Corn Planter Inspection Helps Preserve Dollars

May 4, 2013 12:00 AM
Corn College TV

Taking time with your planter this spring is crucial to ensuring optimum corn production for the growing season.

"It’s something we need to do in the shop, ahead of time or outside on a nice day but before we ever get to the field," says Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer, in Episode 1 of Corn College TV Season 3.

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Begin at the hitch pin, then work your way to the transmission system, the row units and other planter features.

"There’s such a huge correlation to planter setup and having everything set right in terms of what we end up with in the field as far as ear count," she says.

It’s one thing to lose 1,000 ears per acre—equivalent to between 5 and 7 bushels—but losing 3,000 to 4,000 ears per acre translates to serious money.

Learn more in Episode 1 of Corn College TV Season 3:

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