"ZONE TILL WILL PREPARE THE IDEAL SEED BED ZONE WHILE LEAVING THE SOIL STRUCTURE AND RESIDUE INTACT BETWEEN THE ROW PRESERVING THE SOIL'S BIOLOGICAL HEALTH AND ABILITY TO RESIST EROSION."
Founder Environmental Tillage Systems, Inc.
Mark is the founder of ETS along with his wife Sue. Mark successfully operates a 1,700 acre cash grain operation in Southeastern Minnesota and has been involved with all facets of crop and livestock production over the last 30 years. The Bauer Farm prides itself upon the implementation of leading edge technology and conservation improvement. During the early development of the company, the Bauers were intimately involved in all aspects of the business. Today Mark serves on the company's Board of Directors as well as leads research and development. Mr. Bauer's long-term goal is to focus on continued product development.
"EACH BRAND OF TILLAGE MACHINE HAS ITS PLUSES AND MINUSES, BUT THE SOIL WARRIOR PUTS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE TOGETHER BETTER."
Third generation farmer TIM FORKNER operates his farm in partnership his father and son. They grow approximately 3,500 acres of corn and soybeans and wheat on fairly flat land (1-3 percent slope). Their fields are flat enough that some of the water runs as far as half a mile, so they have terraces to control the erosion.
Over the last several years, Tim has tried three other strip till machines -- one he built himself and two other brands-- but he wasn't happy with them. He thought there ought to be a way to till soil without pulling a shank, but he didn't know how to go about it. After reading literature about the SoilWarrior, he drove several hundred miles up to a field day in Minnesota to see one run.
"IF WE WEREN'T DOING ZONE ACRES WITH THE SOIL WARRIOR, WE'D NEED A COUPLE MORE TRACTORS, CULTIVATORS AND STONE PICKERS"
Canadian Farmer And Equipment Dealer
WAYNE CANTELON is a farmer and equipment dealer in Canada. He farms 6,000 acres of corn, soybean, edible beans and wheat with his brother and son. They have been practicing zone tillage for several years, and the soil type, combined with rocks and heavy residue, has presented challenges. For about twelve years before purchsing the SoilWarriorÂ® in 2007, Wayne used a shank-type machine, which had a tendancy to plug up in high residue situations.