Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness Farm Edition

It is the start of March Madness and while I'm getting excited to watch some basketball tonight and hope to see a few ISU Cyclone victories, we're also gearing up for spring planting which will start in just a month.

Getting the Planter Ready

March Madness Farm Edition - Getting the Planter Ready
We've been working on the planter in the shop
Even though there is snow on the ground, we've been working hard in the shop giving our planter its spring-time inspection, maintenance and adjustment done.

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.

Planter Clinics

March Madness Farm Edition - Planter Clinics help Precision Planting Equipment to work properly and efficiently
Getting our planter meters checked ensures
accuracy placing the seed in the ground
Yesterday, My Farmer went to our local tractor dealership for a Planter Clinic, where they learned how to calibrate and set up our planter.  This is essential for making sure our GPS and precision planting equipment are working properly.

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

March Madness Farm Edition - Corn and Soybean Seed is Here and Arriving
Our corn and soybean seed is stored in seed tender boxes
Most of our corn seed has arrived and is being stored in the shop (in fact if you look at the top photo of the planter in the shop, you can see the seed tender boxes along the back wall), and most of our soybean seed will be arriving by the end of the month.

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:

What do you look forward to with Spring's arrival?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!


  1. Replies
    1. Less mud is definitely something to look forward to.

  2. Love the title! I'm looking forward to working ground!

    1. Thanks Brooke! I love the smell of fresh turned soil! I think that is just something people who live in the country truly enjoy ;)

  3. Oh yes, bring it on! I'm ready to see all that machinery moving around, spring can't come soon enough.

  4. Ah yes, the original March madness before March Madness became a thing. Though it's a tough call between what's more maddening, a fifteen seed beating a two seed to ruin your bracket, or a corn seed or a bean seed getting destroyed because March decided to become January and freeze or summer of '93 a flood Noah's Arc style. Weather be a fickle beast...knows ever farmer ever.

    1. Weather is the number one factor that affects crops that farmers can't have any influence over.

  5. So much prep work! I hope this is a smooth and successful year for you guys!

  6. I call it "Spring Training!" Nice article.