No-Tillers Speak Out On No-Till Equipment Selection, Modification

Check these equipment discussions from our No-Till Farmer Web site:

Questions regarding modifications and selection of no-till planters and drills are among the most popular topics being discussed by visitors on the No-Till Farmer sponsored Web site Bulletin Board.

At, no-tillers can discuss ideas, analyze and argue no-tilling ideas and techniques 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With many no-till topics being discussed in this Web site forum, here are the more significant equipment conversations our staff wanted to share with No-Till Farmer readers.

Ed Winkle, a no-tiller, crop scout and crop consultant from Blanchester, Ohio, moderates this No-Till Farmer Bulletin Board.

Q: There was an article in No-Till Farmer (pages 8 and 9 in the June 2000 issue) about using heave limiters with openers on a no-till drill. I have a 30-foot Great Plains no-till drill and think these gadgets would be helpful. Sunflower makes these accessories and I ordered three to try in double-crop soybeans.

The article indicated they had to be slightly modified for a Great Plains drill. The bolt holding the opener is too short and the angle setting device has a hex hole that’s too big. How can I deal with that and are there any other gliches?

—Bob Cooper,

A: Drill a hole directly below the current hole as close to the other hole as possible. If you drill the hole too far below the current hole, the disc hub will run on the heave limiter and you’ll need to grind a groove in it. Use a 5/8 by 1…

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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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