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coonie minnie

09-06-2013 18:35:01

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Birds can be a problem... the Van Brunt brothers made the first fluted feed cup to make an effective grain drill. Their farm was located near Wisconsin's Horicon Marsh, a large bird sanctuary and resting place for migrating birds.

They were sick of the thousands of birds eating the wheat seed they spread before they could get it harrowed in.

It was a sucess- and that's why they built a factory in Horicon. It's now owned by Deere and home of their lawn mower line and not drills any more.

Just a bit of useless ag trivia...

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Phil H

09-07-2013 08:11:05

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 Re: SEED SPREADER OR GRAIN DRILL? in reply to coonie minnie, 09-06-2013 18:35:01  
Wow, a lot to be said for the grain drill, as I thought, because it would be timely to cover the seed if broadcasted. Maybe if I broadcast the seed or my wife could broadcast and I could harrow or use a packer, right away. I was also thinking of spreading some fertilizer, asap. like horse manuer, which has straw mixed in it, this might keep the birds from eating the seed. I guess that is why they pull a packer or drag chains behind the drill as they plant. Thanks for the info......

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09-07-2013 12:58:10

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 Re: SEED SPREADER OR GRAIN DRILL? in reply to Phil H, 09-07-2013 08:11:05  
After I drilled this year, Crows covered my hay patch, but seemingly didn't affect the seed count.


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Phil H

09-07-2013 16:50:45

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 Re: SEED SPREADER OR GRAIN DRILL? in reply to Texasmark1, 09-07-2013 12:58:10  
Thanks, I guess that says it for the grain drill. Did you use anything to cover the seed? thanks.......

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09-08-2013 05:33:27

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 Re: SEED SPREADER OR GRAIN DRILL? in reply to Phil H, 09-07-2013 16:50:45  
The drill had the chains I call them; 3 or 4 2" to 3" circles looped in a chain with interconnecting links that follows the furrow.....covers the seed. Then I followed with a rolling packer that I had connected to the rear of the drill. I watched the crows and they did a lot of milling around the first couple of days. After that no birds.


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Phil H

09-08-2013 12:42:24

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 Re: SEED SPREADER OR GRAIN DRILL? in reply to Texasmark1, 09-08-2013 05:33:27  
Thanks Mark, I have seen some pictures that showed the chains. Pulling the packer at the same time, makes sense, and the birds are a real factor......thanks.....

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