Hi all, well I got busy and planted what potato seed I had and 2 rows of sweet corn it went really good planting both I really like the corn planter got off the tractor took some pictures got gone came in the house went to remove the memory card what the heck no card it was still in the laptop someone forgot to reinstall it so had to settle for some pictures of the corn planter in the shade
Planted Spuds and Sweet Corn Today
Posted May 13, 2018 - 03:56 PM
That's my type of gardening! Got everything spaced right for a cultivator?
I hope so although I got distracted and wandered a bit on the first corn row. maybe when I try cultivating it will get straightened
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Posted May 13, 2018 - 04:23 PM
Hi Noel its a pretty simple design I just used a couple of old disc blades from a junk farm disc welded some thick walled tube and some reinforcing and used a 3/4 bolt for the axles will last as long as I will use it, last year I went with the furrower first as I have in the past then covered the potatoes with the disc furrower but the seed ended up about 10" deep but they came up took a little longer so this year just basically placed them on the ground and covered them
Here's the build thread http://gardentractor...ler-for-the-pk/
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Posted May 13, 2018 - 05:20 PM
Down here we used to say you get more corn in a crooked row. Does that work for potatoes too? All I ever seen grown in MN was sugar beets. Course we were up there in July chasing race cars. Don't take much dirt to cover the potatoes. Harrow over the top is enough. Plants grow up, roots grow down.
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Posted May 13, 2018 - 08:49 PM
Edited by jms180, May 13, 2018 - 08:52 PM.
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Posted May 13, 2018 - 10:19 PM
Putting all of you new toys/tools to work I see! It looks like they earned their keep for now. Now all you have to do is wait and see how everything turns out.
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Posted May 14, 2018 - 07:51 AM
Excellent! Said it before, that planter is really nice!
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Posted May 14, 2018 - 12:18 PM
Hi all boy did I have good time this morning we are getting a nice gentle rain its suppose to be in the high 70's and 80's this week later this week I'll plant some radishes carrots beans beets squash and a few pumpkins and sunflowers for the birds.
Thanks to all I really like the corn planter it worked great bad thing is I only got about 3 minutes of use guess I should plowe up the back yard and plant more corn
I wish that I had gotten pictures of the planter in the dirt I have a number of digital cameras a Kodak (that I used) it takes good pictures and really does good videos but the darn thing will act like its taking a picture with the memory card out, I have a couple of older HP's I really like have them in the shop and are great everyday camera's but there videos are poor but if the memory card isn't in the camera it will not tkae a picture and a notice comes up on the screen they have a viewfinder the Kodak doesn't you have to look at the view screen which is impossible to see outdoors.
Edited by MNGB, May 14, 2018 - 12:40 PM.
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Posted May 14, 2018 - 01:05 PM
Thanks for the reply!
I guess the thing I am always interested in for these kinds of planters is how well do they space the seeds and does a seed drop in every time it's supposed to. I guess germination rates will tell us those questions, please keep us updated.
I would think that planter would easily plant an acre of sweetcorn in no time. Maybe time to set up a roadside stand!!!!!
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Posted May 14, 2018 - 01:27 PM
Hi Shotgun, ya I researched planters the planter that Power King sold was a Cole planter they have a good rep but newer ones are spendy $1500+ and the old ones I see on e bay and CL are mostly all out east / southeast some look really beat, around here of course we are on the northern part of the corn belt so there are lots of International Harvester and John Deere planters the IH 185 is from the 60's and a good planter it was replaced by the 295 in the 70's basically the same but some improvements biggest being a large fiberglass seed hopper, the John Deere units were the 70's same time line as the 185 replaced by the 71 these are excellent planters (the 71 is still being built by Yetter Mfg now). I didn't get a manual with the 185 so I bought one off e bay and it was interesting and I tell you it can be complicated figuring out all the various combination of planting speed vs seed spacing vs type of seed vs type of planter plate etc. I checked it over and tried to go with basic setting which was what it was set up to do, time will tell but I know it will be better than the earthway seeder / planter (not knocking them they are good for what they are) I paid $650.00 for this planter it was mounted on a Cat 1 3 pt hitch two (2) units som I have a Cat 0 unit and a Cat 1 unit have the Cat 1 unit listed on CL
Edited by MNGB, May 14, 2018 - 01:27 PM.
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Posted May 17, 2018 - 01:11 PM
Hi all got really warm here yesterday 85*F+ got the rest of the garden done carrot, beets radish's tomatoes cabbage, broccoli green peppers squash cumbers and beans so now hopefully it will come up before the weeds.
Has anyone used preen in their garden and how did it work?
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