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One Row Corn Planters
Wally Miller, Creston, Iowa, makes $25 an hour planting skips or missed rows for other farmers with his one-row Deere planter mounted behind his Deere 216 16-hp. tractor.
"Usually I'm replanting rows that didn't get planted. Maybe one row plugged up or the farmer forgot to fill a planter box. It'll take him longer to set up his planter to plant one row than it takes me to do the whole job," says Miller.
He mounted the Deere ground-driven plate planter purchased for about $150 on a home-built 1-ft. wide toolbar. He says the rig plants so well you can't tell what was missed once the crop grows up. Besides missed rows, he also plants wet holes that were flooded at planting time, and odd corners that are hard to reach with big planters.
In some years, Miller says, there isn't much work. "When the weather's nice and it's good going, guys are careful and they don't miss much. But, when they get in a hurry, more mistakes are made."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup,Wally Miller, 1200 S. Division, Creston, Iowa 50801 (ph 515 782-4582).
Dale Wrosch, Onaga, Kan., also put together a one-row planter to seed skips. Built from an old discarded International 4-row planter, he mounts it on his Deere garden tractor.
"I've used it for several years and it works great for planting small patches, or for replanting. It raises and lowers on the tractor's electric lift," says Wrosch.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale E. Wrosch, Rt. 1, Box 170, Onaga, Kans. 66521 (ph 913 889-4329).


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