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Check equipment calibration before planting
Integrated Crop Management News
  • Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University
  • H. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University
  • Michael Tidman, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-28-2003
Abstract

Doing a good job of planting gets the crop up and to canopy faster. Because the canopy controls weeds and limits soil erosion, the sooner crops reach canopy, the better. Planting is the only chance you get to insert seed at the correct depth and spacing, and with good seed-to-soil contact. Thus, it can be one of the most important activities that a producer undertakes each year. Even if everything else is perfect (but it rarely is), if planting is poorly managed, you are throwing optimum yield levels out the window … along with other benefits in protecting the soil surface associated with it. Planting success begins with proper equipment maintenance and calibration.

Copyright Owner
Iowa State University
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna and Michael Tidman. "Check equipment calibration before planting" (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mark_hanna/97/