Once harvest wraps up, it will already be time to start thinking about next spring and determine if you have what you need to handle 2015 planting. Pinch row compaction is an important issue to address if you have a center-fill planter, particularly when heavy tillage practices are also used. Agriculture Concepts has developed what it calls TrackTill, a planter attachment that tackles that pinch row compaction problem, and it will be available in the spring of 2015.

23 growers throughout the Midwest took the step towards reducing compaction by using TrackTill. The system helps manage the weight on planters and boosts yields from the center row crops. Based on an Iowa State University study, TrackTill helped increase yield on center rows by an average of 8 bushels/acre. For most producers TrackTill offers about a one year payback at $4 corn.

Three models are available: TrackTill WM (wheel mount) fits planters like the John Deere 1770 and 1775NT planters and starts at $17,990; TrackTill FM (frame mount) is the narrow row version for John Deere planters with 20 to 22 in. row spacing and starts at $20,790; and TrackTill FM is made for John Deere planters with 30 in. row spacing and starts at $18,900.

For more information, visit agricultureconcepts.com.

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