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Re: Ideas for driving dry fertilizer boxes on an FM cultivat

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03-31-2013 06:53:16

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The frame of the cultivator is 4 inch square tubing. The same square tubing is used all the way up to the 12 row planters. I think it's strong enough to hold 1000 pounds of fertilizer and equipment. If I have a concern, I can mount a set of caster wheels I got with an 8 row wide FM cultivator I just bought. I suppose I'd have to set it up to flex at the tractor, but that's not a big deal as all FMs could be set up to flex. All of them were set up to flex over 6 row wide.
The fertilizer boxes are off a 56 planter. I think they're about 200 pounds each. I'm gonna have to cut down two fertilizer boxes from a 494 I just scrapped to run on one row on either side of the tractor. Still, I should have 600 or so pounds of capacity. That should be 4.5-6 acres capacity at 100 to 150 pounds per acre.
My biggest field right now is 17 acres - 3 fills. Most of the farm is in CRP until 2016, but once it's out, I'm doing 80 acres of corn and 40 acres of beans. That's 20 fills at 100 lbs per acre

I do have a PTO powered hydraulic pump. It may come to that.

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03-31-2013 19:14:22

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 Re: Ideas for driving dry fertilizer boxes on an FM cultivat in reply to rockyridgefarm, 03-31-2013 06:53:16  
dry urea is 46% so you will get 46 pounds per 100 applied besides the fact straight urea attracts moisture making it sticky which will gum up the augers, you are setting yourself for a big train wreck, I can't believe the lengths people will go to to make more work for themselves. If you want to sidedress N either use 28% or put on dry with a spreader at around the 5th leaf or so and cultivate it in

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04-01-2013 13:40:51

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 Re: Ideas for driving dry fertilizer boxes on an FM cultivat in reply to dboll, 03-31-2013 19:14:22  
No urea. Gotta think organic....

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03-31-2013 07:42:16

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 Re: Ideas for driving dry fertilizer boxes on an FM cultivat in reply to rockyridgefarm, 03-31-2013 06:53:16  
IIRC FM6 & up set up for 38"/40" row spacing had caster wheels. I should remember as I sold several new sets back in the 70's but a lot of water has run under the bridge.

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