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.)
Excess down pressure on row unit gauge wheels packs the soil on either side of the seed furrow. Excess down pressure on closing wheels packs the soil over seeds.
With the planter lowered and in planting position, you should be able to turn a gauge wheel or closing wheel a quarter-turn without major effort.