After watching the weather last weekend, Wednesday afternoon looked very wet. So I left Tuesday after work and made it to the farm by 7pm. Had calibrated the drill the weekend before ( could only get it down to 11lbs/ac. with the gears ) so I taped off 2 openings with and got it down to 8lbs. I had also spread 2200lbs of 50-50-50 last weekend so I was ready to go. Started the first plot (.80 ac. ) around 7:50 and finished around 8:45. Started the next morning as soon as it was light enough to see the drill rows and finished 7.5 ac. in 7 hrs. I no sooner parked the tractor that it started raining, and rained steady for the next 3.5 hrs. I was very happy with the way the drill performed, I'm getting it figured out.( I rocked the drill back with the top link and was drilling between 0 and 1/4 in. thanks Griz) started with the additional cutters thinking it would help make the drill rows show up better which it did, but with the fields still holding a lot of moisture they got packed with dirt and rye residue.After 2 passes I removed them and threw them in the bucket and finished without them. I figured that the plots I drilled 8hrs doing it the way I used to do would have taken me 3-4 days and untold amount of hard labor.
Awesome to hear. Planning our fall mix now. Probably cereal grains and brassicas. Wound up with a pile of free Pennington seed from last year, so we'll save a few bucks and mix it in. Hoping to get a hall pass the first weekend or two of August to drill with dad.
Fyi. RTP now makes screw in covers to block off gates. You don't need tape anymore. Also, I started a Facebook group for owners. Take a look if you're interested. Trying to recruit more members.
I will look into the covers, thanks. They also make another gear plate for reduced seeding rates, but that sounds like more work than I care to do. The Facebook thing sounds interesting but i've never been on facebook. I'm not a real tech guy, more the ditch digger kind
Thanks guys, I'm real happy with the rye mulch layer O, will be adding to it this fall. Yes i'm a little heavy with the brassica this year, planing on some winter peas next year and the grain will also help to diversify somewhat this year. I ran the shoulder strapper 2 weeks ago on another property, a lot of walking for an old guy. Lucky you getting to plant with your pops, I miss those days
Thanks guys, I'm real happy with the rye mulch layer O, will be adding to it this fall. Yes i'm a little heavy with the brassica this year, planing on some winter peas next year and the grain will also help to diversify somewhat this year.
The rye mulch layer does look very nice. Did you have any trouble with the small seeds sticking to your packer wheels? They appear to have been gathering some mud in the pics.
I ran the shoulder strapper 2 weeks ago on another property, a lot of walking for an old guy.
I should not complain about sweating while running the shoulder strapped spin seeder - it's a blessing to be physically able to walk on freshly tilled dirt as I throw out some seed. I very much enjoy being able to play in the dirt and grow stuff for the critters.
Lucky you getting to plant with your pops, I miss those days
Amen to that!! I'm very thankful that I have Dad as a habitat partner, and I try to cherish each day we have in the field together...planting and hunting. Although, sometimes all he can do is shake his head when I start talking about the plans I have in mind....but he is always there to help make the plans happen.
Didn't appear like that was an issue O, we will see, should be germinated by next weekend, and yes it was a muddy mess when I was done. A couple of hours the next day and it was ship shape. I feel very blessed to have a place to do this on, and the health to be able to enjoy it. Don't know what I would do without it