More No-Tilling Options Available With New Equipment On The Market

As no-tilling continues to spread, manufacturers take notice and provide new machinery to help with conservation tillage. Here’s a look at some of the choices offered, many of which were introduced at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.

KINZE PLANTERS

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The new model 3800 forward-folding planters from Kinze come in 60-, 80- and 90-foot planting widths and in 24-row 30-inch, 32-row 30-inch, and 36-row 30-inch sizes. The planters fold to a 14-foot, 7-inch transport width. The 3-inch forward toolbars accommodate fertilizer openers. A toolbar flexes at several points up to 20 degrees, allowing the unit to follow the ground contour. List prices range from $112,345 to $ 203,752.

Kinze Manufacturing Inc., P.O. Box 806, Williamsburg, IA 52361-0806. Phone: (319) 668-1300. Fax: (319) 668-1328. Web site: www.kinze.com.

CENTERLINE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

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New operating modes, expanded data collection options and lower pricing for the CenterLine Guidance System have been announced by Midwest Technologies. The popular manual guidance system now offers a “curved AB” mode to allow operation in any guidance pattern. Automatic guidance information to the closest swath and countdown of the distance to the next swath is provided to the operator while turning at the row end. Adding the SmartPad II handheld computer to the CenterLine system enables on-screen field and hazard mapping and the transfer of data to an office computer. Prices have been reduced on the CenterLine kits that include the DGPS receiver and remote control and the SmartPad II.

Midwest Technologies, 2864 Old Rochester Road, Springfield, IL 62703. Phone: (217) 753-8424. Fax: (217) 753-8426. Web site: 
www. www.teejet.com.

NARDI GROUP VACUUM PLANTER

The new Prosem K vacuum planter is a three-row, 5.6-meter unit that has been tested in Europe for the past 5 years. The vacuum chamber…

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Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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