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How To Plant Wheat With A Row Crop Planter
Kinze planter owners can improve small grain yields with the Kinze Wheat Plate. It's a patented backing plate that seals the standard Kinze planter soybean plates so small grain seeds drop in the furrow, not out the back. (Note: A wheat plate for Deere 7000 planters is in the works).
"Using a planter gives you more control over the seed spacing and depth than with a drill," says Larry Hak, one of the developers of the Wheat Plate. "Our yields are as good or better than with a drill, and we use 25 percent less seed. We've tried it with oats, barley, rye, millet and flax. One customer even used it with chili pepper seed."
The suggested retail price for the backing plate is $22.95 per row unit. Hak says they are easy to install. He uses his on his 23/15 Kinze and has sold them across the U.S. with some sales in Canada and even Australia. Best of all, they are a low cost alternative to buying and maintaining a drill.
"It eliminates another piece of machinery, and does a superior job of seeding," says Hak. "As seed gets more and more expensive, we can't afford to just throw it out there. With these plates and a planter, every seed counts."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Hak, Kinze Wheat Plate, 2393 Werner Rd., Convoy, Ohio 45832 (ph/fax 419 749-4021; cell 260 740-8267).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2