4 Steps for Enhancing Your No-Till Drill’s Performance

Exapta Solution’s Matt Hagny offers sound advice on seeding equipment options that improve furrow opening, seed placement, firming and seed trench closing.

Pictured Above: BOOTING THE SEED. Exapta Solution’s Matt Hagny likes the opener and seed boot design of Case IH’s Precision Disk 500 air seeders. With the opener’s design, the seed boot stays within the shadow of the blade, placing the boot much closer to the bottom of the furrow to achieve good seed placement.

If you're trying to control seed costs, it pays to also optimize your no-till drill for peak seeding performance, just as anyone would their larger grain planters. 

While some might think drills are inherently less precise than planters, the uniform timing of emergence does effect yield potential of crops like wheat, soybeans and especially canola, says Matt Hagny.

“If you’re trying to do something that requires more precise timing, like protecting a wheat crop with fungicides, then you can’t have that crop emerging at all different times across the field,” says the founder of Exapta Solutions. “You can’t have non-uniform timing of emergence if you want soybeans to ripen evenly or proper canola crop development.”

He says that with the standard designs of OEM no-till drills and air seeders, Case IH and John Deere in particular…

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Mark McNeely

Mark McNeely is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. His previous experience includes 25 years in industrial engine journalism and marketing. Mark holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

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