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Last-minute planter prep tips

Jeff Caldwell 04/12/2013 @ 8:50am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The planting weather's far from perfect in much of corn country as mid-April nears. But, don't waste the delay time pacing the floor and just wishing for better weather. Now's a good time for a last-minute run-through of your planter to make sure it's all ready to roll. Save valuable time when you'll need it by preparing ahead right now with these tips and ideas from specialists, farmers and other experts.


11 planter prep tips

Are you ready to plant corn? Is your planter? Here are some tips to get ready! "Make a close inspection of the soil engaging components on the row units. Badly worn parts must be replaced or planter efficiency will be impaired," says Phil Jennings, a service manager with Kinze Manufacturing, Inc., a Williamsburg, Iowa-based planter manufacturer.

10 planting ideas from All Around the Farm

Check out these ideas for ways to spruce up your planter -- some big and some small -- from farmers around the U.S.



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spring fuel bill

Per-gallon diesel prices with a 4 in front of them can really stress a farm's bottom line. And, if you've got a crop to plant this spring, you're probably staring down the barrel of a season of major fuel usage. Here are a few things you can do to try to trim down that fuel bill this spring.

Check in with the 'Planter Doctor'

Kevin Kimberley's a farmer who's spent 3 decades honing his knowledge of planters and sharing it with others looking for ways to keep their planters in tip-top condition. He recently took Successful Farming Machinery Director Dave Mowitz on a tour highlighting some of the top priorities in getting your planter ready for a busy spring. See all the quick clips here!


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