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Deep Placement Fertilizer Shoes
Those special-design shoes tha mount on the planter unit to provide a way to place liquid fertilizer down close to the seed for quick uptake have been beefed up since our first report a year and a half ago (Vol. 5 No. 6, 1981).
"Over 5,000 have been sold to farmers in 26 states and Canada. The shoes are now recommended by major manufacturers," says Bob Niemeyer, manufacturer. "We have equipped the shoes with a low cost replaceable runner, adjustable depth control as the blade wears down, and a one year warranty against breakage."
The shoes are especially suited to no-till but are recommended for conventional tillage as well. Without tillage, P and K usually remain near the top of the ground, because they do not move readily through the soil. Neimeyer's shoes place the two nutrients about an inch to one side of the seed and about an inch below it.
The shoes aren't suited to applying nitrogen since placement of N near the seed might cause seedling damage. A full year's application of P and K can be made, or just the starter fertilizer.
The shoes are being made specifically for Kinze and Deere Max-Emerge planters, but models for other-make planters also are available, says Niemeyer. He also can supply deep placement shoes for runner-type planters.
The shoe is priced at $39, plus freight, and one is needed per planter row. For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Niemeyer Tractor & Farm Supply, Highway 61 South, Bowling Green, Mo. 63334 (ph 314 324-2070).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #2