Sound Off...No-Till Drill Attachments

If you’re wondering what attachments might be the perfect fit with your no-till drill, check out the rock-solid advice from these No-Till Farmer readers.

James Glassburn built a holder for the hydraulic hoses used with his United Farm Tools 5000 no-till drill (now marketed by Art’s-Way Manufacturing) and also added a donut holder for depth stops.

“We had trouble with the hydraulic hose being pinched when you backed up the drill,” says the Bidwell, Ohio, no-tiller. “We broke one hose and had to get a replacement.”

Harrowing Experiences 

J. Clinton Chamberlain says his favorite no-till drill attachment is a harrow. “It moves a little dirt and residue—enough to cover previously exposed seed,” says the Columbiana, Ohio, no-tiller.

Janet Witker prefers a harrow with rollers rather than spring fingers for pulling behind a no-till drill. “It did a good job of leveling clods,” says the Bradner, Ohio, farmer. “We also don’t have to worry about the tines catching on the ground when backing up with the drill.”

John Seubert’s favorite no-till drill attachment is a Yetter harrow featuring a three-bar finger and spring tines. “It gently moves corn residue, helps level the field and does a good job of covering the seed,” says the operator of J & J Farms at Sunman, Ind. “It also helped us eliminate costly crusting and soil erosion.”

While he doesn’t have a nomination for “worst” no-till drill attachment, Seubert doesn’t use the down pressure cylinder on his Yetter coulter caddy unit.

Transfer Weight

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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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