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They say necessity is the mother of invention. For Paul Lanpher, a persistent desire for equipment that simply worked better on his farm led him to develop equipment designed for his no-till operation. It’s a desire that he dreamed up about 7 years ago. And after several modifications and updates, Lanpher is excited about his strip-till Dream Machine.
Lanpher farms near Advance, Mo., growing mostly wheat, soybeans and corn. He double-crops the wheat with soybeans, following with corn the next year. It’s a rotation that’s worked well for his 50-plus years of farming.
Lanpher changed over to no-till about 15 years ago. While he was happy with his results, he noticed that the continual traffic on his fields, due in part to his wheat-soybean-corn rotation, was starting to cause compaction problems.
“In my double-crop system, there’s a lot of wheel traffic from spraying, planting and combining,” he says. “That’s when I started looking at some strip-till options.”
He thought the equipment on the market that he researched didn’t exactly meet his needs, so Lanpher set out to design his own strip-till rig that would do exactly what he wanted it to do.
Lanpher’s Dream Machine spreads nitrogen with a Conservation Jet (C-Jet) in a wide band under the seedbed. The knife and sweep loosen a strip of soil about 10 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches deep. Two rolling cultivator gangs run on the ridge of soil behind the C-Jet, chopping and settling the seedbed. If needed, the rolling…