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Seed Fill Auger Fits Folding Planter
"As far as we know, it's the only seed fill on the market that works on a folding planter," says Howard Green about a versa-tile seed fill system his company builds.
Market Farm Equipment custom-built the seed fill last spring for Fred and Gerald Van Osch of Crediton, Ontario. It fits their Friesen-Friesen Inc. (1 South Douglas Rd., Douglas, Neb. 68344; ph 402 799-2020) front-fold frame equipped with 24 Deere planter units on 22-in. spacings.
The seed fill complements the Van Oschs' fast-fill system for loading seed, liquid fertilizer which they inject, and herbicides.
"Thanks to this seed fill system we can load 72 bu. of seed into the planter's 24 hoppers, 800 gal. of 10-34-0, and fill two 250-gal. saddle tanks with Frontier-Banvel in just nine minutes," says Gerald Van Osch.
The seed fill system consists of two 22-ft. long, 6-in. dia. cross augers equipped with bristle flighting and 1-bu. directional hoppers mounted back-to-back at the center of the planter. Auger tubes and seed drop units, which feature shut-off slides, are constructed of PVC and polyethylene.
The seed fill mounts on the planter's 7 by 7-in. main frame with 3 by 3-in., 48-in. tall steel posts and height-adjustable cross arms. The augers attach to cross arms with clamp bands.
"The augers are designed to pivot along with the 8-row wings they mount on," Green says. "The way it's designed for transport, the augers set in from the end and are narrower than the planter itself."
Cost of the seed fill was $5,000 (Canadian).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Market Farm Equipment, Ltd., R.R. 1, Dashwood, Ontario, Canada N0M 1N0 (ph 519 238-2301; fax 238-6044).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #6