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Hitch Pin to Closing Wheels

December 2, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

Our lineup of Farm Journal Corn College Planter Clinics is guaranteed to help you brush up on all the to-do’s before you take your planter to the field this spring.

Starting in January, the Planter Clinic series will travel from Mississippi to Minnesota, with five stops along the route. As an attendee, you will draw from the field experience of Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer.

“When it comes to planter setup, there’s a lot to learn,” she says. “Everyone’s interested in increasing ear count and taking yields to the next level.”
During the daylong event, Bauer will cover planters from the hitch pin to the closing wheels. The material will be inclusive of all planter makes and models. Key topics will include how to evaluate the soundness of your planter, how to set your planter for the best performance possible and planter attachments.

"We’ll cover the mechanics of planters in addition to the new technology you can use,” Bauer says. “The sins of planting can haunt you through the entire season. The planter pass is one of the most important, if not the most important, passes you can make.”
The practical, hands-on curriculum will extend beyond the planter pass as well. Bauer will discuss how to know a good stand when you see one, so that you can evaluate emergence and planter performance in your fields. The clinic will end with an open agronomic question-and-answer
session with Bauer.

Early bird registration, at the discounted rate of $149, expires Dec. 23. Regular registration is $179, with $149 for each additional participant from the same farm.

Before you head to the field this spring, spend a day at a Corn College Planter Clinic.

Registration is now open for all events.

¦ Jan. 18 near Tunica, Miss.
¦ March 1 near columbus, Ohio
¦ March 8 in Lincoln, Neb.
¦ March 9 in Morton, Minn.
¦ March 11 in Davenport, Iowa

Updates and details are available at

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