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Planter Assessment

July 31, 2020

7.30.20 | Planter Assessment from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo.

By Tim Mundorf & Chris Winkelbauer

In this week’s Agronomy Focus Video, we continue our discussion about what we can do to keep our plants appropriately spaced in the row. Last time we talked about the seed meter and its ability to singulate the seed. This week we talk about other issues. The first thing a grower should think about before deciding to trade in his planter, or add costly upgrades, is just good basic maintenance and typical wear parts.
 
Are all of the bearings and bushings tight and well lubricated?
Are the disk openers worn and no longer the right size?
Are the seed tubes worn and catching seeds?
Are the depth wheels running tight against the disks?
Are the row cleaners properly adjusted and even?
 
Once we are sure the planter does not have normal wear items hindering performance, we can look at upgrades to improve performance. One thing on the want list for many growers is hydraulic downforce to adjust to changing soil conditions and types on the fly to maximize even seed placement and minimize undue compaction of the seed trench. Another is in-cab adjustable row cleaner units to limit tillage by the row cleaner while keeping the row area clean for even seed depth and limiting planter bounce. Another popular item is seed firmers. Seed firmers do a good job making sure the seed makes it to the bottom of the furrow where it should be and stays there. The new “smart” firmers are able to read soil moisture, trash making it into the furrow, apply liquid fertilizer, and make sure the firmer is staying in the furrow. Organic matter, uniform furrow, clean furrow, temperature, and CEC.
 
See your local Field Sales Agronomist or one of the ACS Equipment Team members to get more information about improvements we can make to your planter to improve your stand next year. Don’t forget to get out in the field over the next few weeks to check on the consistent spacing of your corn plants. You can easily see the relationship between an uneven stand and smaller ears or even barren plants.    

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