How It Works

Since 1998, Pacific Ag has been helping growers to reduce costs, improve crop emergence and yield, and increase revenue per acre.

Working one-on-one

We work one-on-one with each grower, year-by-year and field-by-field, to develop a residue harvest program that supports their specific harvest and rotation activities and timing—all the while meeting long term soil management goals.

We practice sustainable harvest residue removal, and our own precision standards are stringent enough to meet land and soil conservation requirements of the National Resource Conservation Service.

Based on years of experience

Our residue management program is based on years of experience working directly with growers. We determine with each grower, field-by-field, the right amount of residue to harvest to ensure moisture and soil protection needs are met while optimizing the effectiveness of tilling, inputs and emergence.


Balanced residue management promotes optimum residue levels to support overall soil health, organic carbon levels, fertility and moisture requirements.
Balanced residue management reduces costs with fewer tillage passes, planter skips and lower nitrogen fertilizer.
Balanced residue management promotes faster and higher percentage emergence that improves yields.
Balanced residue management provides quick field preparation for double cropping, and enhances crop protection and soil amendment activities.
Focus your resources, equipment budget, workforce and management skills on your high-value primary crops.
With balanced residue management, we pay you for the stover we harvest and remove, and you have fewer field preparation costs—all adding to a better bottom line.

Improving emergence (an example)

The first image shows a field with no stover removal, and a 79% emergence rate. The second image shows the same field, but where Pacific Ag harvested stover resulted in a 90% emergence rate.

What makes us different

Pacific Ag is the first and only national company focused on harvesting crop residue. Now operating in 10 states, we harvest 12 months a year, moving our fleet of equipment around the country.

  • We’re more experienced.
    We’ve been harvesting crop residue on a commercial scale since 1998, and we harvest year ’round—not just for 30 to 60 days like local crews.
  • We’re more responsive.
    We own and operate the largest fleet of the newest harvest equipment, allowing us to get in and out of your field quickly, whether you’re preparing for next year’s planting or you need a quick turnaround for double-cropping.
  • We do what we say we’re going to do.
    We work with you one-on-one to develop a residue removal plan that supports your soil conservation and farming goals, and we follow through with no surprises. Your field will be left as you expected it.
  • We provide consistent demand for your residue.
    Our customers require material year ‘round, ensuring consistent demand for your residue. We’re also the largest company harvesting crop residue for export forage markets for transport via container ship.
  • We pay you on time.
    We also provide professional documentation of removal rate and payment for your records.
  • We’re here for the long haul.
    Our staff understands the agriculture industry and supports a business culture that is based on building long-term relationships.

The Importance of Harvesting the Right Amount of Residue

  • makes tillage more difficult and expensive
  • interferes with planting operations and emergence
  • slows the warming of soils
  • reduces yield due to immobilized nitrogen
  • can be a source of pests and pathogens
  • adds to crop protection costs
  • hurts soil moisture retention
  • reduces soil fertility
  • diminishes organic matter
  • weakens soil structure
  • increases risk of blow

Many of our new growers first work with us on a trial basis, allowing us to harvest on one or two of their fields. These growers typically give us more acreage in the same harvest season because we deliver as promised.