2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Add-On Rubber Closing Wheel Brackets
"They allow shallow planting without worry of soil drying out around the seed, while leaving the seed trench sidewall loose for optimum root growth," says Burgei. "Spiked closing wheels work great in wet soil conditions, but in dry soil conditions they can have problems closing the seed trench. The soil just fluffs up on top, leaving air pockets. In those conditions, rubber closing wheels often work better. Rubber closing wheels apply some down pressure to firm up the soil around the seed trench and get rid of air pockets. The seed closers also work great in wet soil conditions with no downpressure."
The seed closers sell for $110 per row.
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