UACES Facebook Calibrating Your Planter - March 2012

Calibrating Your Planter - March 2012

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[Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. Music plays in the background]

[Title Slide – Calibrating Your Planter. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Presented by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]

Hello, my name is Keith Perkins. I’m county extension agent here in Lonoke County. Today we’re out here on the Steel Fletcher Farm, and we’re going to talk about calibrating your planter. [Video shows a tractor with a planter attached in a field.]

[Keith Perkins, County Extension Agent, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture] On this particular planter, this happens to be a John Deere air planter. One of the things we need to know with calibrating any planter is to know what our final plant population needs to be for the crop we’re growing. And then once we know that, we can figure out how many seeds we need to plant per acre. [Video shows a tractor in a field with a planter attached.]

On calibrating our planter here, one of the first places we need to start is with the owner’s manual. This, if you opened it up here, this would be soybeans with your plates at 108 cells, and you look at what you are wanting to plant. You look on the width of your rows, 30-inch rows here that he is, and it would tell you that your sprocket needed to be needed to be 20 and 27. [Keith shows the owners manual with the table showing the correct measurements to set the planter based upon what is planted.]

And we have different sprockets for different planting, and you can see you have your different gears here. Once you have your gears set for that and your vacuum set on this particular planter, then you would take and do a test with the seed in the hopper boxes here and find out how close you are on your plants that you are putting out. And you would take and let this down or roll the wheel, and you would know how many feet you were going and you would count your numbers of seeds that you have put out at that point and time. [Keith shows the sprockets and gears on the planter. Video shows vacuum gauge, hopper boxes, a tractor with a planter attached in a field.]

Once we get to the field, we want to make sure we are planting them at the correct depth and they are being covered correctly, so we have to dig down into the soil to find the seeds, and once we do that, we want to find several seeds and measure how deep they are being planted. [Keith is in a field after planting a row using a pocket knife to find the seeds planted to ensure correct planting depth and soil coverage.]

[Narrator with music playing in the background] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county extension office.

[Title slide – Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast. Video shows various pictures of soybean fields with specialists or agents in fields. U of A Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your county extension office or go to www.uaex.edu. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast.]

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