With rain and lower temperatures in parts of the Midwest, planting has come to a stop for a few days. Before heading back to the field, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer recommends setting your down pressure to help keep the row unit in the ground in order to maintain proper planting depth.
Maintaining proper down pressure is critical because the effects of too much or too little can result in yield loss. Bauer says you can lose planting depth in tougher areas or heavier soils if there is not enough down pressure. On the other hand, excessive down pressure can result in sidewall compaction.
Watch this segment of Corn College TV below as Bauer outlines the different tools available to help maintain proper down pressure.
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