So, what will be the future of tillage? What will be the next big trend? Case IH’s Zemenchik says future trend lines project even greater challenges in crop residue in the near term. He says the company designed its current tillage offerings to carry buyers out at least for another six to eight years as yields reach the 300-bu. mark.

However, although the company is not willing to share its future design plans publicly, Zemenchik says a new set of challenges will come as hybrids continue to evolve and will again require a new generation of tools.

“For example, drought-tolerant hybrids could introduce new crops to regions that previously would have been too dry to produce them, such as westward and northward,” he says. “What will that mean for, say, Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, or Texas?

“We’ll be asking different questions 10 years from now, and we have to be ready for them,” Zemenchik adds. “Maybe corn will be grown for other purposes and have different chemistries than today’s hybrids. So we have to look for that, too.”