Posted by Farmallb on July 22, 2012 at 10:47:52 from (220.127.116.11):
Im wondering how accurate the drop was on those horse and early tractor planters was. Ive seen charts from both JD and McD that supposedly shows the accurcy of their drop. But I, like anybody my age, 64, who was out in a corn field as a kid can remember serious skips in the field. Do you think that the machines wernt that good at the dropping rate, but that the manufactures knew that farmers thought that bad seed wouldnt germanate and accepted the skips. #2 That the seed WASNT that good, and some of it didnt germanate, BUT I cant imagine a planter picking up a series of bad seed and dropping it all in a line for sometimes 20ft or more, then going back to good seed.
Ive got a McCormick Deering 2 row tractor planter, #204, or something like that. ITS O L D. It, like its horse cousin I have right beside it, are made nearly exactly the same way, and it suffers just like its cousin from drops skips.
#3 Do you think that, cause corn is planted in widths less than 1/2 the distance they used to be, that that causes less erosion and washing out of the seed than in formally wide rows, tho, I cant see how that would make a difference, as the seed, while in the individual rows would be defenceless against the onslaught of rain till it had gotten at least 9in tall, and spread out enough to form some kind of canopy to stop/slow down the washing effects of the hard hitting rain.
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