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Made-It-Myself No-Till Feed & Seed
Bill Hodgson gives his broadcast grass seed a boost by ripping slots in the ground with old plow coulters and dripping in liquid fertilizer. He mounted a small electric broadcast spreader to a pipe frame with a 3-pt. hitch and hooked a section of drag behind. It works great and about the only out-of-pocket cost was the plastic fertilizer tanks. He got the idea from fellow Ohio farmer Don Brown (Vol. 44, No. 1). However, Hodgson built his frame out of old pipe and other scrap he’d set aside.
“We use it in fields where the grass is wearing thin,” says Hodgson.
Hodgson used 2-in. pipe for the 2 by 6-ft. frame. He used steam fittings for the right-angle elbows and welded in heavy-duty angle iron for cross members.
“I used 2 in. pipe for an upright to mount the top link of the 3-pt. and braced it to either side,” says Hodgson. “I didn’t quite trust the butt weld on the upright, so I ran two aircraft cables from the top link end to the rear frame and put turnbuckles on them for added support.”
Hodgson is 86 and not anxious to wrestle the 3-pt. hitch into place, so he added standpipes, two in front and one in the rear. He sets them in place and lowers the seeder, removing them when he hooks it back up. He stores the front ones on the top of the frame.
“The standpipes make it easy to hook up the 3-pt.,” says Hodgson. “Everything is at the right height.”
Hodgson varied his design from Brown’s by replacing the concrete block weights for down pressure with liquid fertilizer tanks. If fertilizer isn’t needed, he fills them with water. Tubes with valves drip fertilizer into the slots made by the coulters.
“I’ve found I don’t often need to fill the tanks, but if I need the fertilizer, I can use them,” says Hodgson. “I plan to add a pressure pump for better control. Now I estimate how much to open the valves.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Hodgson, 4917 N. State Route 60 NW, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756 (ph 740-962-2489).

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