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.)
Modern planters are hydraulic hogs and often have six or more hydraulic hoses that must be connected to the proper selective control valve (SCV) on the tractor.
If you didn’t mark or write down how the hoses were connected when you unhooked the planter last year, check your owner’s manual for diagrams on how to properly connect hydraulic hoses.