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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SOIL APPLICATION OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE TO IMPROVE CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Location: National Soil Dynamics Laboratory

Title: Planter Aid For Heavy Residue Conservation Tillage Systems

Authors
item Torbert, Henry
item Ingram, John - JOHN INGRAM & SONS FARM
item Prior, Stephen

Submitted to: Agronomy Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 2, 2006
Publication Date: February 6, 2007
Citation: Torbert III, H.A., Ingram, J.T., Prior, S.A. 2007. Planter aid for heavy residue consrvation tillage systems. Agronomy Journal. 99:478-480.

Interpretive Summary: The use of conservation tillage system has many crop production advantages. However, the need to leave plant residue on the soil surface makes planting the crop more difficult. One potential problem is that any standing residue often gets caught in the moving mechanisms of the planter, causing the planter to become clogged. To present this problem, a forward residue mover was designed. The forward residue mover pushes the standing residue away from the planter and prevents the residue from getting tangled in the planter mechanism. The device is constructed of a ridged steel frame and uses attached flexible hoses to move the standing residue away from the moving mechanism of the planter as it travels across the field. A description of the forward residue mover is described. The use of this device has greatly improved planter performance by preventing clogging of the moving parts of the planter.

Technical Abstract: The use of conservation tillage system has many crop production advantages. However, the need to leave plant residue on the soil surface makes planting the crop more difficult. One potential problem is that any standing residue often gets caught in the moving mechanisms of the planter, causing the planter to become clogged. To overcome this constraint, a forward residue mover was designed. The forward residue mover pushes the standing residue away from the planter and prevents entanglement in the row cleaner mechanism. The device is constructed of a ridged steel frame and uses attached flexible hoses to move the standing residue away from the moving mechanism of the planter as it travels across the field. A description of the forward residue mover is described herein. Use of this device greatly improves planter performance by preventing clogging of the moving parts of the planter.

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