Plugmix Seeding And Equipment

AMOUNT OF SEED (OUNCES) FOR

AMOUNT OF SEED (OUNCES) FOR

CROP

NO. OF SEEDS AVERAGE AVERAGE AVERAGE PER OUNCE1 4 SEEDS/HILL 6 SEEDS/HILL 8 SEEDS/HILL

BROCCOLI

CABBAGE

CAULIFLOWER

9,000 8,500 10,000

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APPROXIMATE

AMOUNT OF SEED (OUNCES) FOR 4-CUBIC-FOOT BAG MÏX

APPROXIMATE

CROP

NO. OF SEEDS PER OUNCE1

AVERAGE 4 SEEDS/HILL

AVERAGE 6 SEEDS/HILL

AVERAGE 8 SEEDS/HILL

CUCUMBER

1,000

7.2

10.8

14.4

EGGPLANT

6.000

1.2

1.8

2.4

LETTUCE

25,000

0.3

0.4

0.6

OKRA

500

14.4

21.6

28.8

PEPPER

4,500

1.6

2.4

3.2

TOMATO

11,000

0.7

1.0

1.4

'James Edward Knott. Handbook for Vegetable Growers, rev. ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.,

1962.

'James Edward Knott. Handbook for Vegetable Growers, rev. ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.,

1962.

A simple and inexpensive hand-operated applicator was constructed for use in early research trials:

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The pluggers were used by some growers with positive results, but high labor costs encouraged the development of an automatic planter.

Mechanical Plug-Mix Planters Number 900M and d umber 900

The tractor-mounted automatic planter meters up to i/2 cup of loose mix into revolving cups which deliver the mix to (he planter pocket». The pockets pierce the soil and deposit the mix at fixed intervals. Presswheels can be mounted behind planter pockets to firm the soil from each side on unmulched beds. The unit works well without presswheels on mulch-covered beds, the pockets punching holes through the mulch as they deposit the mix. The toolbar-mounted planter has operated efficiently at a forward speed of I mph and is designed to plant at down-row spacings of 10, 12, 20, 30, 51, or 60 inches.

Mechanical Transplanter Co. S. Central at U.S. 31 Holland, MI 49423

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