As conservation practices are becoming more popular, equipment manufacturers are positioning themselves to offer the best technology they can to make the job both easy and cost-effective. Strip-tillage is one of the ways farmers are able to minimize the acres they are actively working, while still providing a quality seed bed for their crops.
John Deere was once a player in the strip-tillage marketplace but had stepped aside in recent years. On Monday, they announced that they are back in the game and are releasing a new lineup of machines to advance your practices and give you the best experience possible, with the launch of their new ST line. Last Friday, they brought a select group of ag journalists to their Davenport training facility to look at the new machine in action.
Steve Spoehr is Tillage Product Manager at John Deere, and he talks about the ST series machines. Specifically, we were looking at the ST 16 drawn model with coulters.
The drawn model comes in a 12, 16, or 18-row option. The integral model will mount on the 3-point hitch and comes in a 12 or 16 row model. The offering includes an integral model as well. There is also a shank option includes shanks that mount where the extra set of coulters are located and allows for the simultaneous application of liquid fertilizer as well.
It all integrates into the John Deere Auto Path precision platform. This way you can work the ground in the fall, and return in the spring to have your planter lay the seed right into those prepared beds.
Again, this is not John Deere’s first foray into strip-tillage. It is not a new practice. So, you might be asking, “what makes this model different?” Spoehr explains why the ST series from John Deere will stand out from the rest.
Models will be available to order in February of 2023 and will be rolling into fields next fall. You can learn more about the new ST lineup at the John Deere website, or by talking to your local dealer.