Spring 2019 was as frustrating in Rich Hill, Missouri as in many parts of the Midwest. Too many rainy days and not enough sunny days! After struggling through April and May and continuing to have problems, one being our inability to close the seed furrow in all the variable soil conditions we were encountering (mostly WET). Our neighbor bought some Germinator Closing Wheels earlier in the season and was getting results that were much more successful than ours. After seeing his results I parked our two planters and jumped in the pickup and drove to Iowa purchasing 128 Germinator Closing Wheels for our two planters. My initial reaction to the results was quite positive, but as they say, “the proof is in the pudding”; after seeing our harvest results, I am an enthusiastic supporter of the Farm Shop MFG Germinator Closing Wheel! That day I drove up to Iowa was well worth my time.
I feel fortunate to have had Germinator closing wheels on my planter in 2018. Here in Northwest Iowa it was extremely difficult spring with frequent rain delays and the complication of occasionally needing to plant on stale tillage. The Germinator closing wheels system worked great in normal conditions, wet spots and where crusts had developed on stale tillage due to the frequent rain showers. In every case our germination rate and stand was better than expected! When digging behind the planter we always found the total destruction of the furrow sidewall and ideal seed to soil contact.
These wheels are a welcome OEM product replacement on my planter, it will be a fun planting season knowing the wheels will remain clog-free and produce better results at the same time.
Most seed companies guarantee a 95% germination rate. When using the Germinator, expect better.
Both 2016 and 2018 were managed with Grain Temp Guard – Alarm HT
The 2016 corn was sold in September 2019. It had a 60 pound test weight in a moisture of 13.5%.