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How Tillage Impacts Your Corn Stand

January 5, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

Doing primary tillage properly sets the stage for a strong corn crop explains Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer in episode 8 of Corn College TV Season 2.

“A farmer can spend a lot of time working on their planter to get it ready for spring, but the field also has to be ready for the planter,” Bauer explains. “If primary tillage is not done properly, that farmer will be disappointed in their stands.”
She explains that you can fine tune your planter for varying conditions, but not for poorly done tillage.
“When there are columns of untilled ground next to areas of loose soil, that acts as a rumble strip through the field. The planter unit will bounce and no matter if the meter is calibrated correctly, you’ll have spacing issues.”
Seeds will also not be planted at the same depths, which will lead to uneven growth.
Learn more in this episode of Corn College TV.

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