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A simple switch to your press wheels can make closing the furrow more consistent & profitable, just as central Illinois precision ag specialist, Andy Waters, has found.

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Doing the Math Shows Furrow Cruiser’s ROI
When the farming economy is soft, as it is today, it’s essential to get the highest yields possible. 

“Every bushel counts,” says Andy Waters, central Illinois precision ag specialist with Linco-Precision in El Paso, Ill. “And yield-boosting products like Furrow Cruiser spiked closing wheels, which are simple, mechanical and inexpensive, are the ones that pay off big time.”

Linco-Precision’s first Furrow Cruiser experience was in 2013. That customer found that rows planted with Furrow Cruiser emerged two days earlier than those where the stock rubber tires were used.

After seeing Furrow Cruiser’s performance, Andy began recommending the Furrow Cruiser system.

“We’re in an area that’s got a lot of conventional till,” says Andy. “What I tell customers is that Furrow Cruiser is never, ever going to hurt you on conventional till in perfect conditions. Where it’s going to help you is if you’re planting in marginal conditions—when you really shouldn’t be planting but you’ve got to. They will help you out tremendously.”

“And in no-till, Furrow Cruiser is almost a no-brainer.”

It’s all about the numbers
Andy uses independent research to show customers the benefits of using Furrow Cruiser.

“For example, I’ll say we’re going to just focus on corn,” Andy says. “In 2015, the Heartland Studies showed a nine-bushel increase per acre with Furrow Cruiser versus stock rubber tires. In 2016, it was an 11-bushel increase. So you could say it’s an average of 10 bushels per acre increase.”

Andy continues with his example. “If you’ve got a 16-row planter, your investment is about $2,000. But remember, it’s not just a one-year product. It’s a five, six or seven year deal.”

“So if you farm 500 acres of corn, and let’s say your yield increase with Furrow Cruiser is not 10 bushels per acre, but 5 bushels per acre. That means you’ll get 2,500 more bushels.”

“Corn is probably $3.50 to $4.00, but let’s just say it’s $3.00 per bushel. Multiply that, and you’re looking at an additional $7,500. Take away your $2,000 investment and you’ve got $5,500 more for the first year,” Andy says.

“I always lowball the numbers,” he explains. And when growers see the math, it’s pretty convincing.

“In these Heartland studies, which are third-party studies, Furrow Cruiser comes in number one every time,” he says. “These are simple products that flat out pay.”  

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