Power till seeder

John Deere power till seeder shown on photo. Grower claims he has better success with this drill when interseeding legumes into grass pastures. Do conventional no-till seeders have a problem with smaller seed sizes like red clover? Manitowoc County photo, 6/02

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Conditioning roll clearance

Roll clearance was over 1/4 inch on this New Holland unit. Difficulty in getting one crimp per stem. Rubber shim (photo) and dirt build up were preventing hand crank adjustment to bring the rolls down to 1/16 to 3/32 inch clearance (recommended). Another good reminder to check roll clearance. Manitowoc County photo, 6/16/02

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Harvesting lodged alfalfa

Alfalfa harvesting will be underway the week of 6/3. Some lodging after wind and rain of 5/30. Any harvesting tips for lodged alfalfa? Manitowoc County photo, 6/3/02

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Alfalfa harvesting under wet conditions

Siemers Holsteins, Inc. have moved almost entirely to dump carts vs. trucks for alfalfa harvesting this spring. Wheel traffic damage will still be a problem but it will be considerably less than with trucks. They have also left the duals on the tractor for better weight distribution and traction. Windrows are merged and they are […]

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No-till soybean planting and wet soil conditions

One thing I’ve noticed with no-till drills and soybean planting in wet weather is that you don’t get good slot closure over the row. Less than uniform stand counts follow. Any suggestions on how to remedy this? J.D. no-till drill. Manitowoc County photo, 6/5/01.

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Zone tillage equipment problem

Seeding soybeans into corn stubble with a John Deere zone-tillage seeder. Grower has found that seed placement and rear coulters do not line up going around corners, leaving seeds on the surface.

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