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lennart 402062 104 Sugar beet seeding either
Sugar beet seeding
A couple of days ago my neighbur got his sugar beets seeded by a contractor.
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The contractor uses a MF 6270 tractor and a Accord Monopill 12 row precision drill.
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From behind.
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Last picture. Here you can see the traces of the row. After 3,5 hours nearby 5 hectars of beets has been planted.
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Nice pictures Lennart, we grew beet on my farm for 65 years... 2004 was my last year. Very few beet grown near to my farm now. York factory closed last February, and much of the beet area has moved to East Anglia.
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There is fields so good condition. :-)
We wait a long time, when ground frost smelt :-\
Here north Finland we not have sugar beet. Too short summer

Eu sugar politics dismantle Finnish sugar culture :-(
One factory is closed and one working.

I like wery much your work pic
Keep camera works :-)
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Very nice pictures Lennart :-)

You would think he might have rowcrop duals on the rear of his tractor, to give him better traction with such a large drill.

Cheers,

TC.
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TC,it's not hard to pull 12-row drill,it doesn't need duals
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@Lennart , we average about 3.5 to 4 hectares pro hour with 12 rows seeder.

@TasCowboy - No need for better traction but tractor would sink less thus making the work nicer . When we turn at the end of the field tractor disturb a lot of sugar beet seed that we are already planted , with rear duals not so much.
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Regarding the duals i can se Ratarko's point, but this will give a tractor width of 3,3 m and then it can be problems during transport, even if now laws prohibit it. Normally they don't seed beets on the headland so the problem with damaging seed is not so big.

Regarding the acerage covered per hour it depends on the speed and the format of the field. Second the speed depends on the soil and how skill the driver is. This beet field has light clay, and this contractors driver is very skill, he plants app. 100 hectars each spring. The speed is 5 km/hour.

I think we have found one reason why you, Ratarko, don't get the same yields as we. To achive your capacity you must drive at least 10-12 km/h. If you have very plain fields and light soil maybe it will function, but otherwise the seeder will put the seed unsufficient in the row.

Our advisors have found that more than 50% of the result in beet production hangs on the planting work.
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We do not have any problem to drive with duals on road in Croatia or what ever width machine we want :-D
Normally we have canals all around the field just one entering point to the field.First we plant all around the field , about 30 rows and the headlands too. Then we start planting from one side and in that way we must turn tractor at the previously planted headland :-\

We drive from 8 km/h to 9 km/h . That speed is not to fast for seeder . We have nice and regular density from one seed to another . I do not think that is a problem with ours yields . I think speed over 10 km/h is to fast , I will never drive like that.
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Thanks for the answer Lennart.

I bet it is rough riding around on those row crops on the bitumen (tar) road ;-)

I have seen guys use clip on duals on rowcrops, especially when sowing (makes the tractor more versatile in what jobs it can do). I guess the width is a problem for road travel but for a farmer who doesnt leave his farm, I think it would be a good idea (I dont reckon beet would like soil compaction, as most crops dont).

Cheers,

TC.
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