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Re: Is a 2 row 56 planter any different than a 4 row?

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04-04-2013 07:58:07

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Hey Paul,

I'm not looking to "make" money off them, just get mine back. I could do it by hauling them in, but that would feel wasteful. I was gonna set one up, sell it for $500, and move on with my free fertilizer units.

Is my tractor big enough? My cultivating tractor is an FM 6-30 on a 4010 deere. The tractor doesn't even know it's working. The frame is the same gauge square tubing they use on the 12 row cultivator. I have the castor wheels off an 8 row cultivator if I decide the 6 row cultivator needs help holding up the weight.
Could it be a hassle? Sure, you're probably right that it could be, but I want to see if it's more of a hassle than it's worth. I'll have 17 to 20 acres of corn this year. At 600 pounds litter holding capacity and 150 pounds per acre, I'll have to fill it 5 times per cultivation - 10 times total.
Will it be worth it? Maybe. My feed guy goes in with a pull-type spreader and spreads 350 lbs chicken litter per acre after his last cultivation. He had a test plot for various varieties and the plot average was 144 bu/a on organic corn in the middle of a severe drought here in SW WI. If 350 lb per acre at canopy works, why wouldn't drop spreading 150 lb per acre on both cultivations work better? This is obviously not the only key to his success, but sidedressing is proven to be an effective way to get nutrients to the crop when it's needed. Our forebears surely would not have sidedressed if it didn't work.

Am I out anything if it doesn't work? Unless I break the cultivator frame, nothing but my time. If it turns out to be an ineffective PITA, I'll tear 'em off and throw them in the junk. I surely hope this doesn't happen and I'm investing the time to do it right to increase my chances of success, but I won't cry any bitter tears if it turns out to be unproductive. I'll just move on to the next idea.

But this thread wasn't about the mounting the fertilizer boxes to the cultivator. it was about how to make a 4 row 56 planter into a 2 row 56 planter. I called a good friend of mine after reading the initial responses. He's a very knowledgeable IH fanatic. He assured me that IH did indeed make a 2 row 56 planter and his neighbor has one. It's about a 100 mile trek, but I'll be nearish there next week. I'm gonna take plenty of pics.
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 Re: Is a 2 row 56 planter any different than a 4 row? in reply to rockyridgefarm, 04-04-2013 07:58:07  
I did not know they made a 2 row version. Good to know.

Manure is typically slow-release or converts to useable slowly. I'm surprised there is a response to a later application of it, over applying it pre-plant. Is there any speculation on why it works better applied after the corn is up quite a bit? I could sure learn some more. ;)

Your tractor is plenty of power. It's the floatation. Putting all that weight, if your ground is soft it will really sink in, and a front cultivator you can't lift high enough to get out of the mud.

I'd think cutting down the 56 to a 2 row; or making some 3pt units out of the extra rows would not be too difficult for you. If you get to see a factory model, that will be cool to copy it!


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