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Accurate Singulation And Placement = High Profit Yields

The pathway to high profit yields starts with accurate
singulation and placement of every seed. As you go through planting
season, here are some key suggestions to achieving those effective plant
stands. I will focus only on the “seed” aspect.

1. Pre-condition your seed
: All seed packaging systems need to be conditioned to the current
temperature and humidity. This can be accomplished by opening the doors
of sheds and storage buildings where seed is stored and letting an
“equilibrium” develop. Small bags should have the shrink wrap removed
for improved air flow among the bags. Seed boxes should have enough room
between them that a person can walk around them. If cross-ventilation
is a problem, farmers in the past have set up large fans to increase air
flow. All these efforts will reduce condensation possibilities inside
the boxes.

2. Lubricate your planter:
This procedure is extremely important before planting any seed. All
interior planter parts need to be coated with appropriate lubricant
prior to planting our seed products.

3. Planter box/hopper lubricant suggestions:
This second step is also suggested. Heavily treat (2 to 3 applications)
a small amount of seed (5 to 10 units) and plant it. Then you can
resume your normal loading pattern. Keep in mind with our Escalate™
seed treatment, doubling equipment manufacturer’s lubricant
recommendations will be needed. Well dispersed and well mixed seed
lubricant is very important! Remember, talc is a drying agent, whereas
graphite is a lubricant. Graphite will disperse while talc needs to be
well mixed!

Small Corn Seed Plantability Tips

Smaller sized seed corn will be the norm for 2015. As you know,
this is a result of an excellent growing season which had very few
stressors during the pollination and grain fill periods. Overall,
smaller size seed corn poses fewer planting challenges than heavier,
larger sized seed. 

Here are a few pointers for planting small size corn seed:

John Deere CCS Planters with ProMax 40 Flat Disk: Tank pressure for >2000 seeds per pound – 10 in. water
Tank pressure for 1200 to 2000 seeds per pound – 12 in. water
Standard meter vacuum is 14.5 to 17. Smaller sized seed will need slightly less vacuum than normal

Kinze ASD Vacuum Planters:
Tank pressure of 20 in. water is recommended for all seed sizes. Brush
settings vary by seed size, with higher brush number settings
recommended for smaller sized seed (7).

CaseNewHolland (CNH): Tank pressure for 1700 to 2400 seeds per pound – 18 to 20 in. water, with singulator setting of 3 and baffle setting of 2. Tank pressure for 1200 to 1700 seeds per pound – 20 to 22 in. water, with singulator setting of 3 and baffle setting of 2

AGCO/White Planters with CFS System:
Smallest size seed may require use of disk 852436 (considered the
standard disk) or 852437. Smaller Medium Flats will require 2 to 4 in.
of pressure. Bigger sized seed requires an increase in pressure settings
to 4 in.

Always refer to owner’s manual for
suggestions to fine tune your planter settings. Overall, the flowability
and plantability of this year’s smaller seed should pose very few if
any risks.

Mechanical, finger pickup units will
need to be dialed in for appropriate seed size and operated at slightly
reduced speeds to insure accuracy goals are met. Brush
replacement/setting on these mechanical units will also needed adjusted
properly to minimize doubles and skips.

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