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#3286556 - 07/09/13 01:02 PM Drills and planters?
Boll Weevil
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For those that are no or minimally tilling your "off the beaten path" plots, what kind of planter/drill are you using? Brand, width, number of rows, 3-point, hydraulic, no-till effectiveness, etc. I've been thinking of investing in a smaller piece of equipment (3 or 4 rows) that I can get down my logging roads and into some of the smaller 1-3 acre plots.
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#3286633 - 07/09/13 02:33 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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I want one bad. Lets hear some suggestions.
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#3286641 - 07/09/13 02:52 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: muddyboots]
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I have a John Deere 7100 4 row planter, I plant sunflowers and corn on 38 inch rows, when I do beans I will plant a strip then split the rows on the return trip giving me beans on 19 inch rows, I also added "row cleaners" on each planter unit for no-till

with a grain drill its almost impossible to set the drill to plant corn or sunflowers because of putting out to much seed
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#3286911 - 07/09/13 08:33 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: Chaneylake]
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I have a 7100 plate planter 5 row on 15 inch centers for beans then take 2 units off for corn. Its 9.5 feet wide. I have no till coulters on it and the heavy duty springs. It does great. I have planted in thick weeds with no problem. I built 3 concrete weights that slide into the 7x7 toolbar if I need the extra w
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#3286984 - 07/09/13 09:34 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: jmf]
RiverRat213
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I have a fully restored Ford 309 2 row. Set up at 32" lots of work to get her back mint but plants like a brand new one and can carry 250ibs of fertilizer. I have to haul 1 mile through woods to get to back of farm. Noway a 4 row could make that journey.
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#3287203 - 07/10/13 08:50 AM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: RiverRat213]
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This is all really good information; many thanks.

I've been thinking real hard about a 3-row JD 7100 as I could easily get it down my roads. At about 1000lbs it weighs enough to do no-till if the dirt is just right and there's not too much trash. Like Chaneylake mentions above (you confirmed my suspiscion) even thought about putting trash wheels on it to accomplish no-till.

Do you have the finger pickup? Bean cup? Plates? What have you planted with success and did it handle corn, beans, chufa, and hard coated winter grains (wheat or rye) ok?

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#3287250 - 07/10/13 09:27 AM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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I have numerous sets of plates for corn[round and flat seed], 3 sets of plates for different size sunflower seeds, 2 sets of bean plates, a set of milo plates that I modified for wheat.

all of my plates are plastic except for the bean plates

you can order any type plate you want from Lincoln Ag Products 1-402-464-6367
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#3287377 - 07/10/13 10:50 AM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: Chaneylake]
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Great Plains No-Till 7'6"
plants wheat,oats,beans,
also tape off every other hopper and plants corn and sunflowers
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#3293482 - 07/16/13 09:01 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: landman]
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Any other takers? I'm really interested in this topic.

I'd like a drill but I'm not sure what to consider. I would prefer a 3pt drill in order to maneuver around in tighter spaces. My tractor is 80" across the back and I haven't seen a 3pt drill that wide. There seems to be plenty of used 10-15ft pull-types but I worry about being able to get down small roads to my plots.



Edited by drrxnupe (07/16/13 09:22 PM)

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#3293493 - 07/16/13 09:12 PM Re: Drills and planters? [Re: drrxnupe]
Chaneylake
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 Originally Posted By: drrxnupe
Any other takers? I'm really interested in this topic.

I'd like a drill but I'm not sure what to consider. I would prefer a 3pt drill in order to maneuver around in tighter spaces. My tractor is 80" across the back and I haven't seen a 3pt drill that wide. There seems to be plenty of used 10-12 ft pull-types but I worry about being able to get down small roads to my plots.



whether you get a drill or a planter, talk to the old timers in the area, they can fill you in on how to modify to plant what you want
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