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Offline NWIAdeerhunter

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« on: April 14, 2019, 10:41:24 PM »
Was wondering what everyone does for seeding plots. For years I've been just broadcasting and dragging with an old drag section.  I have an old JD 7000 4 row that I've used to plant soybeans the last couple years but am limited on just planting beans and corn.  Have been looking at the woods precision super seeders a lot lately, they are an all in one with a disc gang on the front, spiked roller in the middle and cultipacker on the back.  Can plant multiple seeds at once at different depths too.  Was just curious what everyone else does. I'm getting to big for the four wheeler broadcast spreader.
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Re: seeders
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 07:51:38 AM »
I'm nlot going to be much help on this post.  I use an over the shoulder bag seeder for small seed (turnips, clover, alfalfa, etc.) and a 3 pt. cyclone spreader for oats.  I have been thinking about a grain drill, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  The above two methods seem to work fine for me.  Plant it just before a rain and hit with cultipacker seems to work well.  Keep us posted on what you decide to go with.  You must be planting a lot of food plots, how many acres are you planting total?

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Re: seeders
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 09:37:26 AM »
I use a little hand crank spreader for tiny seeds (and small patches) and my ATV spreader for the bigger stuff.  I generally spread and run a cultipacker over it or drag then cultipack depending on the type of seed.  I also have an old Ferguson Yardmaker that has both a seed box and fertilizer box and a pair of spiked rollers on it that can be filled with water, so it can seed, fertilize, and pack all in one pass.  I haven't used it in years, but did some horse pasture mix with it (alfalfa & grass) on a couple of acres here when we built the house and then on the lawn too.  It works well but most of my plots are small enough that it's just not worth messing with.  For a bigger operation it would be getting much more use.  It's a little over 6' wide, operates like a drop spreader, doesn't have the individual drop tubes like most drills would have.

Would love to find some old ground driven row units like Deere 71's or IH 185/295's that I could bolt on a tool bar and make a 3-4 row planter for sunflowers & corn, but those things are bringing crazy money these days.  Wasn't too long ago those were being sold for scrap, now it's hard to find a single row unit at all, as guys are building small plot planters & selling them for big bucks.
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Re: seeders
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 02:17:24 PM »
I do the same thing as you. I have a buddy that just bought a drill for 6K. I think I will stay w/ what I've been doing. @--0--0105
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Re: seeders
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019, 06:46:21 AM »
I'm nlot going to be much help on this post.  I use an over the shoulder bag seeder for small seed (turnips, clover, alfalfa, etc.) and a 3 pt. cyclone spreader for oats.  I have been thinking about a grain drill, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  The above two methods seem to work fine for me.  Plant it just before a rain and hit with cultipacker seems to work well.  Keep us posted on what you decide to go with.  You must be planting a lot of food plots, how many acres are you planting total?

If I have to replant the two clover plots right now I would be at around 12 to 15 acres and thats with one farm not having any which I have to do some work on it first to figure out where I want to plant one. My biggest problem is time. Last fall with the equipment I have it took me almost a day and a half to work about 4 acres of ground with the tiller, seed and fertilize everything, and drag it to cover and pack the ground back down. 
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Re: seeders
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 01:53:17 PM »
Oh man, that is a lot of groceries!  I checked out the Woods implement you were talking about, I didn't realize how expensive they were.  If you get one, send some pics of it in action.  It seems like it would cut down on a lot of tractor time.

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Re: seeders
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2019, 04:36:07 PM »
that is a lot of planting. can you borrow a seeder from a local guy? a field that big could use decent size planters
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Re: seeders
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2019, 07:56:55 PM »
That's a good thought - our local Pheasants Forever group has a drill that they loan/rent out for food & habitat work - - not sure if they'd only do it on the condition of planting stuff for pheasants vs. deer??
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Re: seeders
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2019, 09:47:12 AM »
i used a JOHN DEERE PULL BEHIND SPREADER  WORKS ALONG AS IT IS DRY
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