JD 50/60/90 seed boots

by Matt Hagny An oft-discussed topic is the repair of the boot attachment holes to minimize the up/down slop (which is important for seed placement). But it’s crucial that this slop be addressed in a way that doesn’t cause plugging. Even the smallest gap between boot...

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JD 50/60/90/Pro-series NT drill tips, Part 2:

by Matt Hagny Continuing on from our previous email with seed firming and furrow closing steps: 5) Seed firming is mission critical. Unless you’re willing to rely on a rain every time you seed (not wise!), you must achieve good seed-to-soil contact, and this is...

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JD 50/60/90/Pro-series NT drill tips, Part 1:

by Matt Hagny All of our past newsletters and tips on these drills are compiled and updated here (if you hate reading, this material was also presented in a recent webinar, although there’s certainly some value in reviewing both). These things matter—the no-tillers...

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Introducing Forges de Niaux 200 blades for JD 50/60/90 drills!

Exapta is pleased to now offer a truly superior blade for your JD no-till drills, the Forges de Niaux 200. Extensive field testing has proven these to last an average of 20% longer than the next-best, the Ingersoll, and to stay sharp longer—due to a unique steel and...

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Planter Downforce, Depth Settings, and Levelness

by Matt Hagny If you have new blades on a Deere planter with the depth mechanism set as shown in this photo, the furrow being cut should be 2” deep consistently. If it’s less than that, you don’t have enough downforce on the row unit. (For corn, sunflowers, and...

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Profile of Success: Kent Stones, Lebanon, KS

by Matt Hagny Case studies of some top-notch no-tillers (there are many). Kent Stones examines the oldest no-till field in Brazil. In touring what was supposedly some of the best no-till in Brazil, he wasn't impressed, noting far too much soil disturbance and lack of...

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Closing Wheels – The Studies

by Matt Hagny You’ve probably noticed that the farm magazines sometimes publish summaries or studies of closing wheel comparisons, and other vendors like to tout whichever study shows their brand(s) or style(s) of closing wheels comparing favorably. You might also...

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UniForce In-Depth Webinar

In case you missed the Webinar, you can watch the recording now. UniForce In-Depth Webinar covers: 1. Hydraulic capacity requirements 2. Can UniForce work when the tractor has no extra remotes available? 3. Where an accumulator is advantageous 4. The ability to run a...

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Maintenance on JD 50/60/90s

This special flat washer and flange locknut wear against each other as the closing arm moves up/down in the field. They wear fairly quickly, since they’re only grade 5 from Deere (Exapta’s are both grade 8). Eventually they wear enough that there’s additional...

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Profile of Success: Lewis & Jason Unruh, Peabody, KS

by Matt Hagny Case studies of some top-notch no-tillers (there are many). Jason and Lewis Unruh Whereas some successful no-tillers use their enhanced profitability and efficiency to double, triple or quadruple the size of their farms, Lewis Unruh has taken a different...

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