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Closing wheels and row cleaners do the same jobs at higher planting speeds, but they will have to do that work faster, changing the way they operate.

“You will have to run more closing force because the closing wheel is traveling over more distance per second,” advises Kelby Krueger, John Deere. Most farmers testing the John Deere ExactEmerge planter needed to increase closing force by a notch or two, he says. Another option is to add cast closing wheels.

“Cast has more weight, so you don’t rely on springs as much and you don’t have to run in the maximum setting,” explains Krueger. “Only consider cast closing wheels if your soil conditions can support the minimum setting each year.”

Precision Planting has learned a few closing wheel lessons. “In general, we have found that pinch style closing systems deliver the best performance at higher speeds,” says Jason Stoller, Precision Planting. He also warns that farmers using more aggressive systems will need to watch and understand what is going on in the furrow.

“Sometimes very aggressive closing systems can actually throw seed, so you need to be careful before you make a decision,” he says.

You also need to evaluate row cleaners. “Floating row cleaners, like CleanSweep, provide the best opportunity to adjust your row cleaner force to remove the right amount of residue,” says Stoller.

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