2023 - Volume #47, Issue #4, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Little Planter Has Big Features
I previously made a single row planter and broadcast my fertilizer, but it was expensive, says Hubscher. I upgraded to two White planter modules on 60-in. row spacing and a fertilizer system that feeds the crop, not the weeds.
Hubscher attached the planter modules to a 3-pt. toolbar on his compact Deere tractor. He fabricated a skid frame of 2 by 2-in. steel tubing with pockets for forks mounted on his Deere loader. The skid, which is chained to the forks for safety, is the base for two tanks. Each is equipped with its own pump. One holds liquid phosphorus, and the other liquid nitrogen.
The fertilizers are pumped through a Redball liquid flow monitor with the nitrogen double-banded to either side of the seed furrow. I was injecting the phosphorus into the seed furrow, but I wanted a more even application, says Hubscher. I added a Keeton liquid application tail tube to apply it to the furrow walls.
In another effort to avoid wasting fertilizer, Hubscher added a mechanical shut-off to the liquid fertilizer system. When he raises the planter, it hits a lever that shuts off the pump.
The entire system came together easily, notes Hubscher. The biggest challenge was calibration, he adds.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Darin Hubscher, Box 3004, Swan River, Manitoba, Canada R0L 1Z0 (ph 204-281-4440; firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook: Worlds Sweetest Corn and Strawberries).
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