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 only started...

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Super-duty opener assemblies for JD XP, ME5 planters!

by Matt Hagny We now have Forges de Niaux opener blade assemblies for late-model JD planters (XP & ME5). And with larger bearings than OEM or other aftermarket! These puppies use Peer double-row 205 bearings, whereas OEM and other aftermarket are double-row 204...

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Dealing with Ruts in No-till

by Matt Hagny I’ve spent a lot of time over the years urging no-tillers to avoid compaction and ruts with their equipment by using larger, low-pressure radials (see article) or tracks on everything that might be in the field when it's wet. For the most part, the...

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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 opener blades, and for...

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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 weak links...

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No-till in the Mud: JD 50/60/90/Pro-series drills & Case-IH P-500

by Matt Hagny Looks like it's going to be a very soggy spring season for nearly all of North America —are you equipped to do a good job with seed installation in the mud?  In handling wetter-than-desired conditions at seeding, Exapta has the experience and products to...

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Forges de Niaux 200 vs Ingersoll (blades for JD 50/60/90 drills)

by Matt Hagny One important reason why the Forges de Niaux 200s stay sharp longer than Ingersolls: The Niauxs start out with ~3/4" of bevel, vs ~5/8" on the Ingersolls (see photo). That’s over 1.5° smaller angle (13 vs 14.5°) at the edge, which is a significant...

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Peer SeedXtreme bearings

by Matt Hagny One of our competitors touts their use of SeedXtreme bearings. Are they in fact better? The SeedXtreme bearing uses 6 seals per side (12 total), versus the typical 2 or 3 seals per side that are commonly used in ag bearings (such as gauge wheels and...

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