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Source: No-Till Farmer news release

A product that serves as a foundation for innovative no-tillers looking to reduce compaction and enhance soil tilth has taken the top prize as No-Till Product Of The Year for 2013. No-Till Farmer readers selected Cover Crop Solutions' Tillage Radish cover-crop seed as the best product of 2013.

The product finished first overall among 13 products that No-Till Farmer readers had earlier deemed by their vote to be the best in their respective categories.

The Tillage Radish won the overall Product Of The Year prize for the second consecutive year and was also the top vote-getter in the cover-crop seed category.

Manufacturers whose products were voted the best in 13 individual categories were recognized today in front of about 950 no-tillers attending a special luncheon awards ceremony at the 22nd annual National No-Tillage Conference ( in Springfield, Ill. They were also recognized in the Winter 2014 issue of No-Till Farmer's Conservation Tillage Guide.

Here is a list of 2013 award winners by individual category, along with honorable mentions:

•Fertility/Soil Amendments: Agrotain, Koch Agronomic Services. Honorable Mention: NutriSphere-N, SFP; Gypsoil, Beneficial Reuse Management.

•Fungicides: Headline AMP, BASF. Honorable Mention: Quilt Xcel, Syngenta; Stratego YLD, Bayer CropScience.

•Insect Protection: Herculex XTRA, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer. Honorable Mention: Warrior insecticide, Syngenta; Genuity SmartStax, Monsanto.

•No-Till Planters/Drills: John Deere 1770NT Planter. Honorable Mention: Kinze 4900 Series Planter, Kinze Mfg.

•Planter/Drill Attachments: Keeton Seed Firmer, Precision Planting. Honorable Mention: 1360 Floating Row Cleaner, Martin Industries.

•Precision Tools: 20/20 SeedSense, Precision Planting. Honorable Mention: EZ-Guide 500, Trimble; Versa/Integra Display, Ag Leader.

•Residue Management: Stalk Stompers, May Wes Mfg. Honorable Mention: 5000 Stalk Devastator, Yetter Mfg. Co.; BT Chopper/Crusher Stalk Rolls, Calmer Corn Heads.

•Seed Treatments: CruiserMaxx Beans, Syngenta. Honorable Mention: Poncho/Votivo, Bayer CropScience.

•Spraying Equipment: 4940 Self-Propelled Sprayer, Deere & Co. Honorable Mention: Apache 20 Series, Equipment Technologies.

•Strip-Till Equipment: Zone-Stripper, Unverferth Mfg. Co. Honorable Mention: Blu-Jet StripTill Systems, Thurston Mfg. Co.

•Weed Control: Sharpen herbicide, BASF. Honorable Mention: Liberty herbicide, Bayer CropScience; Halex GT herbicide, Syngenta.

•Fertilizer Application Equipment: Totally Tubular starter fertilizer tubes, Totally Tubular. Honorable Mention: 2987 Magnum fertilizer applicator, Yetter Mfg. Co.

•Cover Crop Seed: Tillage Radish, Cover Crop Solutions. Honorable Mention: Bounty Annual Ryegrass, Bio Till/Saddle Butte Ag.

"The readers of No-Till Farmer are some of the most discerning, knowledgeable farmers in the industry, so these manufacturers should be proud that their products have been recognized for their strong performance," says Darrell Bruggink, executive editor and publisher of No-Till Farmer.

A call for nominations for the 2014 program, as well as voting, will be announced later this year. The 2014 Product Of The Year award winners will be announced during the 23rd annual National No-Tillage Conference from Jan. 14-17, 2015, in Cincinnati and in the Winter 2015 issue of No-Till Farmer's Conservation Tillage Guide.

To learn more about the No-Till Product Of The Year program or the National No-Tillage Conference, call Bruggink at (262) 782-4480, ext. 420, or e-mail him at You can also learn more at

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