Optimal seed pool slopes, Meter re-fill, Optimal seed pool slopes meter re-fill – Great Plains YP825A3P Operator Manual User Manual

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Optimal Seed Pool Slopes
The optimal seed slope is one that results in the most
consistent seeding, with minimal skips and doubles. The
column at right has photographs of pool slopes found to
be optimal for representative seeds.

If the suggested initial shutter settings do not seem to be
working for your seed, adjust the shutter to achieve
specific reserve slope targets.

Refer to Figure 61

For medium size and smaller seeds that flow easily, the
slope runs from just above the 8:00 (o’clock) position on
the housing wall, forward and down to one or two seeds
deep at the base of the rear strip brush


Refer to Figure 62 and Figure 63

For medium size and larger, or heavily treated smaller
seeds that flow less easily, the slope runs from at or
slightly above the 8:30 (o’clock) position on the housing
wall, forward and down to 3-to-6 seeds deep at the base
of the rear strip brush


In general, the seeds at the base of the strip brush need
to be deep enough that no air escapes there, and so that
just enough seeds are present to begin populating cells.

Keep the top left/rear end of the pool below the
9:00 o’clock position (meter horizontal center-line).

Meter Re-Fill
Once planting is underway with the seed pools set, it is
infrequently possible for bridging at or above the inlet to
starve the meter of seed.

An empty meter causes seed monitor “Row Failure”
alarm, with a report of the row number. Row numbers are
counted from the left wing (outside row is row 1).

Stop, and put the tractor in Park. Leave the fan running.
Locate the failed row, remove the rain cover, and verify
that the meter is empty. Note the shutter setting.
Temporarily open the shutter one of two notches wider. if
the problem was inlet bridging, seed should flow into the
meter immediately.

If inlet bridging is not the problem, little or no seed flows
into the meter with the shutter open wider. In this case,
the problem is further up in the seed flow, and may be
bridging where the seed hose joins the meter inlet (also
check the slide gate). Close the shutter completely for
about 15 seconds. This prevents meter pressurization air
from opposing seed delivery. Gently tap on the seed
inlet. Re-open the shutter and see if seed now fills the

If no obvious foreign object was the cause of the
bridging, the shutter setting may have been too small for
the seed. Verify that this and other operating rows were
at the correct initial shutter setting. If so, re-set the
shutters to the next higher opening.

Figure 61

Milo: Seed Inlet Shutter at: 1





Figure 62

Soybeans: Seed Inlet Shutter at: 2





Foreign Object Risk:
After clearing a bridge, or a delivery blockage upstream, check
the seed pool at the meter for any debris that might have been
the original cause. Remove such debris from the meter before
planting. Don’t run the risk of an object lodging in a seed
pocket and causing on-going skips.

Figure 63

Corn: Seed Inlet Shutter at: 3




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