1. Who can use tramlines?
Tramlines are for cereal crop and oilseed producers. Any cereal crop or oilseed producer who is committed to developing and improving their crop management program will benefit from tramlines.
2. How are tramlines made?
Tramlines are made with tramming units that mount on two seed tubes. As you go down the field, the tramming units divert seed to the next opener. As your crop matures the unseeded rows become tramlines.
3. Can I control the tramlines?
Yes. While you tram your field, the sequence is recorded on an in-cab monitor. A proximity switch tells the monitor when you’ve lifted the seeder, so it remembers where you left off. A warning light tells you if you are out of sync. You can manually override the automated process with the flip of a switch, and then tell it to continue where you left off, or to begin a new sequence.
4. How do I keep them straight?
There is only one prerequisite for tramlines: you must have an efficient marking system with your seeder. Accurate seeding is essential to making straight tramlines.
5. Will tramlines work with my current equipment?
Yes. The Tramline Kit, which consists of only a few specialized pieces-tramming units, controller, proximity switch, and wiring harnesses-can be mounted on any seeder.
However, it is important that your sprayer-boom-to-seeder-length ratio be either; 1 to 1, 1.5 to 1, 2 to 1, 2.5 to 1, 3 to 1, etc. If it is not, you may want to consider removing or adding length to your sprayer boom. Also, your boom length should be at least 40 feet to minimize the number of tramlines per field.
6. If I swath, will tramlines affect my field at harvest?
If you swath, you should be aware of your table length so you don’t lay swaths in a tramline. They may be more difficult to pick up at harvest.
7. Is weed growth in the tramline a problem?
No. It is overcome by doubling the plant population adjacent to the tramline, and/or installing a larger spray nozzle directly over the tramline.
8. What about wheel track erosion?
Depending on the width, you might experience some erosion if you farm in hilly terrain. If your tramlines are of normal width, erosion should not be a problem. Erosion in larger tramlines can be cured by making “hash marks”.
9. Are field obstacles a problem?
No. You simply tram a course around them.
10. What else do I need to know?
To use tramlines, all you need to know are the wheel width, tire spacing and boom length of your sprayer, and the width and row spacing of your seeder. Other than that, all you need is a commitment to producing better crops.