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October 7

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This is the back of a grain drill. It is used to plant wheat seed. The wheat seed is placed in the bins of the drill and rubber tubes drop the seed down to the ground where the black wheels cover and pack the seed. The next picture may give you a better idea how it all works.

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As the tractor pulls the grain drill across the field, the drive wheel in front of the drill turns a chain on the drill’s side. As this chain turns, gears inside the drill push the wheat seeds out of the drill and into the rubber tube. The seeds fall into a groove that is cut by the disk openers, then the black packer wheel or roller covers the seed and packs it.

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Now you can see the drill moving away as it plants the wheat seed. Someone left the lids of the seed bins open after seed was dumped into the drill for planting. On the right you can see the a green metal arm making a mark in the soil. That’s the row marker. It gives the tractor driver a mark so he or she can line-up and drive straight.

The name of the wheat variety we planted is Jagger. Jagger is the most popular variety in Kansas.

 

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