To help farmers head to the field this spring with confidence, Farm Journal is hosting a series of Corn College Planter Clinics led by Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer. These one-day events will set farmers on the right foot for planting their 2011 crop.
“The planting pass is one of the most important passes through the field. The sins of planting can haunt you all season,” Bauer says.
The four dates and locations are: March 1 in Columbus, Ohio; March 8 in Lincoln, Neb.; March 9 in Morton, Minn.; and March 11 in Davenport, Iowa.
“This event provides information on the things to fix before you leave the shop and how to troubleshoot in the field,” says a Tennessee farmer who attended the clinic in January.
The events will cover all planter brands and models, as well as planter technologies incorporated in today’s machinery.
“A planter clinic can help fine-tune farmers’ equipment and set them up for success,” Bauer says. “These planter clinics provide a foundation from the hitch pin to the closing wheels.”
Key topics in the sessions:
- How to identify a good stand and set your goals for planting execution
- How to evaluate the soundness of your planter
- How to set your planter for the best performance possible
- Planter attachments that can help improve your planter to do a better job
- New planter technology you can use
Each session ends with an open agronomic question-and-answer session with Bauer, who joined the Farm Journal Test Plots team in January 2010. Bauer works closely with farmers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana through her independent crop consulting business based in Coldwater, Mich.