Exapta Solutions Inc., offers the Valion seed tube guard to prevent opener blade flex, resulting in consistent seed depth by avoiding pinched furrows. The Valion creates a properly shaped furrow that’s wide enough to get the seeds to the bottom, and offers more planting depth control. The seed tube guards are designed to last two to five years longer than OEM guards. List prices: $26.50 for John Deere XP (twist-on style); $31.50 for early Kinze and pre-XP John Deere 7000, 7200 and heavy-duty welded shank on 1700s (’03 and ’04). For more, call (785) 820-8000 or visit www.exapta.com.