The Curtin Family’s farming operation near Stonington, Ill., has been 95% continuous-corn since 2000. Here’s how they make it work:

  • Chop corn residue
  • Bale cornstalks from some fields for livestock bedding
  • Fall chisel plow followed by vertical-tillage tool
  • Two-thirds of N applied in fall as anhydrous ammonia with N-Serve; one-third in spring as 28% UAN
  • Spring pass with vertical-tillage tool to prepare seedbed and incorporate pre-emergence herbicide and N
  • Row cleaners on planter
  • SmartStax hybrids
  • Seeding rate of 36,000 seeds/acre
  • Soil-applied insecticide on selected corn acres
  • Aerial fungicide application on selected acres