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Discussion Board - Planting Popcorn

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Shawn W

09-03-2012 17:33:31

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What does everybody use to plant popcorn?
I am wantin a small planter 4 or 6 row 30" planter. I can find lots of john deere 7000 finger pickup planters, but I dont think they will work with popcorn. Will also use this for planting sweet corn also. I have been plantin the sweet corn with my 12 row kinze and doing the popcorn with my 1 row garden planter, but im expanding and dont wanna plant by hand. I'm not sure I wanna go with anything older that you cant find parts for.

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NWMO Poppers

09-06-2012 14:21:38

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to Shawn W, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
Finger pickup's were all that were used around here until guys switched to the bulk fill planters. Just tighten the spring in the middle up about 1/8-1/4 turn to account for the smaller seed.

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09-05-2012 18:50:51

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to wanabefarmer, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
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I planted half an acre of popcorn this year using a 2 row IH plate planter. I used sorghum plates that I modified to fit my seed.

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09-05-2012 16:09:59

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to Shawn W, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
Does it have to be 30 inch rows? Look at the sunflower cups for a JD 7000. I tink they would work. Or the soybean cups. How does popcorn cpmpare to soybeans as for size of seed>

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09-04-2012 13:59:41

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to Shawn W, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
If you are working the ground a cyclo IH planter with a popcorn drum would work good. White has a popcorn disk for their planters, and Deere and other vac planters also have popcorn disks. To plant it with a finger p/u I think they sell special fingers for small corn but don't hold me to that.

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09-04-2012 10:40:00

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to Shawn W, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
I grew popcorn under contract for 2 different brands for 20+ years. (From as few as 24 acres, to 120 acres last couple years) Used Deere #71's, 4-row for a while, then went to 6-row for last 6 years. small round plates are still available as needed (from Lincoln Ag)

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rustyacres sd

09-04-2012 06:14:46

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 Re: Planting Popcorn in reply to Shawn W, 09-03-2012 17:33:31  
It should work. Might end up with more doubles with the smaller seed, but some sweetcorn seed is also small. I give it a try at least one year and see how it turns out.

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