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Check Your Mojos

 by Matt Hagny When used in benign conditions, our Mojo Wires have a long life expectancy. However, when flexed to the max, they may start to take on this greater curvature (of max-flexed position) and lose their tension when back in normal operating position. When...

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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,...

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Fertilizers in the Seed Row (“Pop-up”)

by Matt Hagny For those who don’t know my history, I’ve been an agronomist (independent crop consultant) for nearly a quarter-century now, working almost exclusively with no-till systems during that time. So, first and foremost, I’m an agronomist. I...

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Gauge Wheels in No-till

by Matt Hagny A nuanced topic. First, let’s look at gauge wheels on planters, then drills. (Your drill isn’t a true gauge-wheel design? Maybe it’s time to upgrade). For the last 40+ yrs, virtually all planters have had gauge wheels alongside the...

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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...

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Seeds Must Absorb Moisture (Help Them)

by Matt Hagny I’ve spent my working life as an agronomist (independent crop consultant), trying to improve no-till cropping systems and methods. I didn’t set out to manufacture or sell planting equipment—I arrived here out of necessity, in that one of the...

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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...

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Seed bounce flaps – JD 50 & 90-series drill boots

by Matt Hagny A plastic protrusion off the back of the seed boot–what could be more trivial? Except, they’re not so trivial. These reduce seed bounce, which is especially bad on air drills, but a plenty big problem on box drills too. Some vendors will...

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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...

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Planter Opener Blades: 3, 3.5, or 4mm? And Depth of Bevel!

by Matt Hagny, consulting agronomist for no-till systems since ’94. ‘Round and ’round. More choices than ever. I continue to see more aftermarket suppliers and OEMs (Monosem) putting 4mm-thick planter opener disks/blades on the market. A few...

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