ISSUE DATE: 08/26/2013
By Jennifer M. Latzke
Farmers can be tempted to take shortcuts—especially when they are hurrying to get seed in the ground.
But, Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University Extension canola specialist, said taking the time to calibrate planters and drills before planting canola in the fall can be the difference between a poor and a successful harvest next summer. He and Randy Taylor, OSU Extension machinery specialist, shared their tricks to planting a more uniform—and profitable—canola crop.
Bushong said canola isn’t quite as forgiving as other crops as far as seeding goes. The seed is extremely tiny, and farmers with improperly calibrated planters can find themselves throwing real dollars on the ground along with too much canola seed. Also, the crop requires good seed-to-soil contact and consistent depth to emerge. And in order to get that, residue must be managed and the planter or drill set to place the seed in the furrow where it will grow well.
“My first question to farmers is if they are going to plant in a conventional or a no-till seed bed,” Taylor added. “Conventional till seed beds are a lot more forgiving. You can make more mistakes in a clean till and still get a stand.”
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