Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: nw north dakota
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With row cleaners, proper closing wheels, and heavy enough down pressure the planters work fine in no-till. Lets talk real #'s
I forget exactly what my L233p cost per acre, but it was at least $40 for a 4 lb (~100,000 seeds per lb) rate. I'll make it easy and cut that in half and save $20 per acre. If I do this I would have the local Co-op spread for ~$6.5-$7 per acre. Because of spreading disadvantages and liquid fertilizer (in-row Starter) usually costing more per acre than dry I'll call any logistical advantage of not driving to get fertilizer every 90 acres a wash. I'm leaving airseeder wear and tear out of this just for simplification.
I come up with $13 per acre advantage assuming 1) I don't need to spray any more and 2) planting canola doesn't yield any better than drilling it. Feel free to challenge my numbers as I may be missing something.
Everything that I've read on here and other places points to the fact that the planted canola seems to yield the same if not a smidge better than drilled canola, but does delay maturity a bit. I would hope that with 15 inch planter spacing there would be no extra herbicide passes. In my case I plant corn (use refurbished 20 year old planter), beans (drill on 10"), and sunflowers(drill on 10"). This makes it easier to take a plunge on a late model high dollar planter and my goal is to have a 60 foot planter with 30/15" spacings, but they are **** expensive right now...