Articles by Michael Austin

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Who Makes The Best No-Till Drill?

No-tillers provided the positives and negatives about many brands of no-till drills on the market.
At some point no-tillers who own drills are going to need to upgrade to a new one. This month's Farmer's Forum message board was chock full of information concerning many of the major manufacturers of no-till drills. Also being hotly debated were the use of seed tube splitters.
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Eliminating Dirt From The Inside Of Gauge Wheels

No-tillers offered their solutions to this dirty problem and swayed another farmer away from using a rotary hoe.
The web site www.no-tillfarmer.com has been busy the past few weeks. If you haven't taken a look at the site, now is the perfect time. Some of your fellow no-tillers have been chiming in on subjects ranging from the best planters to what rotations work best to the No-Till Farmer's featured topic of problems with dirt building up on gauge wheels.
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You’re Never Properly Prepared

Unexpected tragedies can send the life work of a no-tiller into shambles.
No-Tillers are accustomed to hearing words such as cover crops, planters, drills, nitrogen and residue. But, they also should have the words living trust, will and power of attorney in their vocabulary.
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Are Martin Spading Closing Wheels Worth The Investment?

No-tillers also debated cross-slot openers, seed firmers and much more at www.no-tillfarmer.com
It was an active month for no-tillers in the field, and on our Web site. Despite being swamped with work, no-tillers found time in their busy schedules to hop onto the Farmer's Forum at www.no-tillfarmer.com and post their questions, answers and findings.
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Proven No-Till Planter, Drill Modifications That Work

Four no-tillers let readers in on their best shop-tested equipment secrets.
Not content with using a plain, old no-till planter or drill, a panel of four innovative no-tillers at last January's National No-Tillage Conference explained their best-kept secrets when it comes to modifying equipment.
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Eliminating Gauge Wheel Guesswork

Join this debate and others with knowledgeable no-tillers at www.no-tillfarmer.com
It started innocently enough, with one no-tiller asking how to put Case IH gauge wheels on his Kinze planter. The curious no-tiller received plenty of responses to his posting and received a few more about the effectiveness of the tires he's about to put on his machine.
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Value-Added Can Bring Big Returns

Rick Heintzman explained his philosophy on how you can cash in on any of your no-tilled, value-added crops.
Rick Heintzman's story truly is the American dream. No-tilling from his 4,000-acre farm in Onaka, S.D., Heintzman has gone from selling flaxseed at $3.50 per bushel at the elevator to selling the same bushel for hundreds and even thousands of dollars through creative marketing.
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An Alternative To Roundup Ready?

No-tillers continue the debate at www.no-tillfarmer.com
While the price of some generic herbicides seems intriguing, no-tillers had to find out from their peers if the idea has merit or not. No-tillers also weighed in on different types of air seeders and their effectiveness for this month’s issue.
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