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Missouri Renegade Update


Finally got into the field with the 15’ RENEGADE VT on last week before it rained. My coworker Derek Porter was coming back from a Kansas delivery, and was able to stop to help me evaluate the job it was doing (which I thought was fantastic) and help make some adjustments.


Here is the job that it is doing with the tines set at 5 degrees. This field was in corn last year and not had any tillage done last fall. Note that it does not bury the residue, while leaving the soil ready to plant into. The RENEGADE VT has penetrated 7+ inches for true vertical tillage. We are getting air into the soil, which was sealed over from all the snow and rain this past winter and spring. Any rain that comes now will soak in very nicely.

Keep checking back for more pictures and updates on how the RENEGADE VT is working this spring. We will also be posting videos on You Tube.

My contact info:               jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office:   info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

Have a safe and productive planting season!

John Viertel

Missouri Update

Here is what has been going on in the state of Missouri the last few weeks. Lots of deliveries of all our liquid products, and finally the first delivery of a 15’ RENEGADE VT to Shelby County on April 12. So far because of weather conditions, we have not had a lot of field work going on across the northern part of the state. There has been some fertilizer applied, the wheat has been top dressed and sprayed. We applied 2 gallons per acre of 2075 SRN on our wheat last week with the herbicide. Not very much corn planted, though. That should change this week if the weather forecast holds true through Wednesday. By the way, did I mention that here in Jefferson City, MO, we had enough snow last week that all the grass was covered by 9 a.m.! All gone by 2 p.m., though.

Check back later this week and I will update on how the Renegade VT is doing this spring.

My contact info:               jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office:   info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

Have a safe and productive planting season!

John Viertel

Manage Compaction and Residue with the Renegade VT

2018 is finally over!

While for some growers 2018 brought good weather and a bountiful crop, there are those that feel relieved to move on to 2019 especially after a wetter than average fall. As the calendar roles into 2019 a concern amongst a lot of growers I’ve talked to is how to manage fields that couldn’t have fall work done to them? It’s no surprise, based on the wet conditions most experienced throughout harvest coupled with above average yields, compaction and large amounts of residue could create problems going into this upcoming spring.

Our Renegade VT vertical tillage tool is the ideal machine to manage any of these situations where compaction or residue left from last fall is an issue. The Renegade VT sets itself apart from any vertical tillage tool in the industry by fracturing the soil and eliminating compaction to a depth of 6-8 inches while leaving no horizontal compaction layer and creating a smooth level seedbed to plant into. The fracturing is done with the Renegades aeration tines that run on 3.75 ft sections and can be easily adjusted based on how aggressive the field needs to be worked. These tines allow the grower to work at a greater depth compared to other vertical tillage machines on the market that rely on coulters alone. At its most aggressive setting, the Renegade VT does an outstanding job of knocking down standing corn stalks and preparing a nice seed bed in just 1 pass. At its least aggressive settings, the Renegade VT can be used on any hilly or highly erodible ground and still provide compaction relief and manage residue. The aeration tines are followed by a coulter system that does a nice job of taking out any “roughness” left by the aeration tines, leaving a nice level seedbed to plant into. Followed by the coulters is a set of double rolling baskets for continued leveling and seedbed preparation. If you would like to demo or rent a Renegade VT this spring please contact our office or local salesman and we can get that set up. We offer the Renegade VT in 15, 22.5, 30, and 37.5 foot sizes.

Also look for us at farm shows in the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Macomb, Louisville, Kansas City, and Cedar Rapids for more information on the Renegade VT and other products and services we offer at Soil Service Inc. We will have a machine on display at the Des Moines Farm Show January 29th-31st. For videos and pictures of our Renegade VT visit our website or go to the Soil Service Inc. YouTube page.


Derek Porter




It Doesn’t Matter what Color – John Viertel


So, July is here (and it has been hot here in Central Missouri), the wheat harvest is all but wrapped up, after wheat beans have been hustled in, and post emerge spraying is winding down. Now what’s next? Time to start thinking about harvest? In two months I’m sure that there could be some early season corn shelled somewhere in the state. Ok, maybe two and one-half months.

If you have trying to decide how to get a jump start getting your stalks decomposing, the Yetter Stalk Devastator is a great option! No matter what color combine and header you run, there is an option for you. Here’s what they can do for you:


  • Prevents damage to tires, tracks, wires, and hydraulic hoses on combines, trucks, tractors, and implements
  • Knocks over and crushes stalks for faster decomposition and microbial breakdown of residue
  • Preserves residue cover, reducing soil erosion and keeping stalks in place in windy conditions  
  • Is quick and easy to install with mounting kits for most corn head models
  • Features spring-loaded, adjustable down pressure
  • Solid steel construction ensures reliability and durability
  • Will not interfere with most head cart trailers
  • Rollers can be locked up for transport of head or when not in use
  • Mounting the Yetter Stalk Devastator to your combine header may even save a trip over the field this fall. If you want to discuss them further, give us a call at the SOIL SERVICE, INC Office, or send an email to info@soilserviceinc.com and will get in touch with you with details!

Missouri Planting – John Viertel

Planting finally started!

Last Saturday, I got to the field where this set of Yetter Poly Spiked Closing Wheels were being used to compare to the regular rubber closing wheels. The conditions were very good for planting in this conventional tilled field, so there was very good seed to soil contact.

I will be following this planter all season, checking on how the Yetter wheels perform in notill and planting green in cereal rye. So keep checking back to see results.

John Viertel