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Hi do seed flaps help with drilling beans? Last year my gd was a disaster with beans flicking on to the surface on some ground. Many thanks
I found speed reduction is important, and if there's any soil build up from being too moist on the inside of the discs that will flick seed up and out of the slot.
You also need to be careful with the size of the bean seed, too big and they won't go down the Coulter tube. I simply discard the very biggest seeds on the gravity table same as I discard the smallest.
 

kiwi

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Cross slot/Novag, John Deere disc drill all have some type of seed firmer or scraper to stop seed flick. A reasonable speed to get the job done is important for a drill today. Our Dale seedhawk we limit to about 8 kmh but wouldn’t want to go any slower as weather and conditions keep the pressure on most planting seasons.
Surely they can come up with a better solution to stop seed flick. I have tried the rubber flap but only helps to a minor degree.
 

kiwi

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I might sound harsh on Weavings but not the intention. To sell a drill that cannot be easily adapted to reasonable conditions and place seed reasonably perfectly is poor in my view.
They have had a lot of time to develop a better scraper /seed firmer but still nothing.
 
I might sound harsh on Weavings but not the intention. To sell a drill that cannot be easily adapted to reasonable conditions and place seed reasonably perfectly is poor in my view.
They have had a lot of time to develop a better scraper /seed firmer but still nothing.
the usual problem is drilling when it is no dry enough
wait 2 days and it works perfectly
the window can be very short or non existant if it rains evert 3 days
soil texture makes a big difference

most of all patience is the most important skill

in the spring waiting is critical 2 weeks later often produces better results
in the autumn the opposite 2 weeks earlier
having a drill that goes in wetter conditions is self defeating
 

kiwi

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the usual problem is drilling when it is no dry enough
wait 2 days and it works perfectly
the window can be very short or non existant if it rains evert 3 days
soil texture makes a big difference

most of all patience is the most important skill

in the spring waiting is critical 2 weeks later often produces better results
in the autumn the opposite 2 weeks earlier
having a drill that goes in wetter conditions is self defeating
When the Massey University scientists developed the cross slot they had as part of their trial drilling in slightly damp conditions as that is part of reality when no till drilling.
leaving residue or cover crop residue on the surface it is very seldom in my experience that you get perfect soil conditions and usually there is some stickiness to the soil but not saturated. Very difficult in our soil to not get any soil sticking to the disc of a weaving gd. And then planting the seed at varying depths. While the drill is reasonably well designed this seed flicking and poor placement is a major flaw in my view.
 

jack6480

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Location
Staffs
When the Massey University scientists developed the cross slot they had as part of their trial drilling in slightly damp conditions as that is part of reality when no till drilling.
leaving residue or cover crop residue on the surface it is very seldom in my experience that you get perfect soil conditions and usually there is some stickiness to the soil but not saturated. Very difficult in our soil to not get any soil sticking to the disc of a weaving gd. And then planting the seed at varying depths. While the drill is reasonably well designed this seed flicking and poor placement is a major flaw in my view.

I know what you mean but generallly it is a very good machine. A closing wheel would improve it massively though
 
We have had a 6m Weaving GD for a while now and the only issues we've had are stones jamming the disc's especially when set deep. I have never thought it needed an extra closing wheel. We have never had a crop failure attributed to the drill, we had a JD 750 in around 2000 for about 4 years and we did have major problems with that, after that we used a Horsch Sprinter. The slugs are a problem as they go down into the slots, but if you are direct drilling I suspect that will be the same with all drills??
 

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