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Will My Planter Set-Up Close The Seed Trench?

May 03, 2013

Question: I am interested in putting a 1/4" x 15" spiked wheel opposite a rubber closing wheel in no-till.  I live in northwest Missouri and farm primarily hill ground with varying soil types.  I have a Kinze planter with double-heavy, duty-down pressure springs and uplift bags.  My question is will this combination work well together to properly close the trench and limit compaction?
Answer: It will do a pretty good job for you. I’d add a drag chain to help make sure that trench closes and cleans up the micro-environment. For instance, a drag chain can help clean up any divots in the soil.
Field agronomist Missy Bauer recommends last-minute tips to make sure your planter is ready for spring. Bauer suggests checking through almost every aspect of your planter. Some key areas to check out are the planter's row units, drive chains, row cleaners, wheels and frame.  
A poorly calibrated yield monitor can still match scale tickets, but it doesn’t mean it always will. Check out what Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal field agronomist, says about calibrating your yield monitor.

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