New tools for tillage

Maybe that tough, black dirt out back still works best if you till it. Or maybe you prefer the seedbed you get in your soils when you start with deep tillage, then follow up with some sort of secondary tillage.

Equipment manufacturers are hearing your message loud and clear. Here are choices for those who still utilize conventional tillage in many instances.


Moldboard plow makes its debut

Many moons have passed since a new moldboard plow debuted at the Farm Progress Show. Salford says there’s demand for plows with up to 15 bottoms. The 12-bottom model pictured features 18-inch, spring-trip bottoms. Hook it to a 450- to 500-horsepower tractor. Contact Salford, Osceola, Iowa, and Salford, Ontario, at 866-442-1293, or visit


No stand skips due to residue

When residue gets in the way at planting, a grower gets a “skippy” stand. The Galaxy Implement uses staggered rows to bring superior residue flow to the operation. The narrow-row strip-till implement offers 20-, 22- and 24-inch row spacings. It’s available in 20- to 45-foot models. Ease of operation is ensured because the Galaxy has no daily grease points on the row units; all adjustments can be made with a 2¾-inch wrench. As pictured — a 12-row model with 22-inch centers — suggested list price is $54,900. Call Thurston Manufacturing Co., Thurston, Neb., 800-658-3127, or visit


Tool moves more residue using less horsepower

Growers who run rippers with deep shanks now have an alternative that saves fuel and maintenance costs: the BT Conquest from Blu-Jet. This primary tillage tool offers hydraulic adjustment of the coulter and disc depth with three different point options — straight, sweep or 3-inch twisted shovel. Growers can bury residue or leave it on the surface using the lower horsepower of a coulter chisel while having the burying capacity of a disk ripper. The BT Conquest is available in sizes from 11.25 to 22 feet. The machine pictured is 16.5 feet, and the suggested list price is $50,000. Call Thurston Manufacturing Co., Thurston, Neb., 800-658-3127, or visit

This article published in the December, 2010 edition of INDIANA PRAIRIE FARMER.

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