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Poor farmer
Posted 5/14/2022 15:26 (#9660282 - in reply to #9660060)
Subject: RE: Drilled vs planted beans


Martinton,il
In 2011, I drilled my beans with a 15 foot John Deere 750 drill and also had a john Deere 12 row planter. Just for fun I planted a few acres in strips with my planter in the bean field. All year long I was sure my drilled beans would out yield the row beans by a lot. After we did harvest the drilled beans out yielded the row beans by such a small amount that it wouldn't have paid for the additional seed used by the drill. I ended up trading in both for a Kinze 12 row with interplants and still have that planter today. I now need to plant beans with the 30 inch spacing to see how they would yield. The difference in acres done by a 30 planter versus a 15 foot drill were huge. I have also cut back to about 125,000 population without any drop in bean yield.


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