When Ted Kissinger’s son Todd began the process of transitioning their father/son farming operation to no-till, making the right equipment selections was a big deal, especially for fertilizer application. “We were using a rolling cutter and a shank to apply, but Todd said there was just too much disturbance for no-till,” said Ted.
After extensive research, Todd chose Yetter Farm Equipment 2987 Magnums with 22" blades set at 5° angles. They repurposed their BLU-JET® toolbar, placing 20 Magnums at 20" centers. “When you’re not a huge operation, it’s a big deal that you don’t have to buy a whole new unit to get started with no-till. It’s a big savings to take an old piece of equipment, strip it down, and install units like these.”
The Kissingers started out top-dressing or pre-applying anhydrous to wheat and corn with the Magnums, and found operation to be so smooth and easy that they tried it out on other things. “We’ve used it on our brome grass with good results. We also doubled-cropped wheat and milo, and when the milo was about 2" tall, we ran the Magnums diagonally across the rows. It looked tough for a while, but it turned out alright. Milo’s tough.
“The lower price of anhydrous and the fact that it’s so easy to apply it with the Magnums make it worthwhile to put fertilizer on crops now that we would not have before.”
The Kissingers apply fertilizer with the Magnums at an average speed of 8 mph on 2,000-3,000 acres each year.
Mounted on a Progressive 60’ toolbar, Brian Watkins from Watkins Farms used Yetter 2987 Magnums for Fertilizer Application to place P and K on his strip-till and no-till corn during the fall.“We placed the fertilizer in the ground about three to four inches deep. At that depth, there was little to no disturbance of the soil, which was what we wanted,” said Brian.
Brian also found the Magnums required low horse power to operate and low maintenance. He has converted the Magnums to run anhydrous ammonia, and plans to try them for side-dressing this season.
When Lynn Lisius switched from a knife system to the Yetter Magnum for anhydrous application in the fall of 2013, he saw immediate improvements. “It sealed very well, even though it had been a dry year,” he said.
He also noticed that the Magnum pulled more easily. “It required less horsepower, and I could travel faster.”
Lynn selected the Yetter Magnum after a neighbor who had purchased one the previous year recommended it. He plans to use it again in the spring for pre-plant anhydrous application.
Difficult wheat residue was the reason Robert Schaefer decided to try the 2967-039 Frame Mounted Floating Residue Managers on his planter and strip-till unit. After three or four years of use, Robert is very happy with the setup—“it just moves trash out of the way for the planter to come through,” he said.
Though the tools work especially well in wheat stubble, Robert said they also work in corn and bean residue.
Paul Hamann has found that it pays to be creative when planting strip-till corn-on-corn. By constructing his own strip-till bar and fertilizer cart with his son and brother, he estimates he saved several thousand dollars.
By redesigning and shortening a used ridge-till cultivator bar, Paul was able to reduce the tool in weight and length for use on his small farm. He outfitted the bar with Yetter 2984 Maverick HR Plus units, and then mounted the bar on a caddy he found in Nebraska. To complete the setup, he obtained a 12,000-pound Montag fertilizer cart, built a frame, and attached that to the caddy as well.
“We were worried that we would have to make modifications, but 1,000 acres later, it’s proven it actually works,” said Paul.
Like many in southeastern Minnesota, Paul’s cattle graze in his corn stalks in the fall, so he does spring strip-tilling. The Mavericks help him get the job done in time. He also used the tool on soybeans, and even in his neighbors’ alfalfa field, building a berm and putting down fertilizer.
“It’s a very good tool, and strip-till is a real asset in dry years,” said Paul. “Residue and placement of the fertilizer is extremely crucial. We deposit fertilizer in the berm below the root zone, which enhances the roots and provides stimulus for the roots to go down to find the fertilizer and moisture. I’ve been able to see the difference between strip-tilled and non-strip-tilled fields.”
At Promise View Acres, Adam Stewart farms about 2,000 acres of wheat, corn, and soybeans. He first started using Yetter residue managers 10 years ago. When the fertilizer coulters on his John Deere 1770 planter wore out, Adam chose to replace them with Yetter 2995 Parallel Linkage Fertilizer Coulters. His decision was based on their affordable cost and effectiveness.
However, the fertilizer coulters were at first too close together on the planter. So Adam developed his own mounting bracket using Yetter adapters and some extra spacers to move the coulters forward about an inch. The process was relatively painless—“It only took about a day,” said Adam. “You couldn’t even really tell I did anything.”
Once the planter was outfitted with the coulters, Adam used them to knife UAN fertilizer in beside the rows of corn. According to Adam, the knife did not open up as much of a slot as other products he has used. “They were better at getting the fertilizer down into the soil,” he said. “They did an excellent job on our corn.”
