Planting Tip #7: Calibrate to Your Seed

April 5, 2011 09:03 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.)
Be mindful of seed quality and seed size and calibrate meters accordingly.
It’s important to have seed meters tested and calibrated on test stands with samples of all the seed sizes and grades you’ll plant to reduce the amount of in-field experimenting needed to determine optimum vacuum and finger unit settings.

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