Improving Your No-Till Planter

Actively responding to the questions of fellow farmers, no-tillers have been eager to jump into a number of different hot topics.

Now is the best time of year to utilize the No-Till Farmer Web site message board, Farmer’s Forum, at

With the anxious anticipation of another no-tilling season at hand, take the time to get all of your questions answered by scanning the responses of no-tillers just like yourself on our message board.

This month has been particularly busy, with no-tillers chiming in on topics such as improving no-till planters, how to decide if no-till is right for you and if there ever is a good time to deep rip your no-till ground.

Improving Your No-Till Planter

What improvements are you going to make to your no-till corn planter before spring? I’m using most of the Martin system except for the drag chains.


I use the Martin equipment as well. Drag chains are a must to break up clods and level out the worked strip. I would not go without the chains, which makes for a cheap improvement.


I replaced my Yetter rear knives last year with Kinze single-disc openers, which made no-tilling a pleasure. The Yetter units were always plugged up.

This year, I’m only doing routine no-till planter maintenance, such as adding new blades and new bearings on my Martin closers.

—Junked my Yetter openers last year

Make sure your no-till planter is running level when no-tilling. You may have to wait until no-tilling season to check because it varies depending on residue, soil type and weather.

If you are no-tilling corn, take a look at…

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