Because of Mother Nature’s schedule, there are going to be those times when you’ll be forced to plant in damp or wet conditions. In muddy conditions, it is especially important that you adequately break the sidewall of the seed furrow, without disturbing the seed placement.
At first glance, this advice might seem to contradict no till planting advice that you need to be gentle with the seed furrow closing. But getting both sidewalls broken up is essential for good crop yields.
Even if your stands are perfect, if the roots of the plants can’t get through slickened sidewalls, your crops will suffer. Root restrictions will absolutely diminish crop yields. This is particularly true with corn, which grows rapidly and is on a “set” schedule for reaching it’s full maturity.
Fortunately, at Exapta, we have invented a variety of products that can be added to no till farming equipment to ensure healthy roots and healthy crops.
Hydraulic Down-Pressure System: In 2016, we introduced the UniForce, a unique add-on for John Deere drills. The hydraulic down-pressure system applies consistent pressure (across all types of terrain, in all types of conditions) to every opener, in every row.
Spiked Closing Wheels: Our Thompson Wheels shatter sidewalls for the best root penetration.
Wire Stiffeners: Our Mojo wire stiffeners can be added to Keeton seed firmers to apply up to 5 times the pressure, where it’s needed most – at the bottom of the seed furrow.
Seed Firming Wheels: Our DuraLok seed firming wheels not only shed mud effectively, but they also fit the furrow snugly.
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At Exapta, we sell over 100 parts and equipment for no till farming. For further information, please contact us at (800) 417-8020, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to also look over our no till farming facts page.