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Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

I have a sub-irrigation drip system on my small farm. Tape is 14" deep and every 60 inches apart. With GPS, we plant the corn so it is 15 inches from water supply (tape). I need to plant again in the very same spot next spring, what works well to shred the stalks and even move the root ball that I know will give me fits. Looking back to this spring, I wish now that I would have offset the planter 2-3 inches off center, so next spring, I could offset it the other way a similar amount, planting directly next to the old residue. Have trash whippers, but know they can only do too much.

 

Any ideas/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

Did you form any type of ridge, or is it surface plant?
They make 'ridge runners' that the ridge tillers around here use, they chew up the old root ball, split it actually, and push it out both ways.  However, I think it was designed for ridge till, so I don't know how well it would work for surface plant.

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Frequent Contributor

Re: Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

Is this what you would consider a Ridge Runner?

 

http://www.beslerindustries.com/products/root-slicers.htm

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Re: Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

I only "flat plant" which I assume is our local lingo for surface planting.

 

Thank you for your input. May just disk a couple times and use the trash whippers.

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Re: Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

Maybe the dawn trash/coulter combination?

 

http://www.dawnequipment.com/Dawn_Products.html

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Equipment to plant directly on top of old corn stalks

It looks very similar to that, with a rolling chopper and harrow bar.

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