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Field Staker Helps Make Straight Rows
Otis Nelson, Mapleton, No. Dak., has developed a staking system which allows most any tractor driver to plant corn, soybeans, sugar beets, or other row crops in rows that are "straight-as-an-arrow".
Once the field's worked up and ready for planting, Nelson goes through and sets the stakes approximately 100 yds. apart in a guide row. Then he aims for the stakes as he starts planting the field. He just needs the one row of stakes at the edge of the field to make sure his first pass is straight.
Thanks to the homemade tractor mounted Špicker-upper' he developed, Nelson doesn't even have to get off the tractor to retrieve them as he plants. The pickup device, bolted to a bracket on the front of the tractor, is built out of a 48-in. long, 5/16-in. dia. rod bent so it picks up and collects stakes It does so by slipping through the 11-in. dia. top ring welded on top of an 8-in. long pointed stake. The stake is in turn welded to a 6-in. long, 5/16-in. dia. steel rod that sticks into the ground.
Nelson made the stakes and pickup bracket out of materials from his shop. He figures materials would cost about $1.50 per stake, and $5 for the pickup.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Otis Nelson, Box 65, Mapleton, N. Dak. 58509 (ph 701 347-4791).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4