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AS NO-TILLERS, we’re challenged with configuring planters that can handle residue and properly place seed in the soil.
Setting up a planter essentially involves three things: handling residue; opening and closing the furrow while firming soil around the seed; and precisely placing seed at the right depth and spacing. At the same time, you want to minimize any risk of compaction or crusting.
The most common tips to consider include:
Every year someone comes out with new technology to improve planter performance and it may seem difficult to keep up.
While having a good planter is important, focus on what is required for good emergence. The desired end result is quick and even emergence resulting in an even, vigorous stand with the highest yield potential. If the stand isn’t right, you can never regain that lost yield potential.
You want the soil to be warm and dry enough for planting, and the sooner you reach this point in the spring, the sooner you can start planting.
For no-tillers, enough can’t be said about managing the residue on top of the soil and having a planter equipped to move the residue out of the way. Row cleaners come in a variety of…