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Unique closing wheel

A new Thompson spoked closing wheel provides furrow closing, ultra-low mud adhesion and durability. The wheel's thin-edge profile and spoke geometry create a unique slicing and crumbling action during furrow closing that works for tough planting conditions, including no-till. It fits most planters and gauge-wheel drills.

Prices run from $40 to $68 per wheel, depending on the planter. Contact Exapta Solutions Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 952, Salina, KS 67402, 785/820-8000, visit or

Deere planter attachments

A new narrow-row combo and Curvetine closing wheel designed for John Deere's new 1790 and DB series planters are available from Dawn Equipment. The narrow-row setup works for row spacing of 15, 20 and 22 in. The narrow-row coulter combo used with the 1200 Curvetine closing wheel allows the planter to go through heavy no-till residue without plugging or covering the adjacent row. With the coulter 2 in. off center, sidewall compaction is eliminated. The system also works in conventional conditions.

The new coulter combo retails for $389, and the 1200 Curvetine closing wheel costs $82. Contact Dawn Equipment at 800/554-0007, visit or

New round balers

New Holland's BR series round balers produce bales from 4 × 4 ft. to 5 × 6 ft. The new balers replace New Holland's popular series 600, including the 644 and 658 models. With new model numbers ranging from BR730 to BR780, customers have five chamber sizes and eight distinct models from which to choose. XtraSweep pickups come in 71- and 82-in. widths.

Twine is the primary wrapping system, but a new EdgeWrap net wrapping system is available on all but the smallest model. It wraps around the edge of the bale with conventional wide net material.

For easier feeding and mixing, a new bale-slicing system is available on 4- × 5-ft. and 5- × 6-ft. models. With the new CropCutter rotary feeder-cutting system, the W rotor feeds crop material through 15 individually protected no-escape knives designed to chop quickly and efficiently. Rotor reversing is possible using either a manually operated or hydraulic system. The balers are suitable for work in silage, hay and straw.

Preliminary reports indicate that Case IH has its own common-platform version of the BR round balers. The new Case IH round balers currently being sold outside the U.S. are the RBX452 and RBX462. Case IH has not yet officially announced that the new Case IH balers will be sold in the U.S.

Prices of New Holland models range from $15,100 to $38,000, depending on the size and features of each model. Contact New Holland North America, Box 1895, New Holland, PA 17557, 888/290-7377, visit or - Wayne Wenzel. New soybean planter

Ease the stress of spring planting with the new Hiniker 4850 soybean planter. Now available in a 45-ft. planting width, as well as 30- and 40-ft. widths, the planter will seed soybeans in a variety of tillage and residue conditions.

It uses a 130-bu. central seed tank to feed 24, 32 or 36 single disc seed openers. Planter-style gauge wheels running adjacent to each seed-drop tube control seed depth. A polyethylene firmer assures good seed-to-soil contact.

A level, uncompacted seedbed is produced by the unique seed covering system that uses an angled rotary disc closer to capture soil from the opener disc and then returns the soil to fill the seed trench. According to the company, this system provides a seed environment that results in faster and more complete germination.

Seed is individually metered to each row by a bank of volumetric seed meters. A zero-max adjustable transmission provides an infinite range of population settings. This allows accurate seed populations at planting speeds in excess of 8 mph, company officials report.

A complete 45-ft. unit with 15-in. row spacing costs $57,375. Contact Hiniker Co., Dept. FIN, Box 3407, Mankato, MN 56002-3407, 507/625-6621, visit or

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