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Demonstration on Why Planting Speed Matters

January 3, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director

In episode 13 of season 2 Corn College TV, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer explains the importance of your planting speed.

She walks you through a demonstration plot showing passes planted at 4.5 mph and 6 mph.
“Remember, it’s all about ear count,” she says. “So you’ll want to pay attention to spacing and uniformity of the plants and keep track of harvestable ears.”
Bauer says every 1,000 ears per acre is worth 5 to 7 bu.
“If you drive too fast, you can easily expect to lose 4,000 ears per acre from your planted population and that’s 28 bu.,” she says.
Many times the planter meter may be performing well, but at fast speeds, the seed can ricochet in the seed tube and not be distributed correctly.
“Evaluate your planting speed. It’s important to get your crop in the ground, but it’s important to not push the limits too far so that it punished your ear count.”
Learn more in episode 13 of Corn College TV.

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