1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gooseneck one trip planter"We plant in one trip," says George Janecek, Washington, Iowa, who, along with his two sons, built a gooseneck hitch to pull his trailing Deere planter behind a 3-pt. field cultivator and 3 gangs of rolling baskets.
The gooseneck, built from 5 by 7-in. sq. tubing, attaches to the planter with the same 8 bolts that hold the original tongue on the planter. The original tongue can be remounted at any time in about 30 min. for conventional operation.
Hydraulic lines, made from ¢-in. pipe, run through the gooseneck as do plastic spray hoses. A 15-ft. wide field cultivator mounts on the 3-pt. and the rolling baskets - in 5-ft. wide gangs that weigh 400 lbs. each - follow immediately behind. Because of the weight on the 3-pt., Janecek has to have a full set of front weights when he pulls the rig with a 2-wheel tractor. He sprays herbicides either in front of the field cultivator or behind the planter, depending on ground conditions.
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