Since its introduction, the Twister Closing Wheel has received positive feedback. In Beck’s Practical Farm Research studies, the Twister increased yields by an average of 6.4 bushels per acre.*
Beck’s PFR provides unbiased, farmer-focused research through studies conducted across the Midwest. A Beck's PFR Proven product or practice provides a positive yield increase during three or more years of testing. Products must average a positive return on investment during that time. The studies compared the Twister Closing Wheel with other closing wheels on the market.
*Please remember yield results vary based on many factors each year. Always consider your unique operation when deciding what equipment to invest in. Data found here is only a starting point.
If you’re rolling the dice with factory rubber closing wheels, or leaving it up to the weather Mother Nature sends your way, you’re missing an opportunity to maximize yield.
Sidewall compaction can be a challenge during planting. Factory rubber closing wheels are designed to firm up loose soil—they do nothing to fracture sidewall compaction.
To close the seed trench and improve emergence, set your planter up with Twister Closing Wheels. The Twister is a cost-effective, high-performing replacement closing wheel that provides ROI. We suggest using Twister Closing Wheels as a pair in each row (left and right).
As a general starting point, we recommend spacing your Twister Closing Wheels at 1-1/4". Then evaluate your field conditions, soil type, and tillage practices—you may want to adjust the spacing to ensure you are properly breaking through the sidewall and creating optimal seed-to-soil contact.
Here’s how to check whether you need a better closing wheel:
With the Twister Closing Wheel, the seed trench is closed, giving you assurance that the investment you made in seed, chemical, fertilizer, and equipment will produce the yields you have planned for.
Crumbles and firms soil simultaneously: Twisted spikes enhance seed-to-soil contact and help create the ideal seed environment, leading to even emergence and higher yields. The rounded center ring—sized 12" to match the size of rubber closing wheels—maintains consistent depth. As a general starting point, we recommend spacing your Twister Closing Wheels at 1-1/4".
Works in diverse field conditions, cover crops, and tillage practices: Optimize performance for minimum-till, conventional, strip-till, vertical tillage, or no-till by adjusting down pressure on the tail wheel closing arm.
Fractures the sidewall: In wet, unfavorable planting conditions, the Twister fractures the sidewall. This reduces the potential for crusting and the seed trench drying out and cracking open.
Prevents mud buildup: A smooth surface and a rounded center design help prevent problematic mud buildup, which can interfere with seed trench closure.
Cost-effective and easy to install: The Twister Poly Closing Wheel is built for durability with ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) plastic. It takes as little as five minutes per row unit to install. Independent studies by Beck’s Practical Farm Research have shown the Twister provides a positive return on investment.
Steve Pitstick, IL