Eliminate Sidewall Compaction and Increase Seed to Soil Contact
If you use no-till or other alternative till planting methods, you know how difficult it is to properly close seed furrows.
Sidewall compaction left from double disc openers on planters makes it hard for standard closing wheels to close the seed V properly in all soil types and conditions.
Especially in wet heavy textured soils, standard press wheels tend to smear the soil over the seeds and do not break up the sidewall compaction left by the double disc openers. Then when a hot windy day comes after planting in wet soil conditions, the seed V will often crack back open, exposing the seeds.
If the seed V does stay shut after planting with standard closing wheels, many times the sidewalls of the seed V stay compacted, not letting the roots of the plants penetrate the sidewalls. If they cannot penetrate the sidewall, the roots will not build a good brace root system, and the plants will tend to fall over later in the season.
Schaffert Mfg.'s closing wheels address these problems, and more. We offer a variety of closing wheels that work in all soil types.
Our Closing Wheels
Mohawk Wheels compact the soil better than straight-fingered wheels. It feathers the soil in the furrow with its wide track design, and is made to work in tough soils.
Mohawk spikes are made of heavy duty cast steel for longer wear, and they penetrate 1″ deep to not disturb the seed.
The Mohawk Wheel is easy to install, using existing wheels and bearings and replacing the original tire with a Mohawk ring, saving you !
Zipper Wheels share many features with the Mohawk. They are designed to break up compaction without being too aggressive, and work in no-till or conventional soil.
The spike's tubular design allows it to release mud and eliminate plugging. The spike's angle design does not flip or throw soil out—it allows for accurate release.
As the Zipper closes it creates indentations which allow moisture to sink in.
The Chicken Tracker takes the place of the original press wheel on drills and Case IH planters.
Unlike this original solid press wheel which can smear soil, the Chicken Tracker mulches and mellows soil over the seed bed.
Pressure is applied at three points over the tread on the chicken tracks at all time, firming soil around the seed. This provides good seed to soil contact, leading to more even emergence and higher yields.
Furrow V Closer
The Furrow V Closer closes the seed trench ahead of the press wheels in heavy, wet soils.
The FVC does not run in the seed trench, but rather to the side of the seed V opening, making it easier to place starter fertilizer and/or chemicals in the furrow with the seed. Its poly discs are resistant to herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, and mud build-up.
We have models available for most planters.