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Questions and advice abound on the No-Till Farmer sponsored Web site Bulletin Board.
No-tillers can discuss ideas and techniques 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.no-tillfarmer.com.
Among the hot topics discussed recently is applying anhydrous ammonia while planting. Here’s what fellow no-tillers had to say.
Looking For Advice. I am considering putting on anhydrous ammonia as I no-till. Does anyone have any experience with these systems on the planter? I am considering looking for an old bridge hitch and using the center section (5 by 30 inches) from my DMI toolbar and pulling a wagon behind a 6-row, 30-inch John Deere no-till planter. Does anyone make a knife shank that would mount on the planter?
—Andy from southern Illinois
I would think twice about pulling a wagon behind the planter especially when no-tilling corn. I used a bridge hitch to pull a liquid tank of starter fertilizer behind the planter. With rolling ground, I had trouble with the wheels running on the row, compacting the soil, poor germination and uneven corn plant growth.
I have a neighbor with a Kinze planter but his tank has very large floatation tires and he is in conventional till. Even then I noticed some problems in beans. It’s best to install tanks on your tractor or planter.
—Merritt A. Seefeldt Jr
I worked with a no-tiller who put three straight shank knives on his 6-row planter. He didn’t put a knife in the tractor…