Getting the Planter Ready
|We've been working on the planter in the shop|
Just like your car or truck, farm equipment has many parts that wear down and this is the time of year that we take time to lubricate and get replacements for those parts. This hopefully will help us to not have any breakdowns after we get into the fields this spring.
|Getting our planter meters checked ensures |
accuracy placing the seed in the ground
Next week we will be getting our planter meters checked, as seen in the photo above. Seed meters are part of our precision planting system that controls the seeding rate and population of individual rows on our planter. Each row has its own meter. This system allows us to start and stop seeding on individual rows, all on the go. Our seed meters are checked for their efficiency by checking how many skips or double plants the meter gave through a test on the meter machine. Making sure our meters are working properly is one way for us to make sure that our planter is putting seed into the ground accurately.
Corn and Soybean Seed is Here and Arriving
|Our corn and soybean seed is stored in seed tender boxes|
We use tender boxes to store our seed because it allows us to easily switch between different varieties while filling the planter out in the field, plus the tender boxes hold a lot more seed. Tender boxes hold an average of 2,500 pounds of grain, where traditional bags hold 50 pounds.
So, as you can see, we are having our own version of March Madness here on the farm. If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at spring planting, check out some of these posts:
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