Winter wheat: Got enough N for fall growth?

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since ’94 For the winter wheat (or cereal rye) you may be about to plant, will it have enough nutrients for what it needs to do this fall? Lack of N and other nutrients will affect winterhardiness, as well as...

Uniform Early Growth

by Matt Hagny You’ve probably often heard of the importance of uniform timing of emergence, which has been well-proven to be much more important to yield than uniform spacing of plants in the row. This is true for all crops, but especially for corn, sunflowers,...

The problem with JD 50/60/90-series drills

by Matt Hagny Many of you know that I view these drills as being superior to many others on the market because of: 1) depth gauging alongside the blade, 2) an in-furrow seed-lock wheel. Yet there are plenty of shortcomings with these drills, and Exapta has been busy...

Planter ‘Firming Points’ vs Seed-Tube Guards

by Matt Hagny I’ve spent much of my adult life researching ways to make planters and drills function better in no-till, and it never ceases to amaze me how garbled up the thinking can get on some design issues. Take, for instance, firming points. Please, take...

Air Drills & Other Air-distribution Systems

by Matt Hagny (with Jock Baker) Exapta has always focused on the soil-engaging components of planter & grain drill openers in no-till seedbeds. That has been the weakest link. Now that we’re getting a handle on some of those shortcomings, we can free up a little...