1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Seeds Rye While Running Combine
Andre positions the 55-gal. barrel directly behind the front drive wheels. A metering unit mounts at the bottom of bar-rel. They're operated by 2-speed electric windshield wiper motors. Seed simply drops through a rubber tube into the wheel tracks made by the front tires and is worked into the soil by the lugs on the rear tires.
"Normally we seed rye only into soybean stubble because there's not as much residue and because the rye helps keep nitrogen produced by the soybeans from leaching out of the soil," says Andre, who farms with his brother Paul. "We seed about 1/4 to 1/8 bu. per acre. Each barrel holds about 8 bu. of rye.
"We've been using a controlled traffic program for the last eight years. Except for a lime truck, all our equipment has tires spaced 120 in. apart. There's one traffic lane every 10 ft. so we drive over only about 15% of the field. Controlled traffic lanes reduce soil compaction and eliminate the need for deep tillage."
In the spring, rye is mechanically cleaned off the rows and knocked out of the middles.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nate Andre, 13529 Co. Rd. L, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 (ph 419 337-0406).
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