15 No-Tillers Share Their Best Planter Tweaks, Upgrades

No-tillers take planter modifications seriously as they aim for optimum seed and nutrient placement for specific farm conditions.

TOOLING UP. Upgrading planters with row shutoffs, fertilizer systems, down-pressure controls, closing wheels and other tools is more popular than ever for no-tillers, at times offering substantial savings over buying an entirely new machine.

Although farm equipment manufacturers have engineers specifically charged to design and build no-till planters that efficiently place seed in the ground at the optimum depth, in a variety of field conditions, it’s difficult to find a no-tiller running a truly “bone stock” OEM planter.

The infinite variability of individual farms and growing conditions has fueled a booming industry in aftermarket attachments designed to help no-tillers and strip-tillers boost the efficiency of an assembly-line planter.

Knowing planters are perhaps the most important machine on a no-tiller’s farm, No-Till Farmer editors recently surveyed readers about the upgrades they’ve made to their planters and why — and what they might have in mind for this growing season.

1. New System Shines

I’m on my second year with a 24-row, 30-foot John Deere 1770NT CCS planter, and for this year we installed a dual fertilizer system and Martin spiked closing wheels for better seed soil contact in damp conditions.

The planter has Martin UMO-100 fertilizer openers for 2-by-3-inch placement of 32% UAN, along with Totally Tubular fertilizer tubes for in-furrow placement of liquid popup fertilizer. The UAN is carried in a 1,200-gallon tank pulled behind the planter, and is delivered by a Demco ground-driven, twin-piston pump.

The popup solution rides in a 400-gallon frame-mounted tank plumbed to a hydraulic centrifugal…

To view the content, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all No-Till Farmer content and archives online. Learn more about the different versions and what is included.

Dan crummett 0618

Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett has more than 35 years in regional and national agricultural journalism including editing state farm magazines, web-based machinery reporting and has an interest in no-till and conservation tillage. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State Univ.

Top Articles

Current Issue


No-Till Farmer

Get full access NOW to the most comprehensive, powerful and easy-to-use online resource for no-tillage practices. Just one good idea will pay for your subscription hundreds of times over.

Subscribe Now

View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings