Roller System Kills Covers, Plants Corn In One Pass

No-tiller’s homemade planter rolls and crimp covers and eliminates a spring burndown trip.

A Pennsylvania no-tiller has created a special system for his corn planter that rolls and crimps cover crops and plants in one pass.

Charles Martin, who no-tills 180 acres of corn for feed and silage near Loysville, Pa., says the modified planter lets him clear a path for the seed row and plant in a standing cover crop of small grains or annual ryegrass. The pass also kills some cover crops at certain stages.


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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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