Farmer designs one-of-a-kind planter
"We took basically off-the-shelf John Deere parts and provided him a tank system and toolbars where we could mount four 12-row meter bodies on it. We trust John Deere and their seeding technologies and we sent the machine without row units to his local John Deere dealer, which installed all the twin-row units."
Jelinek placed on his fertilizer with a Krause strip-till unit, slightly increasing the nitrogen on his twin-row and doubling the starter fertilizer on corn from 5 gallons to 10 per acre, because he was running twice as many rows as was there before.
An ETS SeedWarrior cart is controlled with Deere's iSteer Active Implement Guidance system.
"This way, I don't get any of the side draft that you would normally have with a pull-type machine," Jelinek said. "It's an independent steering system controlled from the tractor."
Singulation and seed placement was very satisfactory, Jelinek said. Incorporating components such as the eSet vacuum metering and Deere's active pneumatic downforce and Seedstar XP?monitoring system definitely helped.
"We went as high-tech and for as much efficiency as we could," Jelinek said. "You can really cover the acres with this thing and not have to stop. You want to get seed in as quickly and as timely as possible so you can beat any weather problems."
Twenty-three inches separate one set of twin seed rows in Jelinek's operation from the next. Jelinek also uses a 24-row Krause Gladiator to perform a strip tillage pass about three weeks ahead of planting.
Doing something novel for Jelinek wasn't unusual for ETS, Born said, because they have over the years developed many pieces of equipment uniquely suited to uses of the strip-till producer.
On the Northern Plains, ETS has become known for its SoilWarrior zone tillage system, which Born said creates zones that are 8 to 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide in any type of soil, without smearing or smoothing the sidewalls and pulling up huge clumps of soil. Tillage is accomplished by using a 30-inch deep-till coulter on each row unit.
A 5/16-inch-thick coulter has 10 replaceable ductile iron tillage bits. Zones up to 6 inches deep can be placed with two 20-inch shallow-till wavy coulters rather than a deep-till coulter.
The bits on the deep-till coulter create a spoon-like cutting action that slices through residue and digs into the soil, creating a U-shaped zone of aerated soil. Two 25-inch containment coulters with a unique saw blade design are mounted behind the deep-till or shallow-till coulters. They float free without down pressure to gather soil and form it into a neat berm.
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