Good seed to soil contact

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  1. Clayton

    Clayton Elite Refuge Member

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    IMG_4407.JPG IMG_4406.JPG These pics highlight the benefits of good seed to soil contact when broadcasting seed. This is Japanese millet that was broadcast and then cultipacked.
     
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  2. hannibal

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    Cool pic. Overall looks like a good stand and some is just lagging. The biggest problem we have had with Jap Millet is the damn blackbirds mowing it down before the ducks have a chance at it.
     
  3. bbfky

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    Clayton, looks good, I'll be cultipacking my next round. the doves found my latest round of planting which was just broadcasts. Between the doves and the killdeer that ate a ton but luckily I have had two successful plantings before this latest round.
     
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    What I see, Clayton, is that the tractor wheels did an even better job of providing seed/soil contact than the cultipacker, which still appears efficient enough.
     
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    Has there been a lack of rain there? Looks like something else is going on also?
     
  6. Clayton

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    Yes the tractor tires did provide even better contact.

    At first yes it was dry but it has since changed, a lot! Plenty of seed sprouting now. Now to dang wet to finish planting. We traded our millet gor buckwheat but now wondering if we will get it planted in time!!!
     
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    Clayton,

    Are y'all using a standard pto spin spreader to broadcast your seed? If so, how do you calibrate it and how accurate are your sowing rates?
     
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    Good question. I've always struggled with those damn things
     
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    Became a huge fan of a cultipacker 25 years ago when a farmer we leased our pit from told me to use it when planting my winter wheat food food plots. Nowadays we just rent a drill from the county FSA office, but if you can't drill it, used a cultipacker.
     
  10. Clayton

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    The one we have now is a bit different and pretty accurate. The hardest part is getting the spacing right. There is a big difference in spread width when using ryegrass vs millet vs wheat/buckwheat. I will get a picture tomorrow.
     

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