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Re: 290 planter

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LA in WI

04-10-2013 11:38:25

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Glen, You say you have the correct plates. To help you a little bit I need to know what the stamped letters on the plates are.

For example, you are looking for B150....but like most plastic plates they come in 16 cell and 24 cell, and in each configuration they are the same color, gold for that size.

I have a feeling your planter has the sprocket settings set for 24 cell plates, so if you have 16 cell plates in the planter the plates are turning too slow...resulting in longer spacing between kernel drops (and lower population).

Count the "openings" (cells) along the outside edge and let me know how many there are...16 or 24.
Some plates would have B150-16 and the companion plates would have B150-24. And same color.

Historically, when the 290 planters were built they came with the sprockets set for 16 cell plates because plant populations were very low in those days. As populations got higher and higher the operator just changed the sprockets to make the plates spin faster. At some point those plates spun too fast which made very uneven stands or too many skips.

Then plates started appearing with 24 cells; then the operator set the sprockets for 24 cells and the plate rpms slowed down. At todays pops often running 32,000 and higher even 24 cell plates are really spinning fast and the operator needs to slow the tractor for accurate seed drop.

One big favor you need to do for yourself: Go to a JD dealer and see if he can get you an operator's manual for a 290 or 490(4 row). Or go to EBay or somesuch source or maybe someone on the JD forum might have one to sell to you. That manual tells you exactly what you need to do for proper sprocket settings.

I wrote a long article a few years ago about these problems as they come up in the springtime. I was in the seed business big-time years ago and grew up with plate planters and the transition to plateless planters.

I am going to try to find that article and see if someone can help me figure out how to forward it for usage this year.

Glen, please get back here with what you are finding on your plates.

LA in WI

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04-10-2013 15:12:24

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 Re: 290 planter in reply to LA in WI, 04-10-2013 11:38:25  
LA, I believe I have your article in my list below. Was a nice write up, well with anyone looking at it.


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LA in WI

04-10-2013 15:19:00

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 Re: 290 planter in reply to Paul, 04-10-2013 15:12:24  

Do you know how to move that "09 article to today"s entry? If you do know, would you please do that? You have my OK with that.

Thank you very much,

LA in WI

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04-11-2013 08:13:37

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 Re: 290 planter in reply to LA in WI, 04-10-2013 15:19:00  
Oh I'm sorry LA and all, I pasted the wrong link there!

Now I can't find it quickly, man you wrote a lot of good stuff about planters over the years.

This one is good:

But not the one I saw yesterday.

Got to go move snow now, will try to find it again this evening. Sorry for my confusion!


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LA in WI

04-11-2013 11:49:55

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 Re: 290 planter in reply to paul, 04-11-2013 08:13:37  

You moving snow, where are you located?
Here in the land of dairy cows we had no snow, 3" of rain. Weather-missers now declare the drouth is over for us. West of the Miss. R. is another story, "they say".

Thanks for your expert help,

LA in WI

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04-11-2013 19:43:17

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 Re: 290 planter in reply to LA in WI, 04-11-2013 11:49:55  
Some expert, ha.

We've had 8 inches of very heavy snow and lots of drizzle and sleet in the past 2 days. I'm 60 or so miles north of Windom, MN, they had all the power lines into town knocked out from the ice storm yesterday. They hope to get back up tomorrow.

Schools let out early yesterday, and don't know of a school within 70 miles of me that was open today, was a full scale blizzard for an hour or 2 this early morning.

Still snowing lightly right now.

Next week Wed and Thurs are forecast 50% chance of snow showers still....... Warmest day in the next 2 weeks gets up to 46, most don't hit 40 yet.

It's making up for last year around here!

We've gone from too dry to plant corn to too cold to plant corn.


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