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Have you ever wondered why there are over 30+ different planter closing wheels that attach to the same frame from the 70’s?

In many ways, farming is much different now than it was in the 1970’s (over 40 years ago!), but when looking through old product brochures we noticed that quite a few things haven’t changed–including the closing systems. Watch this video as Bryce explains why the closing system on your planter needs completely re-thought. 

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FAQ

Tell me again, how is FurrowForce different from other closing wheels? 

Rather than trying to close from the soil surface, FurrowForce has first stage notched wheels that are aggressively angled to fracture the sidewall of the furrow, moving soil horizontally. The depth of the first stage notched wheels is determined by the second stage stitch wheels. The two stages are rigidly linked to accomplish this depth control. The second stage sets depth but also carries weight. So it firms the soil above the seed with adjustable airbag force. FurrowForce can be optimized for the best closing performance because depth, the width of the first stage notched wheels, and pressure are adjusted either manually or automatically. 

I have a lot of rocks in my soil. Does FurrowForce have issues with rocks?

No! There is a rock guard that needs to be added and set correctly to kick rocks aside.

Does FurrowForce work well in my soil type/conditions?

Yes! FurrowForce will need to be tuned for your conditions with the depth of the first stage, width of the first stage, and pressure. Set correctly for your conditions, FurrowForce will work well.

Do you have to have all the electronic stuff to go with it or can you just buy the closing system? I like my planters to be simple and mechanical.

FurrowForce can be run with manual adjustment without the need for a 20|20 monitor. With manual adjustment, digging behind your planter is what will inform your adjustments.

What is the advantage of running FurrowForce as an automated closing system?

If you don’t want to have to continually guess at what pressure to set your closing, then FurrowForce along with a Gen3 20|20 monitor in your cab is the solution. Simply add load sensors and control modules and you have yourself an automated closing system. In the cab, set the amount of firming force you want the stitch wheels to carry. When the load cell senses that there is more or less weight on the stitch wheels than you desired, the control module adjusts the pressure applied to that row instantly, to maintain your desired pressure. And you can be confident, because of the way that the two stages are linked together, that when you are carrying weight on the second stage stitch wheels, that the first stage wheels are cutting into the depth you set them at. 

What do I need to do to ensure FurrowForce runs correctly?

FurrowForce isn’t an install it and never check it again product. You will need to find the right depth and wheel spacing. Spend the time getting those things set correctly, though, and digging behind the planter will be totally different than you have ever seen it before. But, it's not something you can just forget is back there.

Why not just make a good wheel or attachment to go on the closing frame that has been around on planters for 40+ years?

In order to provide farmers a system that can adapt to all environments that can also have ultimate control, it takes getting rid of the 40 year old frames. Any wheel that goes on the existing frame is trying to close from the soil surface down, and it took a completely new design to be able to close from the seed up, meaning that a whole new system had to be made.  

I’ve heard people say “I can’t find the furrow”, but why does that matter? Doesn’t that make digging behind the planter harder?

It’s true. We hear many users of FurrowForce say “I can’t find the furrow.” This isn’t surprising since FurrowForce adapts to your planting conditions to remove air pockets and firm soil to keep moisture and destroys the evidence of the planter having placed the seed in the ground. Digging behind the planter to check your seed will be a totally different experience, but in a good way! When there is no evidence of the furrow, this means that your plant’s roots will be able to grow freely through the soil profile without yield-robbing soil density changes to navigate through.

Be real with me. What issues do people have with FurrowForce? Has Precision Planting made any improvements?  

FurrowForce is not an install it and never look again.  As has been stated, closing is best achieved when the notched wheel width, depth, and pressure are all adjusted correctly for the conditions.  For instance, with the wheels set very wide in tacky conditions, total closure of the furrow would be improved by narrowing up the wheels.  Also, the stagger of the first stage wheels and the setting of the rock guard is important to prevent catching rocks.

Setting your closing system correctly is tough.

FurrowForce is a two-stage closing system that adapts to your planting conditions to remove air pockets and firm soil to keep moisture, giving you confidence that your crops will germinate the best that they can.

Toss the 40 year old closing frame and quit trying all the different wheels. Get FurrowForce for your planter; a closing system built for 2021 and beyond.

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