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Spring Planting Prep

Feb 21, 2013

Author: Kirk Greenwell, Western Kentucky,

Planting season is right around the corner and with that comes preparation. Kirk Greenwell, Channel® Seedsman in Kentucky, explains how Channel Seedsmen can help farmers understand product selection and planting timing to help maximize the potential for high yields. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for Greenwell to answer:

Question: What should farmers be thinking about when preparing their planters for 2013?

Some key things farmers should be thinking about before they begin to prepare their planter is what is going into the planter, where it is going into the planter, and when it will be going into the planter. You need to sit down and prepare a plan for going forward into the spring.Untitled

Question: What are some things farmers can do to ensure high yield potential going into the planting season?

Placement of hybrids is a vital key to success. By this time most farmers have already made their purchase decision and know what hybrids they will be receiving in the spring. You need to sit down with your Seedsmen and take those hybrids and determine which fields you are going to place them.

Question: What else should farmers discuss with their Seedsmen?

You need to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each hybrid. Determining the strengths of each hybrid will determine which field it will perform the best in to reach its full potential. Determining the weakness of a hybrid will determine which fields NOT to plant it in. Some hybrids don’t belong in corn behind corn because of disease pressure. It’ll tell you which hybrids will benefit from fungicide application and which diseases to be looking for.

Question: When should farmers begin planting this year?

Go into the spring with a plan of when you are going to take the planter in the field. Planting in favorable conditions can be a key to high yield in the fall.

Channel has agronomists and Seedsmen that are available to help answer questions about product selection. In W. Kentucky, email Kirk directly at Outside the area, visit to locate a Channel Seedsman in your area to get a personalized consultation.

Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

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