Dryness accentuates planting errors

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Dryness accentuates planting errors

The lead agronomist for Peterson Farms Seed says dryness has accentuated planting mistakes.

Rick Swenson tells Brownfield moisture tends to cover up problems that are probably out there every year.

“Depth, spacing, population, you name it. There’s a lot of things out there, especially the depth. I saw a lot of that this year and have been getting complaints in the last couple weeks about some fields. We saw tassels showing up on the 6th (of July) already, and there’s a whole bunch of plants plants throughout that field that still haven’t tasseled yet.”

He traces the unevenness to very slight variances in planting depth.

“Quarter to half-inch made a heck of a difference getting down to where that moisture was. So trying to figure some of those things out. You know I love high-speed planters, don’t get me wrong, but that can get us into high-speed problems real fast.”

Swenson says farmers need to take their time and keep doing the hard labor like digging behind the planter to ensure proper planting depths. 

Peterson Farms Seed is based near Fargo and serves farmers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.