For his 800-acre no-till operation, Bill Taylor wanted to apply fertilizer with low ground disturbance. Bill, also owner of a communication technology company, said, “I like playing around with the technology side of things,” and added that the Yetter 2987 NH3 Magnum is a tool that is on the cutting edge of fertilizer application. He has been very satisfied with the lack of ground disturbance.
Bill is a strong believer in a few things when it comes to fertilizer: a split application and shallow placement. “Nitrogen moves down, anyway.” Bill applies his nitrogen 4 to 5 inches deep, a depth he feels places the fertilizer right in the root zone for growing corn. His setup allows him to pre-plant apply with the row. When he plants 2 to 2 ½ weeks later, he places the seed right into the nitrogen pockets. His application speed—6½ mph―means timing is not an issue.
Of his choice to also side-dress, Bill said, “When we have a wet spring, the side-dress application makes up for nitrogen loss.”
Two other advantages of the Magnums, according to Bill, are flexibility and durability. “I didn’t consider how much difference it would make not having to replace shear bolts, but it is a big time-saver. I also like knowing that even though I am applying anhydrous now, I could switch to 28% liquid nitrogen if I wanted.”
Bill’s 11 Magnum units are mounted on an old rotary hoe frame. To save real estate on the folding frame, he added a bar to the center section so he could mount his center units 8 inches behind the units on the wings. “It makes things easier to work on.
“I have been very pleased working with Yetter,” concluded Bill. “I’m a relatively small operation, but they took the time to answer my questions and helped me work through various setup options to choose the right one for my farm.”
In the part of Kansas where Ray Schamberger farms, mounted planters are the norm. “Most of my customers, as well as myself, run mounted planters—you can’t mount a fertilizer unit on these.”
Because no-till is popular in this area, residue managers and coulters take up the real estate in front of the planter. Until two years ago, Ray was dribbling fertilizer behind his planter and missing out on the benefits of incorporating fertilizer into the soil. Then he found the 2968 Row-Unit Mount In-Between Fertilizer Opener from Yetter. “They’re the only option I have found for mounted planters that allows me to incorporate fertilizer.” He uses the units on his 12-row planter to fertilize his corn and soybeans.
Also a John Deere dealer, Ray has sold hundreds of these openers to his customers, who find them durable and relatively easy to install. His customers like the openers’ performance: “The placement is good—away from the seed and into the soil.”
Rich Maurer uses Yetter 2962 Double Disc Fertilizer Openers to apply liquid fertilizer when he plants 2,700 acres of corn and sugar beets in Michigan. Rich’s 24 Double Disc Openers are row-unit mounted, and he plants his beets in 30-inch rows.
“We’d talked to other farmers, and we knew a single disc opener was not the best options for applying fertilizer—it would limit our depth. The double disc is better for trashy conditions,” said Rich. “It cuts right through our wheat and corn residue, and I get the fertilizer 2 inches to the side and 2 inches below the seed.”
Rich has used the units for two years and has found them to be durable, showing only normal wear. “I have been very happy with the Double Discs.”
Steve Graham knows how to optimize the yield potential in his corn-on-corn acres. “I’ve tried a lot of stuff,” he said. “The best solution I have found is a split fertilizer application. I spray on 32% liquid nitrogen right after emergence, but I don’t bank on that. I come back with a side-dress application of ammonia. Sometimes you’ll see a yield hit with corn on corn, but I don’t.”
To side-dress, Steve counts on 2987 NH3 Magnums from Yetter Manufacturing. The units are mounted on a custom-built 60-foot toolbar. “I can just fly with this thing. I like to go about 6½ mph, but I could go as fast as 10 if I wanted to. I get a lot done in a day, and in wet years when there is a small window, that makes a big difference.
“The disc cuts right through the corn-on-corn residue,” continued Steve. “And it’s very low-disturbance.”
In central Michigan's rolling hills, Lee Thelen encounters just about every type of soil, from heavy clay to loam to sand. He needed a fertilizer application tool that could stay in the ground in changing conditions. He found it--in the 3000 Viper II from Yetter Farm Equipment.
"The situation changes fast as you go across the field," said Lee. "I switched to the Vipers from the Yetter 2995 Fertilizer Coulters for the down pressure springs. The Vipers keep the fertilizer in the ground all the time."
Keeping his fertilizer where he wants it is even more important in today's economic condition, said Lee. "Getting the fertilizer in the ground and getting it covered means I get to keep it! With the price of fertilizer today, that means a lot."
Lee has 32 3000 Viper II units on a 40-foot, 16-year-old toolbar. One set is mounted to apply fertilizer 2 inches off the row, the other at 15 inches to hit mid-row for his corn crop.
"These units are built well with enough iron that they're durable. They do the job well all the time."
