-Mike Shaw, West Virginia
Response: No, we have done similar and we took them off. They will make mini round bales out of the rye if they get to wrapping!-Scott Myers, Woodlyn Acres Farm, Dalton, Ohio
Response: I appreciate all the discussion on this, as we were just strategizing yesterday about doing an experiment trialing different coulters in the rolled rye system. I'd take the row cleaners off. In addition to use of row cleaners, I’d love to hear what folks have had success (or failures) with regarding coulters as well.
-Erin Silva, Madison, Wis.
Response: I agree. I take the row cleaners off as they wrap and leave bar dirt over the rows. Regarding coulters and seed openers – I just finished switching out the seed openers on my planter for openers from Prescription Tillage. They have a serrated edge on them and are supposed to cut through residue better than a standard disk opener. I’ll let you know how it goes!
-Dan Miller, La Crosse, Wis.
Response: What are all of you using for closing wheels? Smooth or spiked or both?-Travis Klinkner, Romance, Wis.
Response: I was running Dawn Curvetines but found they wrapped too much, so I switched to smooth cast iron.-Dan Miller, La Crosse, Wis.
Response: I run Dawn GaugeRing closing wheels, WAM Farms gauge wheels, and Dawn GFX row cleaners.
-Jacob Bolson, Hubbard, Iowa
Response: Interesting discussion here--my experience running row cleaners (straight-tooth Yetter type) in standing rye has also not been pleasant (excessive wrapping). I imagine a swept-back tooth style row cleaner might avoid some of this--Jacob, could you elaborate?Also, I've thus far avoided using a no-till coulter (wavy or straight) in standing rye for fear of "hair-pinning" rye residue into the seed trench. For those of you that use coulters--is this fear at all warranted? Does it depend on how tall the rye is?I've also had good success using a spiked (Copperhead Ag) closing wheel in the standing rye scenario--it seems to close the trench more consistently than the smooth wheel setup.
-Wesley Rieth, Michigan
Response: If a coulter or row cleaner disturbs the soil very much, I'd say that's an invitation for weed emergence. I've had my neighbor use his no-till planter to plant my soybeans at anthesis with a coulter. He eventually removed the coulter because he felt that the coulter actually inhibited disk opener penetration. What you need is a nice warm rain after planting.-George Naylor, Iowa
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