Kris and Paul Schaffert explained how the stock closing wheels on my John Deere planter can lift the row unit out of the ground in rough conditions created by pivots, wash outs, or even root balls that don’t get cleaned out by the furrow openers. I tried their 4 Link Closers, and was amazed at how smooth the planter ran through the field.
Another thing that was impressive was how consistent the seed to soil contact was. Whether the soil was clay, silt, wet, or dry, the closer tucked the seed in the soil like a freshly tilled garden.
We even had some rain following some wet planting conditions, but the crust was so minimal that it had no effect on the seed emergence.