'Focus on Corn' webcast helps growers choose best tools for no-till planting
No-till is an increasingly popular practice in farming systems. It offers excellent erosion control, soil moisture conservation, and minimum fuel and labor costs. But it does require some hardware adjustments, particularly when it is time to seed.
No-till planters, drills, and air seeders must cut and handle residue, penetrate the soil to the desired seeding depth, establish proper seed-to-soil contact, and close the seed-vee.
In his latest two-part “Focus on Corn’ webcast, titled “No-till Planting: Equipment, Adjustments, & Operation,” Paul Jasa, Extension engineer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, helps consultants, producers, and other practitioners in the Corn Belt and High Plains better select, equip, and operate their no-till seeding equipment.
This presentation offers tips to improve stand and emergence uniformity and discusses many of the common attachments and where they might be needed to improve performance.
Before purchasing any attachments, producers must evaluate what problems they may have, how does that attachment function to solve that problem, and how changing equipment might create new problems.
This two-part presentation is open access through July 31. This and other Focus on Corn presentations can be viewed at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foc. Webcasts on a variety of other crops can also be found in PMN’s Education Center.
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