Ryan Farm Machinery’s coil wheel system saves croppers delays in wet fields
Boort broadacre farmer Tyler Nelson was frustrated by mud sticking to his gauge wheels during seeding, but Ryan Farm Machinery’s coil wheel system allowed him to finish sowing in wet conditions.
Ryan Farming Machinery’s CWS2000 spring coil press wheel stops mud accumulating on the gauge wheel and allows seeding to be done in wet soil. Pictures: Chloe Smith
BOORT broadacre farmer Tyler Nelson was frustrated by mud sticking to his gauge wheels during seeding, causing delays while waiting for the moisture in the soil to dry and seeds to be poorly sown.
After a wet start to the season the wheels on his John Deere 1890 disc seeder would gradually pack with mud, lifting the row units up and not planting seeds at the correct depth, and eventually just pull his row unit through the mud, making a mess.
“It would bulldoze — you just couldn’t sow,” Mr Nelson said.
After researching and speaking to other farmers about Ryan Farming Machinery’s coil wheel system, he put 64 RFM CWS2000 spring coil gauge wheels on his bar at 7.5 inch (19cm) spacings to sow wheat between canola stubble on his property, where he crops 971ha.
He said before fitting the wheels, he was unable to begin seeding until 10am when dew in the paddocks had dried and would have to stop early as it settled again.