Who Was The Conference Spy?

When you turn to pages 12 and 13 in this issue, you’ll find an article on the pros and cons of trimming part of the plastic tail off the Keeton seeding attachment to improve your no-till planting efficiency.

While many readers think of these units and similar ones on the market as seed firmers or seed firming devices, this column will explain the reasoning behind our decision to start calling them by their generic name. I’ll also share my opinions as to why it irritates me to see lawyers hassle our staff, National No-Tillage Conference speakers and attendees over something that doesn’t mean a hill of beans to you. Plus our staff doesn’t appreciate it when lawyers attempt to tell our conference speakers what ideas they can and can’t share with you.

Just because one firm doesn’t agree with the way another planter’s seeding attachment is designed and built doesn’t give them any right to declare war on anyone speaking at the National No-Tillage Conference speakers. While I’ve seen hard feelings over the last 3 years regarding this planter attachment situation at our conference from one side, it’s time for these folks to get over it. The issue is blown out of proportion, represents building a mountain out of a mole hill, is putting too many dollars in the pockets of lawyers and isn’t a hassle that anyone needs to deal with at the National No-Tillage Conference.

Here’s What Happened

Back in September, I asked Paul Schaffert, a veteran no-tiller…

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Frank Lessiter

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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