Poll: Food Plot Implement Value

Discussion in 'Food Plots & Habitat Improvement' started by MnMoose, Jan 25, 2017.

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What would you be willing to spend on a Food Plot implement

  1. Less than $500

    44.4%
  2. $500-$1000

    22.2%
  3. $1000-$1500

    22.2%
  4. More than $1500

    11.1%
  1. MnMoose

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    Here is the question; If you were in the market for a planting implement for food plot use, how much would you be willing to spend on a brand new implement with the following features:

    Plant corn, soybeans, or any other row crop food plot with adjustable number of rows, row width, and population and pack with a cultipacker.

    Seed small grains with adjustable population and firm seed bed with a cultipacker.

    Seed small seed (brassicas) with adjustable population with option for pre- and post-seeding cultipackers (Pack, seed, pack).

    Option to seed two different mixes at a time (clover w/ a small grain cover for example) or fertilize and seed in one pass.

    Pulled by ATV.

    Electric start and stop seed control.

    Optional Electric lift and lower, otherwise manual.

    Runs off 12V from ATV port.


    Also, if you were to buy such an implement, what other features would you like to see it have?
     
  2. Rick James

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    I really couldn't care about anything other than being able to drill appropriate depth for corn and soybeans. I'd rather save the $$$ but do just that for a really good value.
     
  3. MnMoose

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    Yes. But a cultipacker or disc is unnecessary. There would be a huge market IMHO for an implement that would let ATV owners plant corn and beans especially if you can keep it in the $500-700 range. Most that would buy it already have a decent disc and for tha 1/2 acre or so size plots we do you can pack by just running lots of laps with the ATV after drilling.
     
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    At this point, I would be mostly interested in an implement that allowed me to drill. That eliminates the need for the majority of the work/implement requirements.

    Then again, I would guess the average whitetail food plotter is running an ATV and discing, then packing (whether with a cultipacker, or like Matt, with their tires).
     
  7. greatwhitehunter3

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    I think options 1-3 are void in this conversation because I'm not sure you're going to find anything, with all those features, for less than $1,500.
     
  8. MnMoose

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    I am thinking int the 48"-60" range
     
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    I wasn't planning on incorporating a disc, I had the same thoughts that most food plotters have their own field work equipment but I see most people walking around with earthway broadcasters.

    I would have the cultipacker already on the implement for small seed packing, which is why I would use it for the corn and beans instead of packer wheels.
     
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    I believe I could build it for about 1500 paying retail for all materials and not including labor. Maybe a whisker less than that..
    But what I wanted to know was what people are willing to pay for that even if it has all the options. If people only want to pay 500 or 1000 then I can't make something and try to sell it for 1500...
     
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    Pretty impressive if you can build something like that for $1500.


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  12. MnMoose

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    That doesn't mean I would be able to sell it for $1500, I think thats what the materials would cost. When I have time and some cash to burn I would like to build one for my own use, then see how it goes.
     
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    Here's a great option for you.

    You build it and then let me try it out for you and I'll let you know how it works and what changes you should incorporate in the next model. Should only take me a couple of years to give you the feedback!!!!! :biggrin:
     
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    Still, row units alone are $300-$1000 depending on options.

    Guess it depends if you're building from scratch with new parts or buying old parts and throwing it all together on a tool bar.
     
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    Who said I was going to use row units or a draw bar? :)

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    Well whenever you get this mystery machine made, feel free to come a couple hours south and test it out! I'm intrigued.

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    I would make the wiring long enough to hook up to small tractors also. It also would need to be sturdy. I know in my area it is $100 a rental and you have to have a tractor.

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    That would be interesting keeping cost low I thing they want $4000 for plot master at the implement store and it doesn't have all the bells and whistle you are talking of
     
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    If I build it, I need enough of a cable to make it up to the cab on a ranger, that should be enough for any tractor under 100 HP, but extra cable is always a good thing:)
     

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