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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-29-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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No till drill

Anyone have or use a no till drill on their plots? Just wondering.
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Yes. A few folks do. What questions do you have?
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I’m in the process of pricing planters. Leaning towards a Great Plains. I’m excited to transition over to no till. No real questions was wondering how many people are going no till
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What size? If you havent tried one yet, some county conservation districts will rent you one. I know Lycoming county has a crust buster. Hoover tractor has an RTP Genesis 5 that they rent out. We just planted for the first time with a Genesis 3 this spring. Went pretty well, but still need to see how things grew. The calibration process is pretty slick compared to some of the other models I read about.
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What did you plant w the genesis 3? I’d be interested in hearing how things grew. I’ve been looking at no tills also those genesis seem easy w the calibration I wondered how well they worked.
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One Horn has a nice drill...of which I am very jealous! Maybe someday I will have one....but for now we will till and broadcast. There is something about turning dirt though....not sure what it is.
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Fayette Co has two 7 foot Great Plains and a 3 foot Esch drill. I used the 3 foot one last week and it worked great. It is made by amish in Lancaster Co and is very nice (and very expensive $16K) but it is ideal for plots. Trouble with most small ones is they are to light. This Esch weighs 3500lbs and is battery operated up and down. The Great plains 7 footers are good but you need a 75 hp tractor or bigger and you need rear hydraulics. I used a 26 hp 3 cylinder diesel 4x4 tractor and it was a load going up and down hill. Esch says you can use a big UTV with it but I would not on anything other than flat ground.

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Where do you rent the one from in Fayette county? We’re in Allegheny is that a prob renting from them if we don’t live in that county? We have a 30 hp Kubota and can’t pull any of those bigger ones that 3 ft wld be nice. Is it a 3 pt hitch model or tow behind.
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Where do you rent the one from in Fayette county? We’re in Allegheny is that a prob renting from them if we don’t live in that county? We have a 30 hp Kubota and can’t pull any of those bigger ones that 3 ft wld be nice. Is it a 3 pt hitch model or tow behind.
Sounds like a tow behind if the manufacturer says you can use a UTV to plant with it. The weight is nice for doing the no-till planting....as long as the pulling machine can handle it. I would be willing to give it a try with our 35hp tractor.
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What did you plant w the genesis 3? I’d be interested in hearing how things grew. I’ve been looking at no tills also those genesis seem easy w the calibration I wondered how well they worked.
Planted this. It's a mix of the following. Seemed to do decent, depending on the quality of the ground and how well we burned down the existing vegetation. We fenced in a small area, and it looks pretty good. The drill worked great in all areas we tried to plant. Two pics below of areas with better soil.

https://www.kingsagriseeds.com/wp-co...Summer-Mix.pdf

61% Cowpea
11% Sorghum Sudan AS6501
7% Daikon Radish
7% Hybrid Pearl Millet
5% Sorghum Sudan AS6401
4% Peredovik Sunflower
3% T-Raptor Hybrid Brassica


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Unfenced:
LONZO and cspot like this.
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