206 Elk Fork Rd.
P.O. Box 428
Elkton, KY 42220
President & CEO
After leaving no-till farming in 1972, Howard Martin decided to give it another try in the early 1980s. The combination of hard pan and thick residue caused the soil profile to remain moist through the corn planting season. This condition was lead- ing to stands that were only 40-50% of what they should have been. A study done by Iowa State Univ. on the connection between crop residue and soil temperature prompted Martin to pursue a solution.
According to the study, a 2-5 degree change in soil temperature could affect plant growth as much as 30%. Martin knew that if the residue could be pushed aside, the soil would dry faster, be warmer and therefore improve stands. In the winter of 1983, he went to work on what is now known as the Martin Row Cleaner. In the spring of 1984, he successfully tested his new invention and began manufacturing the row cleaners in 1991.
Within a year, his units were operating in 15 U.S. states and Canada. Today, Martin Industries supplies more than 1,500 dealers in 38 U.S. states and four countries.
From the beginning, it had been Martin's goal to increase the number of days avail- able for planting, improve stands and increase the chances of faster, early growth in a wide range of soil conditions. Studies have shown a 20-25% improvement in stands as a result of the row cleaners.
Consisting of a combination of planting attachments in a five-step process, the Martin-Till planting system is designed to increase the number of days available for planting, improve stands and increase the chances of faster, early growth in a wide range of soil conditions.