Five years ago Morris Territory Manager, Allan Haman, met Gary and Jon Voss at a farm show in Minot, North Dakota. The father and son team later purchased two Morris Contour drills for their farm near Groton, just east of Aberdeen, South Dakota. They successfully ran the Contours for three years, mainly with small grains.
Last year, the Voss operation switched from small grains to soybeans and corn. That decision to change crops also meant a change in the type of Morris drill they would use. After talking again with Haman, Gary and Jon knew the Morris RAZR would be the ideal machine for their operation. “When we switched over to half corn and half soybeans we had a lot of trouble with the trash,” says Jon Voss. “We were looking for something that would get through that trash and give us more consistent depth control.”
The Voss’ headed north to Duppong’s, the Morris dealer in Glen Ullin, North Dakota, where they traded in their two 60-foot Contour drills. Tom Duppong, the co-owner of the dealership, was happy to take the trade and the Contours were re-sold in a relatively short amount of time. “The Contours have been an excellent drill in our market,” says Duppong.
Cutting through the trash wasn’t the only benefit the RAZR offered. As Gary Voss says, “We liked the idea that you could run a little faster with the RAZR.” The RAZR’s walking beam design allows for increased penetration force on the disc blade at higher speeds. “The farmer will be able to maintain higher seeding speeds even in tough conditions,” says Morris Assistant Director of Research, Clint Sheppard.
“With the RAZR we ended up running about six-and-a-half miles-per-hour which was a lot faster than the four-miles-an-hour we had been running through the trash,” explains Jon. “As far as going through the trash, it’s been a night and day difference. We didn’t have any trouble at all even with a tremendous amount of residue on top.”
Gary also liked the way the RAZR performed in wet conditions. “You can run in a lot wetter ground with it. And you don’t have a problem with plugging.” Sheppard says spoked depth gauge wheels allow farmers to start seeding earlier in tough, wet conditions. “They virtually eliminate plugging of the gauge wheel against the disc blade due to mud build-up.”
Last season the technicians from Morris and Duppong’s visited the Voss farm to help them set up the two RAZRs. “They came out for a couple days and gave us quite a few pointers,” says Jon. “We had to make a little adjustment with our scraper from the initial set up. We increased the tension because of all the trash we were running in.”
The Voss’ were also able to increase their spacing. “We had seeded beans with other drills with anywhere from 7- to 12-inch spacing,” says the younger Voss. “We thought the 15-inch made more sense. We could also get more pressure on every disc by having less openers. We thought it would be better for the trash, too.”
This will be the second year the Voss’ will be seeding with their two 50-foot RAZRs. “From what we can see, you can pretty well run through anything trash-wise,” says Jon. “They should really work good this year,” says Gary. “We’re about ready to use it on soybeans.”
Haman echoes the Voss’ confidence in what makes the RAZR so effective. “It’s the efficiency of the opener, and the ability to cut through the residue.”