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These two attachments may help you boost emergence under tough no-till conditions.

If you’re looking for new ways to improve no-till seeding performance, check out the new Thompson closing wheel from Exapta Solutions. The company’s officials indicate this closing wheel offers superb furrow closing, ultra-low mud adhesion and unmatched durability when no-tilling.

Featuring a thin-edge profile and carefully crafted spoke geometry, the unit creates a unique slicing and crumbling action during furrow closing that results in less breakdown of the seed trench sidewall. Its high-carbon, heat-treated tapered spokes feature a narrow profile that creates the optimum balance of aggressive sidewall breakage while limiting the working depth.

The Thompson wheel features rugged all-steel conditions, massive bearings with a triple-lip seal and an extended bearing shroud for even longer bearing life. In fact, the bearings are guaranteed for 3 years.

“The Thompson wheels are a little more aggressive, but we had no disturbance of seed placement even in sandy soils,” says Ron Jacques, a previous National No-Tillage Conference speaker from Hutchinson, Kan. “The Thompson wheels certainly don’t pick up mud like the May-Wes wheels did with our White 6000 no-till planter.”

Chad Wall didn’t realize that the seed furrow could be closed so well with his John Deere 1860 no-till drill until he installed the Hagny closing system, Thompson wheels and SDX firming wheels. “It made a night and day difference on cotton emergence, as we had been disappointed with this drill’s performance,” says the Plains, Texas, grower.


These easily installed Thompson wheels are available to fit most no-till planters and gauge-wheel drills. The…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has served as editor of No-Till Farmer since the publication was launched in November of 1972. Raised on a six-generation Michigan Centennial Farm, he has spent his entire career in agricultural journalism. Lessiter is a dairy science graduate from Michigan State University.

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