Ken Ferrie: Teach Your Corn Planter To Dance In Wet Field Conditions

May 20, 2019 10:58 AM
 
A lot of farmers are planting corn in wet, less-than-ideal field conditions this spring. But you can make a bad situation better by teaching your planter how to dance.

A lot of farmers are planting corn in wet, less-than-ideal field conditions this spring. But you can make a bad situation better by teaching your planter how to dance, says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist and owner of CropTech Consulting Inc. near Heyworth, Ill.

“Technology is what makes planting in these wet soils a viable option,” Ferrie says. “Technology can help you clean the dirt clods and root balls out of the way, while still keeping dry soil on top of the field.”

Planting success ultimately depends on having the right settings for your row cleaners, downforce pressure and planter closing system, and then taking the time to ground truth seed placement in the trench.

In the following video, Ferrie shows you the planter adjustments you need to make step-by-step to have a successful corn-planting experience in wet conditions.

 

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George
Milan , OH
5/21/2019 10:26 AM
 

  I needed a good belly laugh to cheer me up . Elmer , that was a good one !!!! I was thinking ballet lessons vs two step . YMCA swimming lessons don’t start before June 5th unfortunately.

 
 
Jd
Northern Illinois, IL
5/20/2019 05:14 PM
 

  Bob they been telling us how to control the weather.But no one will listen.They say global warming is fake news.They drive there big SUV,s and 4 door pickup trucks.Rather then buying economical gas sippers that do not polute as bad.They want nothing to do with ethanol they want fossil fuel to burn.Oh well probably to late to fix the problem anyway.We have only been destroying the atmospehere about 150 years.People do not realise that and could careless.

 
 
Brent
Osseo, MI
5/20/2019 02:23 PM
 

  It might work. But first you have to get into the field and unfold before getting buried in mud.

 
 
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