Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE

Using a side-by-side approach, find out first hand how Reduced Tillage Best Management Practices (BMPs) can boost your bottom line. See the example below.

The Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE provides technical assistance to help you get the best results, and it pays you cash if your yield and income are reduced. You’ll save money, improve stewardship and sleep soundly. This is a great on-farm research opportunity—you can’t lose! Limit: up to 160 acres per farm.


If you farm in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin and grow corn for grain or silage, you are eligible. Sweet corn, popcorn or corn planted for wildlife are not eligible.

How Does the Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE Work?
Reduced Tillage BMPs are designed to save you money, by providing technical assistance to develop the best reduced tillage practice for your field based on field location and soil type. Joining is easy:

Enroll one or more fields – before tilling your fields- by simply calling the BMP CHALLENGE at 608-663-4697 or Fax to 608-232-1530.

You’ll use your conventional tillage practices on a check strip located by your crop advisor. On the balance of the field, you’ll use the reduced tillage practice and manage the entire field (check strip and balance) exactly the same way. If you don’t have a crop advisor, we can find one for you.

Your crop advisor will help you set up tillage equipment and visit you during the season to assess crop progress. Your advisor will also work with you to identify and help address any tillage-related issues.

At harvest, you and your crop advisor will assess yield and contact us if you find a loss. Your payment will be based on yield loss minus reduced tillage savings.

Your income is guaranteed!
You will earn at least as much as using your conventional tillage practices, and in most years, you’ll be putting more dollars in your pocket. If you do earn more by taking the CHALLENGE, we will discuss your income increase with you and ask that you contribute 33% of your cost-savings up to a maximum contribution of $6.00 per acre. This contribution ensures that other farmers will be able to experience the CHALLENGE.

The CHALLENGE is backed by a commercial service agreement provided by Agflex, an Iowa corporation. Agflex is not an insurance company and does not sell insurance. The CHALLENGE is not insurance and pays you only for losses due to reduced tillage.

REDUCED TILLAGE BMP CHALLENGE -  Example, Corn Grown for Grain











Strip set up pass








Chisel plow pass








Tandem disk harrow pass








Field cultivator pass








Planting pass






$14.91/acre with starter



Total tillage cost









$40.72 – $21.19 = $19.53/acre reduced tillage cost savings!





Situation 1: Yield loss w/ BMP



170 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $374.00/acre



150 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $330.00/acre



Net yield loss



$374.00 - $330.00 = $44.00/acre yield loss



Net economic return



$44.00 loss - $19.53 savings = $24.47/acre net loss



$24.47/acre performance guaranty paid to grower





Situation 2: Yield gain w/ BMP



170 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $374.00/acre



180 bu/acre x $2.20/bu = $396.00/acre



Net yield gain



$396.00 - $374.00 = $22.00/acre yield gain



Net economic return



$22.00 gain + $19.53 savings = $41.53/acre net gain



$41.53/acre gain - $6.00/acre contribution
= $37.03/acre net gain
or $3,703 on a 100 acre field!







Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE

Reduced Tillage BMP Challenge Application

               Reduced Tillage BMP Challenge Check-Strip Form

               Reduced Tillage BMP Challenge Net-Returns Form


Contact Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE

Contact Reduced Tillage BMP CHALLENGE

Andrew Arlt
1914 Rowley Ave.
Madison , Wisconsin  53726
Phone: 608 663-4497
Fax: 608 232-1530


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Wisconsin