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Here are my thoughts on recently asked questions by No-Till Farmer readers. Remember that your particular farming circumstances may result in entirely different answers to these particular concerns.
A: If you are not having any no-till drilling problems, don’t change. One difficulty that will occur with a planter is if you want to plant corn in the morning and soybeans in the afternoon, then switch back to corn the next morning.
It takes a considerable amount of time to switch back and forth and this might prevent you from completing planting in a timely manner.
A: Where topsoil is deeper than 16 inches, I would not have a problem paratilling. The disturbance of soil will be minimal.
In no-till, it is critical to avoid any operation that can cause compaction. With the soil covered with residue, which blocks the sun’s rays, compaction will stay around much longer in no-till. If you can paratill in dry conditions, this would be beneficial.