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New Rotary Harrow Attaches To Planter
"It's the answer to crop emergence and soil crusting problems," says William Fuesz, Haxtun, Colo., inventor of a new-style harrow that attaches to corn and soybean planters or can be toolbar-mounted for early cultivation.
The harrow mounts behind planter units, loosening the soil surface and pulverizing dirt clods to aid crop emergence." It'll also do a good job incorporating chemicals and will kill early germinating weeds," says Fuesz. "The rotating action of the harrow teeth is so gentle it won't disturb seeds and yet breaks up the surface enough to help prevent crusting after plating. This lets you get in the field a day or so sooner after a rain."
Fuesz adds that you can mount the new harrow on a toolbar to use in place of a rotary hoe for early cultivation. "This harrow is four times as effective as a rotary hoe in working the soil but is gentler on young crops," he says.
The harrow consists of 36 pairs of double teeth, similar to hay rake teeth, bolted to a rotating cylinder. They dig into the ground as the cylinder turns. A ground-driven, speed-reducing wheel (connected by drive chain to the cylinder), limits the harrow's ground speed to one-half that of the tractor's ground speed.
Fuesz notes that he hasn't had any problems with teeth breaking on rocks. Trash also hasn't been a problem but an attachment could be added to clean teeth off if needed.
Each two-row unit is 66 in. long, weighs 210 lbs. and adjusts to 30 to 36 in. rows. Fuesz has brackets to mount the harrow on Kinze, Deere Max-Emerge and International Early Riser planters. It sells for $800 per two-row unit. Width is 43 1/2 in. on 30 in. rows, and 49 1/2 in. on 36 in. rows.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Fuesz, Fuesz Farms, R.R. 1, Box 15, Haxtun, Colo. 80731 (ph 303 774-6259).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #2