By: Brad Niensteadt

Kinze No-TIll PlanterRugged terrain, heavy crop residue and soil compaction are challenges for all farmers using no-till planting methods. Yet, more and more farmers are moving to no-till practices, lured by higher yield potential. If done right, no-till planting can control soil erosion, reduce fuel and labor costs by eliminating extra trips across the field, and improve soil moisture and fertility. But successful no-till planting depends on making sure your planter is set up correctly.

To start, it’s important your planter is in top condition so it can withstand the rigors of planting in previous crop residue. Essentially the first three steps of conventional cultivation are bypassed when practicing no-till, but you won’t gain any advantage if the equipment isn’t working properly. You can increase yield potential using no-till by following some simple maintenance checks to ensure your planter is ready to manage the residue and place seed with precise spacing and depth.

Before you plant:

While you plant:

Following these tips will help you get the most out of your planter during the season. For more information and additional care tips, you can always refer to the equipment owner’s manual or contact your Kinze dealer with questions.

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