Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

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Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by chedly_farms » Fri May 22, 2020 8:37 pm

I’m curious if anyone has seen any mods ever that use fertilizer spreaders for seeding. Growing up, the farmer I did chores for would use his spreader to seed hay fields or wheat. And that lovely new amazone spreader would be perfect for it. Thoughts?
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by garyst » Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 pm

I like this idea. In my area almost all the winter wheat is seeded with a dry fertilizer spreader then incorporated with a du-all seedbed finisher. I have heard of some farms in Arkansas who broadcast spread their soybean seeds as well then use a hipper roller to bury them into rows.

Edit: added a few pics of how winter wheat is done over here just for fun.

First the wheat seeds mixed with fertilizer gets broadcast spread over the field.
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Then a du-all seedbed finisher is passed over the field to mix it into the soil.
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All the additional fertilizer and fungicides are applied by cropdusters.
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Then the wheat gets harvested in May.
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The straw gets burned after harvest. Note: the wheat field is behind this cotton field in the pic.
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Then the field is re seedbedded and planted with soybeans.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Illinois Farmer » Fri May 22, 2020 9:33 pm

We seed our oats with our hay using an old idea seeder that throws it on top. Then we come with a drag to incorporate it. Our wheat we use a drill.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Farmercaseih » Fri May 22, 2020 9:36 pm

We had the co-op broadcast oats for us with a floater last year as a cover crop. My dad got about half of it disked in before it started raining haha

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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Tylercheesey1986 » Sat May 23, 2020 9:52 am

I would love a feet spreader that let you spread seed. That's how I do it IRL.
Plow, harrow, spread seed then drag an old gate over it to cover the seed. Works very well IMO
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by chedly_farms » Sat May 23, 2020 8:57 pm

Illinois Farmer wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 9:33 pm
We seed our oats with our hay using an old idea seeder that throws it on top. Then we come with a drag to incorporate it. Our wheat we use a drill.
Years have failed my memories. He seeded oats, not wheat with his spreader.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Illinois Farmer » Sat May 23, 2020 9:21 pm

Ha that's all good I'm sure back in the day they did wheat like that too.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Kamoore65536 » Sun May 24, 2020 4:33 pm

When I was growing up we had a seeder/fertilizer spreader that bolted to the drawbar on my grandpas Farmall H and ran off the pto. It held one 30 pound bag of seed. I believe that converts to about 60 liters. We had 5 gallon buckets we would mix the seed in and then put in the spreader/seeder. we then used a chain harrow behind dads VAC Case(1940's) to incorporate it into the soil.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by blue_painted » Mon May 25, 2020 10:02 am

There's a farmer near me who sows rapeseed off the back of the combine header when cutting wheat or barley, and I've ploughed beans in after they were scattered on the surface.
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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Exfarmer89 » Mon May 25, 2020 3:34 pm

When I farmed years ago, we sowed all of our winter wheat with a spreader. We would take the load of wheat to our fertilizer dealer and they would blend the wheat with a batch of fert and we would spread it on the fields. We would then do a light discing to incorporate the seed and fert into the soil. And I have planted soybeans the same way, as a last measure.

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Re: Using fertilizer spreaders for seeding?

Post by Yeahrightio » Sat May 30, 2020 10:47 am

I use an international Harvester 6-2 seed drill. It is a 28 row and has a small seeds box, like the stars scarifiers in Fs19 and Fs17. It sows canola, but I use a vicon spreader to spread sorghum seed. It's a whale tail version.
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