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Evaluate the Microenvironment Around the Seed

March 24, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director

At planting, dig deeper for details on how to set the seeds for success. In episode 5 of Corn College TV, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie encourages farmers to dig behind the planter.

“Look at the microenvironment around the seed,” he says. “But when you are digging, it’s important to not destroy the evidence.”
Dig to find one seed, and then cut across the furrow to dig forward to find the next seed.
“The cross section will tell you how the seed is tucked in. Ideally, you won’t see how the seed got placed in the soil with no seam above it. With good pressure from closing wheels, the furrow wall should stand up on its own, which is particularly hard to achieve in dry conditions,” Ferrie explains.
Learn more about row diagnostics with Ken Ferrie in this episode of Corn College TV.
 

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