Proper equipment essential for planting

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Updated: 5/21/2013 11:46 am
With planting season now in full swing, you want to make sure your equipment is all running properly, especially those planters. 

Equipment and implements can make all the difference in your farming operation, especially this time of year when planters are running full throttle. Case crop specialist Tom Taylor explained just how your planter can help you with water efficiency and even early emergence. 

"Right here we've got the CASE IH Early Riser 1230," Taylor said. "This is a stacker planter, this is actually a 12 row, 30 inch planter. And we really want the agronomics to come through, especially when we're talking about planters. We start off with our opening disc which are set apart so we can get a really nice furrow that's opened up." 

Planter design can even come in handy with many no-till and less-till situations, which are becoming more and more prevalent. 

"This also allows us to go into no-till ground, actually break through the residue and create a nice, even furrow," Taylor said. "We also have the gauge wheels here and these gauge wheels, if you notice they're dimpled here, so as we create that furrow, that nice moist soil comes up and out and over. As we come across, we drop the seed into the furrow, and then we use a closing disc to close up that furrow and then our press wheel at the very end to press that soil. What we're looking for here is a nice seed to soil contact and keep and maintain that moisture that is in the soil as best we possibly can." 

Along with the planter working properly, having an even seed spacing and seed depth placement is important as well. Having both of those can help ensure the crop is off to a strong start. 

"What we're looking for is not only getting the seed placement properly, but also having emergence that is very consistent from plant to plant.," Taylor said. 

And if any producers have planter questions or issues, the specialists at Case are always ready to help make sure your planters are field-ready. 

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