Planter Preparation - April 2011
[Title Slide - Planter Preparation. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Subodh Kulkarni - Machinery Specialists] With growing season just around the corner, now it is time to give your planter a good look from a preparation, maintenance and calibration standpoint. In this podcast, we will make review of the pre-planting checklist.
[Picture of chains and gears.] Remember, planters need to be checked from the safety chain to row drive unity. [Picture of drive train.] Check the drive trains; make sure they aren’t rusted or stiff. [Picture of bearings, wheels and blades.] Next, check the shaft bearings and sprocket bearings for shape and condition. They should also be well lubricated.
[Picture of chemical meter screen.] Clean and inspect the chemical meters used for seed treatments on the planter. [Picture of blades and sprockets.] Take a look at the opener blades and make sure they aren’t worn and inspect the sprocket’s teeth for wear. [Picture of vacuum meter system, hoses and gauge.] If you have a vacuum meter system, make sure it is clean and seals aren’t worn to ensure proper metering.
[Slide - Consult owner's manual; Consult equipment manual or dealer.] When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual and be sure to follow the hourly service and greasing requirements to keep your equipment running. It is also not a bad idea to stop by the dealers or to visit the equipment manufacturer’s website to learn what’s new in the market.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]