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Check Out These Planter Prep Tips

Dec 10, 2010

While some parts of the country are braced for snow this weekend, our thoughts as agronomists are already tuned-in to planning for the 2011 cropping season. One of the things we encourage farmers to evaluate every year is the condition of their planter. Now is a good time to get it ready to run at peak performance, so you’re ready to roll once planting commences. In episode 6 of Corn College TV, you can glean some top tips on planter prep from Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer.

“Look at your planter’s transmission,” she says. “Take the chains and look for broken and frozen links. Sometimes when looking at chains it’s an obvious no-brainer, but sometimes it’s just one link that will make the transmission jerk.”
Also check the bearings. Bauer says the bearings at the main drive shaft will bend or twist over time.
Learn more in Episode 6 of Corn College TV. Bauer gives step by step guidance of what you can do in the shop to make sure you’re running a smooth-running planter.
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