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Make Your Planter Ready for Spring

March 8, 2010
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
Even if you still see traces of snow around your farm, you know spring is not far away. Within a few weeks, tractors will start to roll across the Midwest. Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer provides a few key steps to make sure your planter is ready for spring.
Here are three quick and important steps Field Agronomist Missy Bauer suggests to make sure your planter is ready for spring.
Go Through Your Planter Set-up Checklist
A good thorough inspection of your planter is a great way to spend these last cool days. Bauer suggests checking through almost every aspect of your planter. Some key areas to check out are the planter's row units, drive chains, row cleaners, wheels and frame.
Inspect and Calibrate Your Seed Meters
Bauer suggests having a local specialist examine your planter's seed meters. She also says it is important to have your meters put on a calibration stand.
Run Your Variable Rate Maps
Taking a test run of any variable-rate technology you use is essential to preparing for planting season, Bauer says. She suggests setting up a test run and checking for any version updates.
For More Information
Bauer is speaking at today's first-ever Corn College Planter Clinic. Visit the Corn College microsite for updates and reports from the event.

You can e-mail Sara Schafer at

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