Is this “flapper thingy” necessary?

Yes, whether you call it a tab, strap, deflector or tab, preventing seed bounce is most definitely necessary. And here is why: All John Deere 50/60/90 drills use a seed bounce flap, attached to the end of the seed boot, for the purpose of eliminating seed bounce and...

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Drill Blades: When to Replace and Why?

On JD and CIH P-500/NH P-2080/85 single disc drills (with 18" blades), blades should be replaced at 17 3/8" diameter or sooner. At Exapta, we encourage blade replacement sooner rather than later, because at this point over half the bevel is gone and very dull. The...

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See for yourself: Valion versus OEM Seed Tube Guards

Our customer in Eastern Nebraska shared side-by-side comparisons of Valions and OEM guards on a John Deere XP 24-row and a Kinze 3000-series 16 row. The differences in wear are undeniable. Photo 1 : John Deere, 24-row 1) Valion (top and left) measures 3/4” versus OEM...

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Set-up your seeds for success: the great Keeton debate

Laying to rest the negativity towards Seed Firmers Struggling to get good emergence with your planter in no-till?  Inadequate seed firming is often the culprit.  Seeds should be securely embedded into the bottom of the furrow.  You might be pleasantly surprised at how...

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Closing Wheels…Why start at the back?

Here at Exapta, we field lots of questions about closing wheels and whether they affect yields. It’s easy to start with the closing wheel when trying to improve the planter because it’s the first thing you see when you walk behind it. However, closing wheels are part...

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Which Bushing kits are best for your JD 50/60/90 series drill?

Because there are several bushing kit options marketed, we field this question often, “Which bushing kit is the best fit for me, and why?” Of course, we should factor time (of the repair/job and maintenance), price and quality. Exapta delivers quality—with every...

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Reduce overlap. Decrease input costs.

In today’s competitive and uncertain market, maximizing margins is vital to improving your profit potential. With so many factors affecting your yields, you can’t always control what you get out of every acre. But you can control what you put in. Have you ever...

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Plant with Assurance

Many have fall crops to harvest yet and some are still fighting the mud to wrap up fall seeding. We are facing one of the wettest fall seasons in recent history. We, at Exapta, feel your pain—we have our own crops to get in and out of the fields. Precipitation not...

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STP ‘saw-tooth’ opener blades

by Matt Hagny The Exapta crew has gotten quite a few questions from our customers as to Precision Tillage Tech’s STP/Sabre-Tooth opener blades, so we tested them this spring [2019] on a JD 1770 planter with XP row units in central Kansas in 25-year no-till on mellow...

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