5 Quick Planting Tips

Planting season is right around the corner. Here are 5 quick tips to make sure you are ready:

1. Seed Bed Preparation

• Avoid planting in wet soils. Soil is ready if it crumbles when squeezed rather than sticking together in a clump.

• Check soil temperatures between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM at 5-6 inches in depth, and plant when 50°F or warmer.

2. Seeding Depth

• Optimal corn depth is 2”. It is recommended to not plant less than 1½” deep or more than 2½” deep.

• Optimal soybean planting depth is 1¾’’. It’s better to plant too deep than it is to plant too shallow. Deeper soil depths will have more consistent temperature and moisture.

• Optimal alfalfa planting depth is a quarter-inch in a very firm seedbed.

3. Planter Speed

• High speeds result in uneven spacing and shallow depth.

• Slow down to 4 MPH for the most consistent results.

4. Planter Maintenance

• Take advantage of your pre-planting down time.

• Check and replace all worn parts and review your equipment manuals.

5. Planter Checklist

▢ Level the Planter

▢ Check Bushings and Parallel Linkage

▢ Drive System

▢ Calibrate Corn Meters

▢ Double Disk Openers

▢ Seed Tubes

▢ Closing Wheel System

▢ Closing Wheel Alignment

▢ Row Cleaners

▢ Improve Germination with Seed Firmers

▢ Gauge Wheel Adjustment

• Contact your equipment manufacturer with questions.

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