Woods seeder / planterContributors to this thread:
Habitat for Wildlife 26-Nov-17
Mad Trapper 14-Dec-17
Mark Watkins 03-Apr-19
Seriously considering purchasing the FPS implement but would like to talk to someone who has used one for a while. If you would not mind sharing your insights for 15 minutes send me a PM with your number and I can give you a call..... or I can PM my number.
I am also considering. It would be nice to have someone post on the thread not just a PM. I thought I did see a video with Pat doing a review. It is tough planting the proper amount of seed per acre with a broadcast spreader like I have been the last 10-years. I think I am overseeding.
From: Habitat for Wildlife
No experience with a Woods seeder but Tri-Star Seed has a chart that shows rates for properly fertilized and correct pH soil for both drilled and broadcast. My habitat thread shows results for broadcasting using their rates. Hope that helps. I cannot afford a drill but if I win the lottery (which I never play) this would be one of my first purchases. GL!
Me and you both Frank, lottery included !
How much of a time saver is it? Allow you to do it all with one pass? How many small seed boxes do you have and if 2 are you using both? Are you using the large seed and small seed boxes in the same pass and if so, is that working well? Not a tractor expert.... can you enlighten me on the quick hitch vs. cat 1 hitch vs. the floating hitch. Lastly....are you an independent opinion or did you get a discount on the equipment?
Perfect.... thanks Pat. Are you getting good downward pressure/depth with the disc? Each field situation will be different but generally are you having to disc multiple times?
Thanks Pat.... I'm convinced. Working with my woods dealer
How does the woods seeder Work in the woods. In less than perfect soil conditions.
From: Mad Trapper
I am done with the seed mixes. You can't get an even dispersal when you broadcast a mix with a hand spreader. Pat most of my ground is rocky. We till disk and harrow everything and then broadcast everything, except for corn which we plant with planter. I am trying to decide between a drill and one of these seeders for my beans, clover and brassicas.
Please let us know what you decide. I an Very curious to hear how it works on your soil. It sounds very similar to mine.
Pat, When you run it over the clover are you angling the disc at all or going with straight alignment? I’m guessing adding some wheat in the large seed box during this process would work well also. Mike
I've got a 72" Woods too. Thing works awesome. Pat's right, it does put your seed down with hardly any waste at all. This past year I've planted over 15 acres with it and the results were great. The nice part about one of these, you get a perfect even planting, rather than a spotty planting if you were to broadcast. I did a few acres of beans this year with it (without the row attachment) and they came up fine. I'm sure they would also grow better if they were row planted, but everything came up fine and the deer certainly didn't mind!! I also planted all GRO blends this year with it without any issue. Everything came up great. The 72 is pretty heavy for sure. I use a 43hp tractor without a bucket and it handles it okay, but going up hills I sometimes have the front tires lift up. The JD pictured is a 37hp and with the bucket to offset the rear weight, you wouldn't know the seeder was back there.
As a follow up I purchased the 60” model and my tractor seems to be handling without problem. I appreciate everyone’s comment. Dry helpful when making an investment like this. Hopefully I can follow up with pics of some great looking plots Mike
Enjoy it, Mike!
As a follow up. After owning a year I am happy with my investment. It is a big time saver and does a great job. I planted soybeans, wheat, oats and clover. I followed Pat’s advice and planted wheat in all my clover plots and that turned out very well. The only negative was that I never really got the cultipacker applying good pressure. I will probably will go over any small seed plantings with a cultipacker this year. Not really a negative but I removed the seed tubes as the just seemed to be in the way. Seed drops straight out of the box and works just fine.
From: Mark Watkins
Awesome thread with a lot of great info....thanks guys!
Keep the info and pics coming!