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“Plastic Poking” Planter
Ferris Farm’s new Polyplanter Jr. 2.0 makes plastic mulch work as well for small plots as it does for larger growers. The walk-behind planter also works well for planting in bare ground.
    “If you plant an acre of a crop by hand through plastic mulch, it can cost up to $1,500 in labor and take several days,” says Frank Ferris. “With the Polyplanter Jr. 2.0, you can walk and plant it in no more than 3 hrs.”
    Ferris also makes a larger version of the Polyplanter (Vol. 41, No. 4) designed to be pulled behind a tractor.
    “Singulation, especially with pelleted seed, is almost perfect,” says Ferris. “It does a fantastic job with round seed. It’s not a vacuum planter, but for a mechanical planter, it does a good job.”
    The Polyplanter Jr. has recently undergone updates to make it more user-friendly and precise. “Changing spacing required removing many screws in the past,” says Ferris. “The new version requires removing only 4 screws to allow all the points and spacers to be removed and realigned. It takes only 15 min. to change spacing.”
    The Jr. 2.0 has plates sized to match a wide variety of seeds. “It will plant even cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli seeds with accuracy,” he says.
    The planter can be ordered with from 1 to 12 point heads. Spacings vary from 5-in. with the 12-point head to 30 in. with the 2-point head. Add-ons allow for a 2, 3 or 4-point head for spacing as wide as 30 in. Depth spacers are also available for shallower depth seed placement.
    Ferris notes that the Polyplanter Jr. is easy to plant with in bare dirt. “You don’t have to push the dirt around,” he says. “Just roll the Jr. 2.0 over the row.”
    Prices are based on the number of points per head. A 12-point unit offers the most options for seed spacing in the row. It is priced at $510. Extra spacers are available for converting to fewer points, as are depth spacers for changing seed depth.
    Check out the Polyplanter Jr. video at FARMSHOW.com.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ferris Farm, 83 Ferris Rd., New Wilmington, Penn. 16142 (ph 724 946-2973 or 724 965-1001; www.ferrisfarm.net).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2