Published on Monday, March 13, 2017
We are at the start of another challenging year with low commodity prices and shrinking margins. To succeed in a down market, we have to set ourselves up for success from the start. The best way to do that is to utilize all of your tools to their fullest potential. That means making sure your planter is ready for the field before it’s time to plant. Accuracy of plant spacing, seed depth, and seed-to-soil contact are the keys to achieving a picket fence stand and maximizing a crop’s yield potential. Below is a list of things to check before you pull out of the shop.
Another thing to consider at planting time is the addition of fluency agents, like talc and graphite. This is especially true when using planters outfitted with bulk fill tanks. Beck’s senior agronomist, Denny Cobb, recently published an excellent article outlining the proper ratio and rate of talc and graphite, that can found here.
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or your local Beck’s representative with any questions.
Author: Austin Scott
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tags: planting, Agronomy, Austin Scott, Kentucky Agronomy, Tennessee Agronomy, plant17, plant spacing, seed depth, seed-to-soil contact, planter prep