In 2010, Phil Nestande tried out 2987 Magnum Coulters in order to side-dress his corn with anhydrous ammonia and make nitrogen available to it over a longer time period. With a wet spring, the benefit was dramatic. "My neighbor's corn was short and yellow. Mine was green and tall," says Phil.
He chose the Yetter product after doing Internet research and reading online testimonials about it. "It fit what I needed to do," he explains. He currently uses his coulters just for side-dressing, but plans to begin strip-applying fertilizer, reducing his fertilizer use further while maximizing yield. Though he is still in the learning curve, Phil explains, "The Yetter coulters allow me to apply fertilizer more effectively, both in timing and location of the application."
He's also satisfied with Yetter Farm Equipment service: "The equipment showed up on time, with all the right pieces."
Impressed with the success of his Yetter products, in 2011 he built a larger toolbar using Yetter coulters. His neighbor bought the smaller one Phil had built. After seeing Phil's results, his neighbor has also begun side-dressing with Yetter coulters.
In 2010, after he saw a Yetter Farm Equipment magazine ad, Sixtus Laskowski ordered one Yetter 2968 Row Mount In Between Fertilizer Opener for his thousand-acre farm near Stockdale, Texas. He mounted it on his 7300 John Deere planter, tested it, and immediately ordered seven more.
In 2011 he used the opener for his spring planting of corn, grain sorghum, and cotton. Sixtus says the fertilizer openers work well across his range of soils, from black loam to pure sand. He describes his tillage method as "minimum conventional tillage."
He places the fertilizer two inches below and two inches to the side of his cotton rows. "It’s far enough away so that it doesn’t affect germination, but available when the cotton starts setting roots," he said.
To protect the equipment from corrosion after exposure to fertilizer, he flushes it thoroughly with water and applies a coat of oil.
Tom Sloan uses the 2987 NH3 Magnum as a side-dress fertilizer opener on about 5,000 acres of no-till corn. He is starting his second year with the tool after his Magnums got him out of a tough spot last spring, which was wet and cool. "Last year, it was the only tool we could get that would allow us to place nutrients during crunch time. The spring didn’t allow time for fertilizing, so we had to side-dress everything. This Yetter tool fertilizes through trash fast."
"I looked around for years for something like these fertilizer openers so that I could apply fertilizer without wrecking the seed trench," said Rob Goblirsch. After he put Yetter Farm Equipment's 2968 Row-Unit Mount In-Between Fertilizer Openers on his 1770 John Deere 16-row planter, he knew he had found what he was looking for.
Rob uses the fertilizer openers while applying nitrogen as well as other fertilizers to his 600 acres of corn. "These give me more flexibility to put down what I need without worrying about the mud or wrecking the furrow," Rob said. "I apply fertilizer two inches off the row, and it works great. I also like that it is a compact system."
Allen Decker mounts 2995 Series Yetter Fertilizer Coulters on his Great Plains twin-row planter to fertilize while planting on his 7,500-acre minimum- and no-till farm. "We tried several coulters, but Yetter had the only ones that would work with narrow corn rows," said Allen. He said other coulters were too bulky to fold for transport or so long that they endangered the tires. In addition to corn, he raises wheat, soybeans, and a little alfalfa. He has used the Yetter coulters for two full years with satisfaction. "We have had no problems whatsoever with them."
Doug Brandt custom applies ammonia in the fall for customers of the Nebraska-based Farmers Cooperative. He says the 2987 Magnum for Fertilizer Application from Yetter have been a game changer.
"We've picked up business because of these units. Our customers saw the results, signed on for more acres, and told their neighbors how well they worked," said Doug. "It's the coulter design. There is next to no soil disturbance with the Magnum setup like there is if you are pulling a knife. I've applied in cover crops up to a foot tall, and had no trouble with plugging.
"The placement and sealing are outstanding. I was told by a customer with somewhat compacted clay soil that the Magnums did the best job sealing he'd ever seen."
Doug's setup features 13 Magnums on a three-point bar pulled on an Elk Creek caddy. "I pulled it with a 235 HP tractor, and there were some straight, flat fields I was moving through at up to 9 miles and hour. I can't say enough good about it."
“I’ve used the Yetter 2995-176 Fertilizer toolbar for one year now, and I was able to cut fertilizer costs,” said Robert Kramer.
He uses the toolbar on his conventional-tillage farm of 2,100 acres (1/3 beans and 2/3 corn). One thing that attracted him to this Yetter product was the ease of mounting: “It was the only system I could find that I liked on my planter (a Case IH 1250 24-row 30’’).”
Robert has known Yetter for years and stayed with the company—he’s never had a problem. “Working with my sales rep has been excellent. I’ve never had problems getting a response to my calls. I’d recommend Yetter to anybody.”
"We concluded that for our no-till operation, we needed to get fertilizer deeper into the ground. Because the Yetter injection system placed the fertilizer in the ground, we don't lose nitrogen through nitrification or because it sits on the top of the residue. They've provided a big cost benefit because they've lowered our nitrogen needs per bushel. Yetter coulters are also are a pretty fuel-efficient option.
