Planting Tip #4: Search for Machine Shed Gremlins

March 31, 2011 08:03 PM

Dan Anderson, “In the Shop” blogger and Farm Journal columnist, has taken part in nearly 40 planting season as a farmer or equipment dealership mechanic.

He advises that you shouldn’t let the excitement of getting in the field for the first time each spring provoke planting mistakes that jeopardize yields from the get-go.
Here’s today’s first-day planting mistake. (Check back for the next few days to find his full top 10 list of planting mistakes.)


Planters that were planting "just fine" at the end of the previous season can mysteriously develop broken finger tension springs, broken disk scrapers or excess clearance between disk openers and gauge wheel tires during the off-season.

Farmers are also liable to find mouse nests in vacuum units. There are apparently an army of machine shed gremlins who gleefully mess up planters when they are put away for the year.

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