4 weeks ago
Friday, June 20, 2014
Seed corn sells for $4/lb, and if this thing doesn't work correctly it'll waste hundreds of dollars, so this is actually a pretty important activity. Worth spending half a day to get it right. I notice that the corn meters (the part that actually grabs each seed) isn't as accurate as it could be. So off to the manual I go for the cleaning and tuning instructions.
The bins are fiberglass, and I'm getting itchy working around them. I make a note that I need to paint them to keep the fibres in place, and I'll probably need to replace one of them. I keep a list of maintenance for each piece of equipment, and that's a rainy day activity. I'll order the parts so that I can do the repair as time allows.
This particular planter is set up for dry fertilizer (the two larger bins on the tractor side). I'll skip that for now; I've put lots of manure tea from the manure lagoon on the land I'm planting, and I think it'll be good for this planting.
This JD 7000 can plant beans (soybean and edible), corn, probably pumpkin (although it's not listed, the seeds are the right size and shape and a lot of people are still using it. More modern variants of seeders can be amazingly large.