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Discussion Board - Re: Bean Row Spacing Question

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James22

07-30-2012 11:28:58
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The further north you are located, lighter soils, and later planting/sowing typically benefit narrow rows. With wide rows a planter can save roughly 25% seed cost and seed has become expensive. Soybeans are very tolerant about depth and spacing, so despite the many ramblings how the planter gets every seed spaced correctly this advantage is mostly "bunk" unless you cut seed rates to the minimum. Then the planter has a distinct advantage. Also a lot easier to set a planter to a given population, unless the drill has seed belts. With my drill I can get the population set within 2% of desired seeding rate before going to the field. But tough to hit it exactly. Some claim too much seed damage with a fluted feed. My JD double run is better but I've also used an IH fluted feed and didn't notice excessive damage. Narrow rows will canopy sooner which likely allows less herbicide use, but the enusing restricted air movement can lead to white mold problems. Depends on your area and how much rain/humidity. The seed spacing in wide rows is usually closer which can help seed emergence if crusting occurs, more seeds pushing per foot the better chance in breaking the crust. Narrow rows are typically easier to harvest, feed more evenly. Many harvest wide rows at an angle so they feed more even and distribute wear across the cutter bar. Wide rows can be cultivated and much easier to avoid mashing the beans when spraying. Some just spray narrow beans at an angle which works well with drilled beans.

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07-30-2012 13:11:57
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 Re: Bean Row Spacing Question in reply to James22, 07-30-2012 11:28:58  
I'm educated in one paragraph!



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