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.)
There’s a good chance a seed tube will plug, a seed tube sensor will fail or seed delivery tubes on air planters will need cleaning.
Resist temptation. Put minimal seed in the boxes or hopper until you’re sure the planter is working perfectly.