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I bought a Yetter 40 ft. Tool bar off of Fennig Equipment with Yetter Magnums and I love it. It's fun to put NH3 on again, you can run 7-8 MPH in no-till and it does a great job.
The Yetter Stalk Devastator exceeded our expectations for this unit immensely. We have a JD 1293 cornhead with conventional rolls and it left many of the stalks sticking up which led to increased tire damage and difficulties in no-tilling our soybeans. The Devastator rolled the stalks down tightly without dislodging them which will make for less tire damage and easier planting next spring hopefully. We had to make a few minor adjustments to our head carrier but the unit fits on our carrier quite nicely, and requires only a little extra time to prepare for transport.
I have been using the Magnums for 3 years under ideal and less than ideal conditions to sidedress corn with very good results. The Magnums are mounted on an old 12 row 30 inch crop cultivator with a 7x7 bar pulling an anhydrous wagon. Operating speeds vary from 6 to 8 mph depending on crop height and field conditions. About 2/3 of my corn acres are COC with all of those being in standing corn stalks as I fall strip-till the corn and then come back and sidedress. Plugging with corn stalks is not an issue nor is throwing too much dirt or trash on the corn plants. Sealing has been very good with the Magnums as my rates vary from 80 to 200 lbs/ac of NH3. Overall I have been very happy with the performance of the Yetter Magnums.
While he never goes into the field too early – his soil is not that forgiving – John Overman likes to plant his 600 acres of beans and corn as soon as possible. “I’ll do anything to get crops out of the ground quicker.”
So, like many producers, John was looking for a tool to help him achieve early planting and combat its challenges. After watching some competitors closing wheel products, John chose Yetter 6200 Cast Spike Closing Wheels. “We’ve had a lot of Yetter fertilizer openers over the years, and I know they’re a reputable company.”
John’s main concern was sidewall compaction. “I wanted to make sure the sidewalls would cave in right. These wheels really seemed to take care of it. The trenches were closed well, and the spikes crumbled the soil, but I still got a good firming with the cast wheel above the spike.”
Even emergence is also a sign of a properly closed seed trench, and John saw that this year. “This year it was late when we could finally get into the field – the end of May and early June – so the soil was pretty warm. I saw really even emergence across many different soil types.”
John’s Cast Spike Closing Wheels are installed on a 23-row John Deere 1780 planter. He runs the spike wheel on one side of the seed trench and a rubber closing wheel on the other.
Yetter All Steer Cart with a 1600 gallon tank! Fennig Equipment received three carts on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. One quickly retailed to Schleucher Farms, Celina, Ohio.