Small no-till seeder
Great Plains Manufacturing has introduced a no-till drill in 7-, 9- and 11-foot widths. It is ground-driven by spikes in the packer rollers. Main and small seed boxes are standard. For more information, contact Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, Kan., at 800-270-9302 or see greatplainsag.com.
New field cultivator air drill
Till and seed at the same time with the new Field Cultivator Air Drill from Great Plains Manufacturing. The machine is based on the Great Plains 8544 Field Cultivator. The base list price is $200,000. For more information, contact Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, Kan., at 800-270-9302 or see greatplainsag.com.
New 30-foot stack-fold planter
Great Plains Manufacturing has a 30-foot version of its stack-fold planter. It can plant in 15-inch single or twin rows, or in 20-, 22-, 30-, 36- or 38-inch single rows. For more information, contact Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina, Kan., at 800-270-9302 or see greatplainsag.com.
Depth control for no-till farmers
Schlagel's No Till Gauge Wheels are made with no-till, minimum-till or even conventional-till farmers with hard soils in mind. Company representatives say these wheels work well in wet soils. The open spokes and horizontal fingers allow for debris and wet soil to escape. They act as a rotary scraper cleaning from the center of the disk out. The entire disk is cleaned, allowing the openers and coulters to continue turning. They can be installed across the entire planter or to replace rubber wheels. For more information, contact Schlagel, Torrington, Wyo., at 888-889-1504 or schlagel.net
Versatile cover crop seeder
Express a need and someone will build it. Several farmers are experimenting with interseeding cover crops into growing corn and soybeans. Hiniker offers the 7000 Series cover crop seeder capable of providing seed for twin rows. It can accurately plant a variety of seeds, including many cover crop species, as the photos show. This seeder can be equipped with a 20-, 30- or 40-foot hopper. The 20-foot hopper attached to a unit used to interseed twin rows is pictured. Contact Hiniker Co., Mankato, Minn., at 507-625-6621 or hiniker.com.
Row unit for high-speed planting
Harvest International, based in Storm Lake, Iowa, offers its LaserPro1 row unit, cut from high-tensile steel. This product offers maximized durability for streamlined high-speed planting. The units include a QuickRelease closing wheel mount and tapered, nonmetallic bushing adjustment for low maintenance of maximum flexibility. One unit lists for $2,400. You can learn more by calling 712-213-5100 or visiting harvest-international.com.
Another choice for seeding covers
The Valmar 2455 cover crop seeder by Salford is an economical choice for seeding large acreages of cover crops in a timely manner. You add the toolbar. The 2455 seeder will handle widths ranging from 24 to 60 feet. This ground-driven unit also features dual drives for seed metering. The model shown lists at $19,000. Contact Salford, Osceoloa, Iowa, at 866-442-1293 or salfordgroup.com.
Poly closing wheels or inserts
Close the seed trench more completely and minimize sidewall compaction with poly closing wheels from Yetter. Run them as a pair behind planter units, or in conjunction with a factory-style rubber wheel, as pictured. The spikes help provide the action that breaks up the soil and closes the trench. If you already have closing wheels, you can buy the spiked rings separately to convert to spiked wheels. Contact Yetter Manufacturing Co., Colchester, Ill., at 800-447-5777 or visit yetterco.com.
Ladder extension helps when filling planter
The Center Fill Ladder Extension from NDY Manufacturing, Bonfield, Ill., helps solve the problem of ladders that are too short when the planter is raised while you are filling it with seed. This fully collapsible ladder extension pulls down when the planter is raised to allow easy, safe access to the seed tank. There are multiple positions for when the planter is at various heights; when it is not is use, the ladder folds up easily. For use on DB and John Deere planters, it lists for $695. You can learn more at ndymfg.com.
Make quick work of seeding
The NTS25 series of seeders from Land Pride work efficiently in a variety of conditions. The seeder can be equipped with up to three seed boxes. It does the job in no-till or tilled conditions, spokespeople say. The NTS25 is not a drill; it’s a seeder designed specifically for placing small seeds in the ground properly. List price is $12,400 for the 9-foot model shown, plus $3,000 for the optional native grass seeding unit. It’s also available in 7- and 11-foot models. Contact Land Pride, Salina, Kan., at 785-823-3276 or visit landpride.com.
Small planters, big results
Windridge Implements is offering Italian-based Mater Macc planters. Its MS8230 is designed for smaller growers. This vacuum planter can be ordered from two to 36 rows. The precision planter comes with a hydraulic-folding toolbar. Farmers can add accessories like a fertilizer tank, row marker, and pneumatic transportation and distribution head. For more information, contact Windridge Implements, Decorah, Iowa, at 563-382-3614 or visit matermacc.it.
Another option in closing wheels
A unique design of the MVP closing wheel from Schaffert for John Deere 1560 to 1990 series drills and air seeders features small teeth resembling saw teeth. The company refers to them as piranha teeth. This wheel bolts to the existing closing wheel, adding 7 pounds to each. The small teeth penetrate heavy residue without snagging or wrapping it. The wheel is designed to close seed furrows, yet leave residue on top. List price is $65 each. Call Schaffert Manufacturing , Indianola, Neb., at 800-382-2607 or visit schaffert.com.
Lid Lifter for planter boxes
Does your planter have individual boxes for each row? Are you tired of lifting off lids and laying them aside to fill boxes? Have you ever lost one going down the road because you didn’t get it on tight? Then Lid Lifter from Yetter may be for you. It allows you to open lids automatically on individual rows, or you can open all lids at once. This product retrofits onto existing planters. An air system is required to operate it. List price is $125 per row. Contact Yetter Manufacturing Co., Colchester, Ill., at 800-447-5777 or visit yetterco.com.
New home for Flo-rite
The Flo-rite seed firmer for planters now has a new home. Originally invented by an Ohio farmer, it is now marketed exclusively by Herschel. This seed firmer for planters features a replaceable wear pad, which allows you to put new life into firmers after wear without buying whole new firmers. Hershel offers not only the firmers, but also a complete line of brackets to attach the seed firmer to various models, plus other accessories. Contact Herschel, Indianola, Iowa, at 800-247-2167 or visit herschelparts.com.
Dual fertilizer placement units
Place your liquid starter fertilizer placed more precisely with the 2968 Dual Fertilizer Placement units from Yetter. A unique designed locates the fertilizer openers behind the gauge wheels and in front of the closing wheels on the planter. Spokespeople say that helps prevent contact and buildup with gauge wheels. Precise placement at the desired location, such as 2 inches to the side and 2 inches deep, is possible. Versions are available for various planters. Base list price is $500 per row. Contact Yetter Manufacturing Co., Colchester, Ill., at 800-447-5777 or visit yetterco.com.
Twin-row, multi-crop planter
Mater Macc MS Twin is the twin-row precision planting unit that has double-disk coulter, allowing the twin rows to sow using the quincunx technique — a pattern consisting of five points arranged in a cross, with four of them forming a square and the fifth at its center. The MS Twin also lets farmers plant corn and soybeans with the same row unit, simply by changing the spacing on the hydraulic toolbar. For more information, contact Windridge Implements, Decorah, Iowa, at 563-382-3614 or visit matermacc.it.