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Clean Sweep

Row Cleaners are a great planter attachment for handling excessive residue during planting. They remove the plant debris and create a uniform seedbed; However, too light of setting leaves residue in the row competing for moisture and nutrients. Too heavy of setting tills and moves soil creating trenches and potentially alter planting depth.

Properly set row cleaners and floating row cleaners are ways growers could look to reduce these negative impacts, but conditions can vary greatly from field to field, day to day, even row to row. And, making these adjustments are time consuming. Thus, most growers set for the average and hope for good performance.

NOW, with CleanSweep™, you no longer have to hope, but you can manage your row cleaner performance, from the cab, on the go.

CleanSweep is a dual air cylinder that lets you set and adjust your row cleaner’s down pressure from the cab.

  1. Have heavy residue? Add more pressure to sweep away the debris.
  2. Have light residue or soft ground? Lighten the pressure and keep the row cleaner floating across the top.

cleansweep controller

The cylinders have a control box mounted in the cab. You set the pounds of pressure from your cab based on the condition you are in. Plus, the pressurized cylinder gives the row cleaner the ability to adjust or ‘float’ across the small changes you encounter such as terrain or varying amounts of debris.

Residue Management has become a necessary part of today’s operation to maximize profitability. Tougher stalks and more corn on corn acres mean that we all have a heavy load of residue that must be controlled.

Residue affects many aspects of your operation.

  • Soil moisture and temperature – The amount of residue can affect the moisture and how quickly your soil temperature warms up in the spring. The capture and maintaining of moisture can be a positive, but also create challenges when preparing to plant.
  • Disease and Fungi presence – Plant debris can harbor fungi and diseases that can harm young seedlings. This is why row cleaners must remove residue from the seed row.


Lasting effect. This is a picture of corn planted in bean stubble in a corn/soybean rotation. See the corn stalks from season prior still present.

Residue Management is important in all applications.

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Improper seedbed preparation is costly.

Row cleaners running at the proper setting with the ability to flex help create the perfect seedbed environment.

Floating vs Fixed

The yield impact of row cleaners running properly is significant. A three year study showed significant yield increase for running your row cleaners in a floating or “flexible” position over a fixed setting. This study was conducted by Ken Ferrie and Farm Journal magazine.


The proper seedbed preparation creates an environment with even depth, good seed to soil contact, and the right soil density around the seed. Farmers know where the row cleaners need to be set to do this. The challenge is getting the right setting and maintaining it consistently.

Emerging Plant with Residue

Residue in the seed trench competes with the seedling for moisture and harbors disease and fungi that can set back seedlings like this one. A plant like this is already one stage behind and will likely grow at a rate that is two stages behind its neighboring plants. Each plant like this per 1/1,000th of an acre reduces your yield by 5 bushels.

CleanSweep puts precise control of your row cleaner at your finger tips, in the cab, on the go.

CleanSweep connects a cylinder on your row cleaner to an air source that is run from a cab mounted control box. You can purchase a compressor and tank or plumb into an existing tank and compressor if your existing compressor has enough capacity for the extra load.

Need more aggressive cleaning?

pic-CleanSweep-207-treader-wheelsThese new, larger 3 1/2” treader wheels allow you to increase pressure on your row cleaner while keeping the row cleaner atop the terrain, a handy way to move through heavy residue while reducing the amount of soil you move.