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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Introducing Exapta’s weight brackets for JD 3-section air drills

Many of you in North America are fighting mud, and might find it difficult to contemplate needing more frame weight at the moment. But we’ve been down this road before—when it stops raining and gets sunny & hot, the soil goes from too soft to too hard in a matter...

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Frame bolt breakage on JD air drills

If you have a JD drill where the rear transport wheel frame is held together as shown in the photo, you probably are constantly replacing broken bolts. We’ve found that using a pair of shorter bolts instead of a single long bolt in those spots pretty much eliminates...

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Do seed-applied fungicides harm mycorrhizae?

by Matt Hagny It seems to be the latest trend amongst the Regenerative Ag folks to stop using seed-applied fungicides for fear of what they might be doing to the soil ecology, particularly mycorrhizae (see my previous newsletter on this —my agronomy consulting is dba...

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