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48 row corn planter

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06-06-2013 09:29:45

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Seen a picture of this, never seen on in the field

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06-09-2013 12:10:48

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to BSpauld, 06-06-2013 09:29:45  
When a 36 or 48 row planter makes a skip it's a BIG skip. One of the reasons a 36 row doesn't plant my farm anymore.
By the way, as I was typing this the computer entered it into the YT website while I was in the middle of a sentence. Huh? One of my fingers must have flown to the wrong key. Thank goodness for the edit feature. LOL Jim
This post was edited by fixerupper at 12:13:34 06/09/13.

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06-06-2013 16:06:15

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to BSpauld, 06-06-2013 09:29:45  
Plant your end rows, make two rounds and fold her up, it's ignorant if u ask me, greed. Any one man can make a pretty good living for himself and his family on 1000 acres of good ground, and have plenty of time to plant it 12 rows at a time.

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06-06-2013 20:17:58

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to Ben70b, 06-06-2013 16:06:15  
Up here we run 2 24's just like that one- easier to get around rock piles, sloughs etc & to transport. Plus we run a 42' air seeder during beans. 1000 acres a day . For corn, all the seed comes in totes, i think about 55 bags per tote. Corn around here runs 100-140 bushel/acre average, a few fields here/there run 170-180. We put in 6500 acres corn, 3500 beans this yr. There's 5 farmers plus myself & another hired hand. We're about the only ones anywhere around that got everything seeded. Been a rainforest since. Most all fields around here are 160 acres.

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06-06-2013 14:28:56

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to BSpauld, 06-06-2013 09:29:45  
Just imagine 12 - 494A's all together.

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06-06-2013 10:07:13

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to BSpauld, 06-06-2013 09:29:45  
It takes more than a pickup bed full of seed to keep that thing fed. I was involved with a 36 row for a few years and once it's rolling the seed tender is busy running back to the dealer or warehouse, or wherever, for more seed. And it almost has to be bulk seed unless you have prime athletes handling the bags. Here in Iowa I don't see where a planter that size is more efficient given the size of fields we have. Too high of a percentage of the day is spent traveling down the road to the next field just because it can plant the average size field so fast. In a wet spring like this how you like to try to pull that thing out of a mudhole? Jim

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06-06-2013 11:41:55

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to fixerupper, 06-06-2013 10:07:13  
It would be great in the Delta South where there are plots of 3-5 thousand acres that take days to plant with the old planters. I would not want a planter this big even if it saved manpower and time but it is fun to watch in the field.

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06-06-2013 11:30:32

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to fixerupper, 06-06-2013 10:07:13  
This is the email I received

These guys farm around Colwell, IA (Just Northeast of Charles
City) They bought two 48 row planters this year. It's a sight!!

Just happened to catch them planting soybeans with his new John Deere 48
row planter, price tag, $400,000 and John Deere tractor,p rice tag
Can plant 800 acres per day.
Once started down the row of planting it is hands free. GPS guides the
tractor within 1 inch of the intended track.

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T in NE

06-09-2013 11:27:13

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to BSpauld, 06-06-2013 11:30:32  
Yep, RTK-corrected GPS. If they have the row-command, the GPS can even shut of pairs of rows as you come to the edge of a field on an angle. A friend's future in-laws have a pair of 36-rows, and he says they are nothing but a big pain in the @$$. They had to widen all their drives and smooth off their terraces. 48 rows around here is only good on the flats of the river bottoms. Too many terraces, we have fields where that entire planter would put maybe 12 rows in the ground and just drop the rest on top.
48 rows at 30 inches is 120 feet wide. 20 rows per wing, times 30 inches, that thing's 70+ feet long, plus the tractor, they are running about 100 feet total length.

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Tim S

06-09-2013 11:49:34

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 Re: 48 row corn planter in reply to T in NE, 06-09-2013 11:27:13  
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My Bros. went to a 18 row Kinze, with the auto shut offs,,seems that as he was planting it was skipping way to many times and at intervals that did make the monitor come on, auto shut offs and a lot of this other auto computer controlled stuff is "not" what it is cracked up to be..and big planters are tuff to move around, here is a pic of one that got into trouble,not sure where it was at, but a guy over this way upset a 12 row this spring..

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