Equipment Chats Pass The Off-Season

The pros and cons of equipment options are probably the most common discussions at

It&Rsquo;s easy to tell that no-tillers want exactly the right tools for the job, especially when it comes to the big-ticket items needed in the fields.This month we offer another helping of insights and opinions to chew on while spring makes its way back to us.

Liquid Fertilizer Applicator

We’re looking for a liquid fertilizer applicator with a 35-foot-wide toolbar that will cover 16, 30-inch rows. We’d like it to have a capacity from 1,000 to 1,600 gallons and use a twin-piston pump. I have looked into DMI, Fast and Dalton. Are there any others we should consider or any comments about these machines?

—Daniel Miller

Look at Redball

We bought a 12-row, 30-inch 1,200-gallon rig and are very happy with the construction and durability of the machine.We have placed up to 60 gallons per acre with no problems. We don’t sell them, but we’re sold on them.

—Gerald Stephens

No-Till Drill

Anyone using a Great Plains drill to no-till soybeans into wheat stubble and vice-versa?

I like the John Deere 750 no-till drill, but I could replace it with the Great Plains for about two-thirds the cost.


I’m faced with the same situation. I have not used a Great Plains for no-tilling soybeans. I’m not sure if it would do as well as a Deere, which will put them in the ground better than anything on the market.


We run a Great Plains 15-foot no-till drill, and I am very happy with how it plants into…

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