ISSUE #520

520 - Planting Capability Worth $5,000 Per Hour


Many factors throughout a growing season impact crop yield and quality we sometimes overlook the most important ones. The two factors most influencing crop profitability are planting date and achieving high plant populations. Figure 1 shows a 16 day delay in planting date resulted in $47,000 less revenue in side-by-side fields. Assuming a grower can plant 20 acres per hour the value per hour with a 24 row planter to complete planting on May 7 versus May 23 was over $5,800/hour.


Preparing Seed Hoppers for A Test Stand Clinic

  • Number each seeding unit
  • Number each plate for each unit
  • Number each door for each seeding unit
  • Mark position of each plate when installed on seed unit
  • If new plates were installed, use 1/16 inch drill bit to clean out seed plate holes (drill from the back side of the plate)
  • Ensure the proper brush is in use
  • Make sure knocker wheels are installed not wiper bars
  • Ensure the black plastic door inside the unit is in the closed position
  • Clean each seed tube and seed hopper with high pressure air
  • Leave hopper lids off (leave at home)
  • Keep planter units dry during transport to test stand locations
  • Don't forget planter plates for each seed size ordered and to be evaluated
  • Bring vacuum gauges for calibration

Attend A Planter Clinic Near You Planter downtime with a value of $3,000, $4,000, or even $5,000 per hour can be very costly. Planters are precision tools?treat them as such. Planter malfunction or incorrect operation can reduce stands, delay planting and waste very expensive seed.


Planter Preparation and Maintenance Checklist

  • Have planter plate and vacuum chart available
  • Is starter fertilizer equipment calibrated and working properly
  • Calibrate insecticide applicator units
  • Check seed hoppers, drives and chains
  • Be sure disk openers are clean and turn freely
  • Be sure row markers are set properly or precision guidance system is ready
  • Plant at 3.0 to 4.5 mph for best results, slower for older plate planters
  • Check each row for press wheel pressure, using a digital fish scale
  • Level the tool bar in the field
  • Check planting depth in the field
  • Select desired seed spacing
  • Are press wheels set properly for sugarbeet row closure
  • Have tarp ready for covering seed and insecticide hoppers when it rains

Replanting and Tech Fees

In each and every case involving replant or crop loss of Roundup Ready® seed, the grower must contact the company that sold the initial Roundup Ready® seed to file a claim. The deadline is 60 days after planting or July 15 whichever comes earlier. Claims cannot be submitted after July 15, no exceptions.

Remember to attend "Your Way to Grow" meetings scheduled for your factory district. Timely information will be shared.