I like Yetter products because they are well-researched, and the designs advance with the times. Yetter sales reps are great—always willing to help me execute new ideas."
"There is just not a lot built for Monosem planters," said Doug Summer, manager for Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer. So, the company uses Yetter Manufacturing's 2995 T.O.W. Fertilizer Openers, a trailing application tool made for hard-to-fit planters. "The T.O.W. units are easy to adjust, which is good because we do a lot of test plots," said Doug. "We change placement often, and we don't have to crawl under the planter and spend half a day making the adjustments. We can usually get back in the field in about an hour."
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer's operations are largely strip-till, but the units are also run in no-till and conventional tillage conditions. "The units work well in all," said Doug. "The T.O.W. units allow good trash flow through the planter, and the fertilizer placement is on the mark," he added. Doug also has Yetter 2961 Cut-n-Feed Combo units on the front of the planter. "We continue to work with Yetter because they're good on delivery and parts are easily accessible."
"I have been using the 2959 model on my JD 1760 12-row planter. I really like the way that it floats and follows the ground contour and does not gouge. It is so easy to adjust with the handle right up front. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fertilizer coulter system."
William and Robb Hinton stand behind their investment in the Yetter 3600 toolbar. The Hintons are a father and son team farming in Virginia's Northern Neck. This location is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is very sensitive to environmental pollutants. "We feel very strongly about protecting this natural resource and use continuous no-till in our farming operation to help control run off," said Robb. "The concept of injecting our nitrogen makes sense to us. It is not only environmentally responsible but also profitable."
The Hintons are using no-till to build soil structure. This, in turn, adds organic matter and the possibility that they may be able to reduce their fertilizer requirements. Because of the build-up of residue that comes with no-till, the Hintons needed a better way to get the nitrogen they use to side-dress their corn directly to the root zone instead of on top of the ground, where it can be tied up in residue, evaporate in the heat, or run off with a heavy rain.
They turned to Yetter Farm Equipment for a solution. "The Yetter 3600 fertilizer toolbar meets all of our needs. We have been using it for two years and have seen a six bushel-per-acre increase in our yields, and we are working with our local extension office to statistically prove our results over different growing conditions," said Robb.
"This is a well-built piece of equipment that hooks up easily, transports safely, and has performed flawlessly in our side-dress operation," Robb added.
The Hintons were able to attach the 3600 toolbar to their 4730 John Deere sprayer with Swath Pro—they work perfectly together to reduce overlap and costs. Robb adds that the quick hitch is a must to attach the toolbar to the sprayer.
Rodney Mast has adapted the Midwest's strip-till fertilization process for his Mississippi ridge-farming, with excellent results for his corn and cotton crops. "We have consistency of yield from one end of the field to the other like never before," he said.
Rodney, who farms 5,500 acres with his father, Glenn, has toolbar-mounted the Yetter 2995 and 2996 Coulters. Each fall when Rodney creates ridge beds for spring planting, he uses the coulters to apply dry fertilizer on the same pass. "In Mississippi we need the ridge beds so that the seedlings have dry feet during the heavy spring rains," he said.
Previously he had been broadcast fertilizing before ridging the fields. Now he fertilizes in the same path as he is bedding, and at the same time, which saves valuable time. "I use the units again in the spring to side-dress," he added.
As Rodney began the fall 2009 cotton harvest, he said the success was obvious. "My yields were 20 to 30 bushels per acre higher in the ridged and in-row-fertilized fields!" Rodney
When the need arises for a particular tool, Allan Brooks likes to know he has it available in his toolbox. That's the way he feels about his Yetter 2910 Series Heavy Duty Coulters. The coulters, mounted on a 16-foot toolbar, are ready for use when needed. He knows he can rely on the heavy duty coulters when he needs to cut through especially tough residue.
"We needed a tool to target aggressive residue situations," Allan said. "We're using no-till techniques, so we want to retain the residue and yet we still had the need to attack and size it."
"We knew from our past experience operating Yetter coulters for years that we wanted to go with another Yetter coulter for these situations."
Allan has about 2,000 acres on which he raises sweet corn, snap beans, soybeans, processing peas, and barley as a cover crop. Some of the vegetables are double crops, so Allan works roughly 2,300 to 2,400 acres each year.
Allan's workhorses are Yetter 2995 Series Coulters mounted on his John Deere planter that he uses while applying liquid fertilizer. His especially likes the springs on the Yetter coulters, which can help transfer the weight of the toolbar to the coulter.
"This will be the sixth year with that particular machine," Allan said. "We had a previous planter with Yetter coulters that we traded in. When we bought our new machine we knew we wanted to go with Yetter coulters again."
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