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Update Kit For Deere Max-Emerge Planters
"I like my Deere Max-Emerge 7200 vacuum planter but I thought it could be improved," says Dale Ven Huizien, who farms near Stockton, Ill. He came up with a patent pending vacuum meter update kit for Deere planters that works so well it's now being sold by S.I. Distributing, St. Marys, Ohio.
  The kit is designed to improve seed spacing in the row and also improve accuracy of plant populations. The new design allows you to plant most seed corn sizes, even mixed sizes, without having to change the vacuum pressure setting.
  Ven Huizien has tested the kit for three years on his own farm as well as others.
  The kit includes a new 40-cell seed corn disk. Current Deere vacuum meters use a 30-cell corn disk. The 40-cell disk needs fewer revolutions to plant the same number of seeds as a 30-cell disk and therefore turns slower. Since the vacuum meter turns slower, you can plant at a faster ground speed without having to increase meter rpm's.
  The kit also comes with a modified, adjustable "double eliminator" that's said to virtually eliminate doubles and allows you to plant corn at one vacuum pressure setting, regardless of seed size.
  According to the company, the new design also allows for better seed pickup on hillsides and in high humidity conditions. The seed drops straight down when released from the disk and won't kick out sideways and bounce down the seed tube.
  Cost is about $65 per row.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, S.I. Distributing, Inc., 03221 Barber Werner Road, St. Marys, Ohio 45885 (ph 800 368-7773).

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1