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Sweet Corn Planter

Here's an idea for small or part-time farmers who need a planter but don't want to in-vest a lot of money in it. We wanted to buy a 2-row planter to use for planting sweet corn but found we couldn't justify the expense of a new unit. We solved the problem by buying an old Deere 494 plate-type corn planter and cutting it down. We cut off the two side units and shortened the markers and chains, then welded them back on. A 30-gal. plastic drum for liquid fertilizer was mounted on a stand. The fertilizer is gravity fed to each row. It took only about one day to rework the planter. One advantage of cutting down a larger planter is that we have spare parts available if we ever need them. (Jesse Landis, 620 A Lower Rd., Souderton, Penn. 18964 ph 215 721-7985)


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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3