Soybean Science team offers planter considerations

Extension educators are breaking down major advancements in planter technologies to help farmers understand what modifications are the best fit.

Corn and soybean specialist Michael Plumblee at Clemson University in South Carolina says improvements in the last decade have helped significantly increase production, but adoption remains an individual decision.

“Trying to make that decision of how do we incorporate this or what’s the best way I think is where it’s going to be more site-specific on your geography of where you are, your production system, the crops you’re planting, the products you want to apply,” he explains.

He says precision technology decreases seed costs, allows for more uniform emergence and, “we’re able to be able to plant at much higher speeds than traditionally we planted at in order to cover more acres, more ground, and in a narrow window of time.”

Extension educators recently spoke on seed delivery, planter downforce, in-furrow applications, row cleaners, and closing wheel technologies as part of a Science for Success webinar series.

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