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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No-till Drill Rebuild Services

JD 50/60/90/Pro-series drill rebuilds and upgrades Don’t have the time or inclination to crawl around on your drill doing the necessary maintenance? Wanting UniForce, but hesitant to deal with the install? Give us a call, and we can recommend air drill rebuilder...

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Cover-crop Seeding This Fall

by Matt Hagny If you don’t already have your cover-crop rye and triticale seed purchased, now is a great time to get that plan underway for when your corn crop is harvested. The benefits and management techniques I’ve written about previously here still hold. The...

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Keep corn stalks standing

by Matt Hagny Following up on my Dec 2013 newsletter: To keep more corn stalks standing (thus making it easier to seed into, as well as making them last longer), it appears that one of the most effective tools is to get the head slowed down sufficiently. For instance,...

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