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Assessing Your Seed Meters

July 16, 2020

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By Tim Mundorf and Chris Winkelbauer

In our last couple of Agronomy Focus articles we have talked about assessing your stand and how you can check the spacing of your plants and the depth they were planted. This week, we worked with Chris Winkelbauer to discuss the seed meter and how we can go about assessing the function of the meter and what some typical issues might be with the seed meter. A typical seed meter contains several parts we would consider “wear items,” including the seed plates, the singulator, extractor, and brushes. Wear can cause poor performance resulting in inconsistent seed drop and plant placement.
This summer CVA’s ACS equipment team is running a summer special with meter testing labor at half the normal cost to encourage growers to get their seed meters in before our technicians get buys in the winter and spring. The meter stand will assess our singulation and help us understand if that meter is running up to its potential. If the meter cannot perform up to par in the stand, it will definitely give poor performance in the field where the running conditions are much harsher. If you want to get the most out of your planter and especially if you are seeing issues in the field and know that this will be your planter for next season, let's take a look at those meters and see how they perform in the shop.
Get out in your fields after pollination and take a look at the number of barren plants you may have or plants with smaller ears. Those plants can often be explained by either uneven spacing or uneven emergence. Much of the time, these issues will point back to the planter. 

Learn more about the ACS Summer Specials, including Meter Testing here.

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