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Closing Wheel Study - Pro Stitch Wheels Finish With 7 Bu./A Advantage

Beck’s Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind. The full details of this Closing Wheel Study can be viewed by downloading the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Book Page 52.



Purpose:
To determine what effects different closing wheel types have on plant emergence and yield. Eight closing wheel combinations were tested on four different pressure settings. The control in this study was a set of solid rubber closing wheels. Unfavorable planting conditions were targeted for this study.

Summary:   
Different closing wheel combinations can be a good option when trying to broaden your planting window. Our study was conducted in less than desirable no-till conditions. With that being said, we saw an excellent yield boost with the use of the Pro Stitch wheels and 2 Yetter Spikes with a drag chain. When looking at the different pressure settings, we saw our best results compared to the solid rubbers (control) when using the fourth notch.
As we know, one of the worst things we can do in heavy no-till conditions is increase the pressure on 2 solid rubber closing wheels in an attempt to close the seed slot. We saw a yield increase from the use of all our closing wheel combinations at the fourth pressure setting when compared to the control.
The Pro Stitch wheels won 3 of the 4 pressure setting categories and finished first overall with a 7 Bu./A. advantage over the 2 solid rubbers. Our two year data favors the use of 2 Yetter Spikes, 2 Dawn Curvetines and 2 Yetter Paddles when planting in less than desirable no-till conditions.
Figure 1 represents the two-year pressure setting yield data when all the closing wheel combinations were averaged.   

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