Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: East Central Saskatchewan
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residue management is crutial
The reason why seedhawks and seedmasters plant more and more acres every year is because the crop germination with them is second to non. Having said that straw management is critical. There is a bit of preplanning that must be done for the next years crop as with any no till or min till system. Every field will have to have its straw or residue managed properly and that begins at the previous years harvest. Maybe you would be better off dealing with your excess straw at harvest. Having a 9600 combine on our farm left the most challenging stubble to deal with. We plugged the seedhawk quite a few times the first year we purchased it, there is a bit of a learning curve. Getting a new combine with a good chopper made a world of difference here. Now we find no real need to use the heavy harrow any more. On my farm I will not sacrifice even seeding depth and great germination for gang packers and uneven seeding depth with poor germination.