Issue No. 33 - Summer 2001

Do you want to get into direct seeding but are having a hard time seeing over the mountain of dollars needed to make a system work? Following are some low budget ideas that, along with some shop time, would help set up residue management in your seeding system.

Ed Beauchesne and his wife Marguerite are veterans at direct seeding. They farm at Albertville northeast of P.A. Of course they grow pretty big straw crops some years. When Ed started direct seeding he was threshing with a John Deere 7721. He beefed up the straw chopper on this combine by bolting 2 swather knife sections on the end of each hammer. He says they don't cut his straw up too fine.

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