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BLUEPAINT 486795 1 Driving straight either
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,Planting soy beans on 1 mile long field with markers ,I just thought it was a nice shot?
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Just goes to show doesnt it. Straight driving is an art form, a skill that every good drill man should possess :-)
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TasCowboy wrote:
Just goes to show doesnt it. Straight driving is an art form, a skill that every good drill man should possess :-)

Yup..
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You don't earn any money on driving straight.....:-\;-)
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But you get a sense of pride in your work Lennart :-) nothing worse than seeing a crooked, poor drilling job in a crop, esp if it is near a road (so everyone can see it) :-P
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I agrre, TC, but I think we must get from judging a farmer of how their field looks, or their barns, to judge a farmer as the buisness man she or he shall be. In this modern deregulated market controled farming there is no place for buisness mistakes, but some crooked seeding won't get a farmer bankrupcy (if the rest of the job is done right with depth, prework etc.).
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you have hit the nail on the head Lennart! plus the hares get bored running along a straight row! Like I always say a good crop has a bit of character;-) hate these modern stright lines;-)
Farming comes down to timeing, and preperation plus some good business scence:-[something many lack:-\
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Indeed a nice photo Bluepaint. If you have more photos, please post them.

Tony
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Yes you are right, but getting the drilling job is the single most imortant step in crop establishment. A stuff up then means the crop is behind the eightball from day one.

Straight drilling makes subsequent operations like spraying & topdressing easier too. It is also important in these more modern systems where the following crop is seeded between the rows of last years crop.

You will often find that a farmer who takes pride in his farm & appearance also takes pride in the way he runs his business too :-D
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That's a great point TasCowboy. There is nothing wrong with having strait rows unless your doing tillage were you have to go at an angle. ;-)
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I will never say that if it is staright it is a good drilling job. There are many more facts that are more important. Especially if you use some type of combinated harrow/seeder like our Rapid. If we don't check the work of the croosboard regulary we can have pushing of soil, or to little work of the soil, so the seed will be placed either to deep or to ground. Every time you look back you risk to make a small turn that effect the straightness. But I agree it looks better and we are always trying to kep straight lines (if the field have any, it's quite common here that fields have curved forms - and that sorts out the skilled drill mens!)
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Yes, totally agree Lennart.

Alot goes into making a good seeding job, soil type can be a factor, as can previous crop, type of drill, sowing depth, etc, etc.

Straight rows are a nice finish IMHO :-)
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who sows between the rows??? only the important a$$/-/0les do that and still harvest less than those that get on with the job with a bit of tillage;-)
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Seems to be something that is catching on though Andy. Dont ask me if it works or not. I prefer crops sown on 6-7 inch row spacings :-)
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Intresting discussion here, I agree with both. I like the straight fields but u dont earn money on that. The same with ploughing. My father could spend hours every autumn to adjust his plough and make the fields look perfect. A month later it was covered with snow......

Nowadays ha/hr and how many hrs a year you spend on every ha is more important, farmers have to be more efficient now. But i really like to watch a field that is ploughed by someone that cares.

And bluepaint be proud to make that line without gps.

Well well back to business.....money talks..... ;-) have to make some positive curves now.....
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Stark1 wrote:
Intresting discussion here, I agree with both. I like the straight fields but u dont earn money on that. The same with ploughing. My father could spend hours every autumn to adjust his plough and make the fields look perfect. A month later it was covered with snow......

Nowadays ha/hr and how many hrs a year you spend on every ha is more important, farmers have to be more efficient now. But i really like to watch a field that is ploughed by someone that cares.

And bluepaint be proud to make that line without gps.

Well well back to business.....money talks..... ;-) have to make some positive curves now.....


Thats what it's all about "caring" being a contractor not driving straight is "unproffessional" and you get complaints ,I know i prefer to look down a nice straight row all summer and it's nice to show you just can...:-D
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Not everyone can BP,

I know it is something not everyone can do, here it is seen as part of a good drilling job. You dont want too many misses (or rabbit runs as we call them) where weeds can grow, so nice sraight even rows are the way to achieve this. Plus if it is a contractor doing the job, farmers arent real keen to pay for a second rate job.

As I say it is just part of the job driving straight, correct seed & fertilizer rates + sowing depth are also important factors.
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