Tom Evans

Tom Evans

Before retiring from Great Plains in 2016, co-author, Tom Evans had been in the farm machinery business for 45 years. He worked with Deere & Co. for 17 years, during which time he held various positions in manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales including store manager of Salina Implement Co. in the mid 1980s. For the remainder of his career, he held various positions with Great Plains Mfg. Inc. and focused on planting and seeding equipment, as well as both conventional and vertical tillage equipment.

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Tillage Chisel Points & Shanks Illustrated

The selection of type of points or blades is important to accomplishing what the grower is aiming for in regard to weed control, residue management and seedbed preparation, according to the Tillage Equipment Pocket Identification Guide published by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For example, the less inversion action the point or shovel creates, the less residue is buried.
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Disc Chisels vs. Hybrid Disc Chisels: There is a Difference

A disc chisel is another tool for primary tillage, but it also falls into the “vertical tillage” category. Even though the coulter blades are not vertical, the chisel shanks run below the disc level, which removes the density layer. More recently, some manufacturers have modified the design by changing out the type of shank used.
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A Tillage Tool ‘Primer’ for Equipment Dealers

Having a thorough understanding of the wide range of tillage tools available and their proper application makes the salesperson a ‘subject matter expert.’ This is what customers are looking for.
The reasons why farmers till the soil haven’t changed much over the past several decades, but the tools they use have evolved in significant ways. The proliferation of implements developed to cultivate farm fields have greatly refined tillage operations, while at the same time trying to figure out the right tool for the right application can leave growers perplexed about what they should be using.
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