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I am considering purchasing a no-till drill. Don't know much about them other than what I have watched on YouTube and read. Would like to hear thoughts from those who have experience with them. Are they worth the investment? I have a 32 hp kubota so it would need to be something that would be compatible.
Thanks Mike - TN
Not many ag type no till drills for a 32hp tractor. For that size the genisis 5 should work. Not as heavy duty as an ag built drill, but more than good enough for most food plotters. As a side note, I had a kubota L3130 and sold it because the local coop would not rent me their 10' sodbuster no-till drill if I did not have at least 60 hp. I traded for an M6040 and rented the drill. I will tell you that the L3130DT (gear, not hydro) with the R1 ag tires and fluid plus heavier loader would have most certainly pulled that drill, even in my rough terrain. Now I chisel plow, disk, and use an old 8' conventional drill pulling a 8' double cultipacker, as my clay/shale soil would just not mellow out and success was hit and miss. I have had great stands every year since.
To your original post. No-till can be challenging in clay soils, make sure the soil is plenty warm and not wet. Drilling into wet soil may cause the seed trench walls to turn hard and make germination spotty. In sandy soils No-till is far superior as it keeps moisture in the soil instead of drying it out. Also, weed control is more challenging in no-till. Winter annuals can give folks fits and many of these are now round up resistant. This can be overcome by using the three mode of action herbicides in a pre-emerge application.
Another option if you are just thinking about corn/beans/sunflowers. For around $ 3000 you can get a 2 row John deere 7000/7100 planter with no-till coulters and even the big (front) fertilizer boxes, and your 32hp is perfect. Also these planters use less seed and much higher germination rate for soybeans than drills. I am aware of 3 different places that make and sell them, PM me if you need more on this. This is the direction I am looking to go, that JD 7000 series will give a great stand in pavement.....they named it "max emerge" for a reason.
I bought a used Kasco versa drillfrom kasco it would be considered a minimum till drill
With that small of a tractor, you will only be able to use a Genesis 3 or get something that can only be pulled rather than 3 pt. I have a 50 hp Kubota and it really isn't quite big enough for my Genesis 5.