The Sharp Edge: Planting big acres and mitigating compaction with Cliff Horst

Cliff Horst

How do you cover acres quickly during planting season with big equipment without causing compaction and compromising yield?

Cliff Horst and his brother, Dale, make it happen with a 24-row Harvest International planter and a Fendt 1038 tractor. The brothers farm in Perth County, Ont., and also operate Country Custom Ag, providing custom services to farmers across Perth and neighbouring counties.

On this episode of The Sharp Edge, Cliff Horst tells Maizex agronomist Adam Parker how a combination of tire selection and inflation pressures, planter set-up and innovation work to distribute weight across the frame and mitigate compaction.

Horst shares insights on how 40 tonnes of machinery and crops inputs can move efficiently across fields and farms to meet the busy demands of planting season. He also discusses how the planter tires and row units are configured to avoid pinch rows in the centre of the planter while eliminating yield-robbing compaction and optimizing planter fills and planting productivity.

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