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CRP Alfalfa-Grass Seeder
After putting part of his farm into CRP, South Dakota farmer Larry Scott wanted a more accurate way to seed alfalfa and grass. His solution was to pull a Brillion "Pulverizer-Mulcher" ahead of his 14-ft. 620 IH press wheel drill.
"I put it together in 1989 and got such a good stand my neighbors started asking me to drill their alfalfa and CRP acres," says Scott.
His original idea was to pull the Brillion packer behind the drill but his county SCS wouldn't approve the practice unless the packer was in front of the drill. As it turned out that worked best any-way, creating an extremely level, firm seedbed. "Allows far more accurate seeding depth and the drill press wheels keep soil from blowing away."
He bought the packer used for $350 and completely rebuilt it, straightening all shafts and building them up to .010 oversize. He also installed new bearings and seals. The bridge hitch running from the packer back to the drill was salvaged from a field cultivator. The back of the hitch was extended with a reinforced tractor drawbar to reach the drill. "Works great on flat ground. On hills we have to make slow wide turns," says Scott.
"The packer-drill combo has provided excellent stands on the 1,500 acres we've seeded with it. Only improvement I'd recommend is to use a packer with hydraulic transport to make it easier to turn on hills and for transport," says Scott.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Scott, Rt. 1, Box 86, Letcher, S. Dak. 57359 (ph 605 248-2356).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4