Beat the autumn frost with early spring seeding

We could tell something was out of sorts in the region while presenting the Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers at the 2016 Agri-Trade Equipment Expo November 9 to 12 in Red Deer, Alta.

Traffic at the show through the first two days was slow, partially due to cold, wet weather that kept producers in northern Alberta from completing their harvest on time.

Low snowfall levels through the winter of 2015-2016 and a quick run-off last spring allowed some farmers to jump ahead of their normal seeding schedule. However, rainfall in early September and snowstorms in October through the Northeast, Northwest and Peace (west-central) regions of the province ground to a halt what was supposed to be a record crop harvest.

Many regular Agri-Trade Equipment Expo attendants remained in the field into the first and second weeks of November.

Producers located anywhere on the Prairies can do little when uncooperative fall weather strikes, but hope for a quick, dry, sunny turn-around. Producers can, however, control when they get their seed in the ground early in the season. Would getting on the fields two or three weeks earlier have allowed the crop to be taken off before the rain and snow hit in September and October?

Besides a general improvement in seed placement, Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers allow farmers to work in less-than-satisfactory conditions in the spring. The cup-shaped scrapers are custom bracketed an eighth of an inch above your seeder’s packer wheels and rotate once mud builds up to reach them. They smoothly slice the soil off of the wheel and away from the equipment.

With the ability to work in wetter soil conditions, the seed is placed in the ground earlier and granted more time to germinate and mature through the season.

Come out and see how Devloo Roto Mud Scrapers can benefit the bottom-line on your farm when we return to the road on January 10 and 11, 2017 for The Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Sask. We will also be attending:

The Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon, Man. January 17 to 19.

The KMOT Ag Expo in Minot, N.D. January 25 to 27.

 

By Christopher L. Istace

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