Winter Cover, Better Spraying Build Stronger Soil, Cleaner Fields

Kentucky no-tiller Jack Estes is seeing promising results from keeping his fields covered as much as possible, switching up herbicides and improving sprayer performance.


KEEPING KINZE. Jack Estes’ last two planters have been Kinzes because he likes the amount of weight on the wings that he hasn’t seen on other planter brands. His 3660 Twin-Line plants 30-inch-row corn and 15-inch-row soybeans, and has 25-wave coulters, Keeton seed firmers, a Martin spaded and solid closing wheels and Martin drag chains.

The Estes family may have adopted no-till in 1983 to avoid picking rocks, but in the 32 years since they’ve…

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Laura barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.

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