Dan Anderson, “In the Shop” blogger and Farm Journal columnist, has taken part in nearly 40 planting season as a farmer or equipment dealership mechanic.
He advises that you shouldn’t let the excitement of getting in the field for the first time each spring provoke planting mistakes that jeopardize yields from the get-go.
Here’s today’s first-day planting mistake. (Check back for the next few days to find his full top 10 list of planting mistakes.)
Remembering how to operate modern computerized control systems from year to year is no small feat. Upgrading software, programming farms and fields and remembering how auto-steering works is best done well ahead of planting, rather than on the end rows with a planter full of seed sitting behind you.