Wed May 01, 2013 7:35 am
I have an original galvanized IH hopper with the numbered flow adjuster lever. When planting what strength fertilize should I use and what setting should I set the hopper on? I just didn't want to put to much on and figured I'd ask you guys. Maybe 10-10-10?
Wed May 01, 2013 8:11 am
10-10-10 is the standard garden fertilizer. How much depends on what you are growing, your soil fertilitiy, etc. Once you decide on a rate what you need to do is calibrate the fertilizer attachment. Your cooperative extension service should have materials online to tell you how. Depending on the feed wheel it will really dump some fertilizer! When I had a fertilizer attachment for my Cub I let one of my classes do a calibration lab with it and with the star-shaped feed wheel it would put out way over 400 lbs/acre and the hopper was not "wide open."
Wed May 01, 2013 12:46 pm
Sounds complicated. I was reading in the manuals and it was super complicated about rods and rows. I'm just wanting it low enough to not burn up the plants, I'll study the manuals a little closer I guess, the manuals show the gear ratio's but it's figuring pounds per acre which I'm not really wondering as I'll probably only use 50 lbs for the whole garden.
Wed May 01, 2013 1:06 pm
Yes, you do need to be concerned about pounds per acre, even though you are planting a garden. Pounds per acre is simply a measurement of pounds per unit area. You need to measure your garden to determine the square feet in the garden.
Consider Al's example of 400 lbs./acre. If your garden is 40 by 50, that is 2000 sq. ft. and you put on your 50 lb. bag of fertilizer you would be applying 1089 lbs./acre. Way more fertilizer than needed.
Start first with the size of your garden in square feet.
Determine the nutrient requirements of the crops you're going to plant.
Fertilize the crops according to their needs.
Yes, I'm totally ignoring a soil analysis.
Wed May 01, 2013 6:19 pm
Remember, fertilizer does not help a seed to germinate.
I prefer to work a small amount of fertilizer in to the whole field for germination, then side-dress.
Wed May 01, 2013 6:27 pm
Brandon Webb wrote:Sounds complicated. I was reading in the manuals and it was super complicated about rods and rows. I'm just wanting it low enough to not burn up the plants, I'll study the manuals a little closer I guess, the manuals show the gear ratio's but it's figuring pounds per acre which I'm not really wondering as I'll probably only use 50 lbs for the whole garden.
Most of the time gardens are fertilized per 1000 sq. ft. instead of per acre to make the numbers less unwieldly.
What are you planning on planting?
Wed May 01, 2013 8:14 pm
which star wheel do you have they make 3 different ones light medium and heavy. medium and heavy have 7 teeth I think and the light has 12 or 14 I think. the heavy is thicker and the medium is thinner. it also depends on the teeth on the drive gear and the driven gear.
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