Tillage Innovation Profiles

 

Murray McCall, Seaforth, Huron
Soil Type: Clay loam | Farm Operation: Cash Crop
Years in Operation of No-till: 9

Tillage/Cropping System

System: No-till
Fall Tillage:
Spring Tillage:

Planter Make, Model and Description
  • CaseIH 955 hopper bin extension
  • Coulter unit on front of drill
  • Liquid fertilizer
Tillage/Coulter Dimensions:
  • Wavy coulters 3 inches deep and 2 inches apart.
  • 2 coulters spaced each side of seed discs

Fertilizer System:
Liquid In furrow: yes
Broadcast: corn and wheat ground spread
Dry Banded: none
Additional Nitrogen on Planter:
Sidedress N:

Producer's Comments

Pros

Cons

  • Less plowing and cultivation.
  • Time saving and fuel saving.
  • Better emergence after heavy rain.
  • Less fall work and less overhead.
  • Less stone picking and no yield loss.
  • Ground slower to dry and warm up in spring.
  • Takes longer to plant a field.
  • Planter takes horsepower.
  • More spraying.
  • More planter wear.
  • Seed depth critical in trash.