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The Very First No Till Planter Made By IH and Purdue University.


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An old IH dealer in South Dakota, has given an M-21 No Till Planter to the South Dakota #21 Chapter and the national chapter.

Purdue University and IH teamed together to make this very first no till corn drill.

Seven are now known to remain.

The owner wants this available to the public in the Midwest area for all to be able to see. 

South Dakota is working on a full restoration and to put it on a period correct M or 400.

It is missing a couple of fertilizer boxes and one bracket.

If anyone would have any boxes like seen on this video, we would appreciate getting our hands on them to complete the restoration.

It is assumed the same boxes were used on this from other IH corn planters of the time.

IH never built new when they could steal from a prior product.

It is hoped to have this restored and on display in Grand Island at RPRU in 2023.

The story of the planter starts at 2:00 minutes.

If anyone has any additional printed material, such as the owners manual, we would like a copy and will give proper credit for the material. 

PM me with any leads.

 

 

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On 8/29/2021 at 7:41 AM, Diesel Doctor said:

An old IH dealer in South Dakota, has given an M-21 No Till Planter to the South Dakota #21 Chapter and the national chapter.

Purdue University and IH teamed together to make this very first no till corn drill.

Seven are now known to remain.

The owner wants this available to the public in the Midwest area for all to be able to see. 

South Dakota is working on a full restoration and to put it on a period correct M or 400.

It is missing a couple of fertilizer boxes and one bracket.

If anyone would have any boxes like seen on this video, we would appreciate getting our hands on them to complete the restoration.

It is assumed the same boxes were used on this from other IH corn planters of the time.

IH never built new when they could steal from a prior product.

It is hoped to have this restored and on display in Grand Island at RPRU in 2023.

The story of the planter starts at 2:00 minutes.

If anyone has any additional printed material, such as the owners manual, we would like a copy and will give proper credit for the material. 

PM me with any leads.

 

 

Just talked to a fellow this weekend that is going to help restore it

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On 9/21/2021 at 5:27 PM, nate said:

Just talked to a fellow this weekend that is going to help restore it

NO-TILL FARMER has feature story on this in the November edition. Appears IH was out with forerunner of a no-till concept 13 years before Allis-Chalmers, which is considered first commercially successful no-till planter in 1966 (No-Til Coulter). IH’s M21 failed after just 23 sold - was ahead of its time and before weed control products were widely accessible. 

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