With planting season not as far away as it might seem, editors at No-Till Farmer recently talked with Nebraska Extension ag engineer Paul Jasa about a range of topics related to no-tilling corn.
From ensuring proper seeding depth and spacing, to choosing the right planter and seeder attachments, to the location of the new rows, Jasa explained what steps no-tillers may want to consider to achieve better and more consistent. Here are the highlights of this discussion.
When it comes to air seeders, planters or drills, we’re going to meter the seed. Then there are four crucial steps for no-till. First is cutting or handling the residue. The second is going to be penetrating the soil to the desired seeding depth. The third is establishing seed-to-soil contact, and fourth is closing the seed trench.
Steps 5, 6, 7 and 8 might be fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide and fungicide, but if I fail at those first four, I’m not…