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New Spiral Closing Wheel For Planters
RFM Ag, a prominent Australian equipment manufacturer, has introduced a unique closing wheel for drills and planters that offers the dual action of a leveling harrow and a coil packer in one product.
  Paul Ryan, sales director for RFM, says the wheel is self-cleaning so it works in heavy trash, sticky soil conditions, or sand. And it isn’t affected by small rocks. Ryan says the unique coil design presses air out of the soil around the seed, producing outstanding seed-to-soil contact while maintaining seed placement at the desired planting depth. The unique squeezing action of the coils allows it to self-clean sticky soil and trash and to not pick up seed.
  The 15 1/2-in. coil-shaped press wheels are available with 2 or 3 coils to match the closing action needed. Ryan says the wheel mounts on existing closing wheel brackets for Deere or Kinze planters and also fits other planters as well. Down pressure is adjustable to match different soil conditions and the mounting angle can be altered if liquid fertilizer or other products are incorporated into the sowing row.
  Ryan says farmers who’ve used the RFM wheel in standing stubble find that it handles and incorporates stubble well without removing seed from the furrow. The device has been used for planting cotton, small grains, canola, corn, soybeans and grasses. The coils mount equally well on drill or row-type planters.
  RFM Ag is a leader in developing and building equipment for no-till farming. The 40-year-old company developed the spring-release wide line cultivator in 1962, introduced air seeding technology in 1977 and now offers several types of press harrows, double discs and press wheels.
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, RFM Ag, 90 Mann Street, Coolamon New South Wales 2701 (ph 613 5310 5933; www.rfm.com.au).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1