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No-Till Attachment For Conventional Planters
An Iowa corn-soybean farmer's no-till attachment that mounts on older conventional planters for planting in trash and sod is catching on fast with farmers throughout the Midwest.
Greg Hohl, Donnellson, Iowa, says his "no-till" planter attachment eliminates the need for buying an expensive no-till planter "which can cost $2,500 to $3,000 per row". His device, which he is patenting, sells for $200 per row. He's converted 30 planters in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, and uses a converted IH Cyclo on his own 800-acre farm.
Hohl's add-on unit consists of a second planter between the lift wheels and the hitch point. No-till coulters of any type attach to support arms (one per row) which are mounted on the add-on framework. The weight of the planter transfers through the frame to the coulters. Inoperation, weight from the planter is great enough to slice through nearly all trash and ground conditions.
"My framework serves to transfer weight of the older conventional planter from the lift wheels to the coulters, overcoming the problem of not having enough weight to penetrate through trash," explains Hohl. He adds that converted planters will plant at 4 to 6 mph.
The attachment is designed to fit IH 400 air planters, 4 to 8-row, and JD 7000 series planters. The $200/row price includes a coulter. When planting in extra-hard sod, an additional closing device, which Hohl supplies, is needed.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Greg Hohl, Rt. 1, Donnellson, Iowa 52625 (ph 319 835-5404).

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