Maintenance on JD 50/60/90s

This special flat washer and flange locknut wear against each other as the closing arm moves up/down in the field. They wear fairly quickly, since they’re only grade 5 from Deere (Exapta’s are both grade 8). Eventually they wear enough that there’s additional...

Profile of Success: Lewis & Jason Unruh, Peabody, KS

by Matt Hagny Case studies of some top-notch no-tillers (there are many). Jason and Lewis Unruh Whereas some successful no-tillers use their enhanced profitability and efficiency to double, triple or quadruple the size of their farms, Lewis Unruh has taken a different...

Blade Size for No-till Openers

by Matt Hagny Bigger isn’t always better. At least not for opener blades cutting mulch (and soil) in no-till. Too many OEMs want to use 20 – 24” opener blades on their drills. Mostly so they can tout how long they can go before needing replacement—when what these OEMs...

Profile of Success: Scott Arthaud, Keyes, OK

by Matt Hagny Case studies of some top-notch no-tillers (there are many). Scott Arthaud The Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle is an exceptionally harsh environment for growing dryland crops, and despite being plenty dry most of the time, no-till isn’t the no-brainer that you...

Profile of Success: Craig & Gene Stehly, Mitchell, SD

by Matt Hagny We’re starting something a little different with this newsletter series, aiming to give you some things to think about by providing case studies of some top-notch no-tillers (there are many). Craig Stehly on their farm in South Dakota With 25+ years of...