1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
From The Archives: Combine-Mounted Planter
Recently, C.F. was going through stories ready to go into the archives when he spotted these photos of an Illinois farmer who mounted a planter on his combine. Here's what he remembers about it.
"Owen Hilvety of Moweaqua, Ill., was an innovative farmer who was always coming up with a faster, better way to handle farm jobs. He died a few years ago but some of his ideas would still make good stories today," says Marley.
"In the early 1970's, he told me he had come up with a way to plant soybeans as he harvested small grains. He wanted to double crop beans. The combine-mounted planter let him avoid the need to make a separate trip through the field with a planter," says Marley.
"He mounted four White planter units on a toolbar that ran under the back of his International combine. The seed boxes mounted up by the grain tank. He used individual air-powered units - one per row - to pull seed out and blow it to the row units. A seed monitor mounted up by the cab. A hydraulic lever at the back of the combine raised and lowered the toolbar as needed."
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