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Narrow Row Planter Eliminates Skip Rows
A first-of-its-kind narrow row planter that'll plant corn or beans 10 in. apart without any skip rows at all was shown for the first time by Kinze Mfg. at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
  The new planter marks the first time Kinze has offered spacing as narrow as 10 in. How did they do it? The transport wheels are tucked in between the front and rear toolbars.
  "We think this planter will boost yields in both corn and beans," says Bill Heick. "Moving the transport wheels between the two toolbars allows us to space the row units closer together. The design lets you plant corn or beans (or other crops) in 20 or 22-in. rows or 10 or 11-in. rows. In the past we've offered interplant row units on our 2000, 2500, and 2600 planters. However, farmers were limited to 15-in. rows because we had to make room for the transport wheels between the row units."
  The new 12-row Twin-Line 2400 planter still lifts up and pivots at the center like Kinze's other Twin-Line models, which have been on the market since 1985. Instead of putting planter units on the front toolbar, you can install a liquid fertilizer package that includes two 200-gal. elliptical poly tanks that mount outside the transport tires, perpendicular to the twin 5 by 7-in. toolbars.
  The planter is designed with a bolt-on reversible hitch extension that's factory-assembled in the "Y" configuration to accommodate interplant packages. Reversing the hitch to a "T" configuration allows installation of the liquid fertilizer openers.
  All Kinze electronic seed monitor options are available for the new 2400 Twin-Line. Optional row unit attachments include rubber or cast iron "V" closing wheels, covering disc/single press wheels (standard pull units only), finger pickup corn meters, brush-type seed meters with choice of seed discs for soybeans, milo/grain sorghum or acid-delinted cotton, and various row unit tillage attachments such as no-till coulters.
  The planter lifts up and rotates 90 degrees to a transport width of 12 ft. 9 in. (with push unit-mounted no-till coulters). It's being made available only on a limited-production basis for this year. A 23-row, 10-in. model as shown in the photo, equipped with KPM II population monitor, bean meters, and no-till coulters, carries a list price of $52,213.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kinze Mfg., Inc., I-80 at Exit 216, Williamsburg, Iowa 52361 (ph 319 668-1300; Website: www.kinzemfg.com).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2