Each farmer has his or her own rule of thumb for determining planting depths for different crops, but is there really a “magic number” when it comes to seed planting depth?
What is your rule of thumb for determining planting depth?
“Soil temperature and planting to moisture are important,” says Bill Hoeg, Case IH Planter Marketing Manager. “A half-inch variation in soil depth can represent a 10 degree soil temperature difference, which is critical, especially early in the season. Of course, if you don’t plant in moisture, the seed won’t germinate. A corn seed requires 2.5 times its weight in water to germinate. Therefore, if you miss the moisture, the plant is slow in emerging.”
In fact, soil temperature and moisture are two of the most important factors in seed germination, emergence and ultimately, uniform plant stands. The type of seed you’re planting also determines proper planting depth.
“When each seed is planted to the same depth, those seeds are going to emerge within eight hours of each other,” says Hoeg. “When emergence is timed this perfectly, it lessens the chance that a plant is not going to reach its full potential, thus becoming a weed. This is particularly important when planting corn.”
The Early Riser planter also creates the only true “V” seed trench with a narrow leading edge offset disk opener. The opener penetrates the toughest soils, cutting through soil and residue, and eliminating the need for row coulters that can inhibit consistent depth.
The new AFS AccuStat seed sensing system helps farmers monitor and map detailed seed spacing information, including seed singulation, skips, multiples and the spacing coefficient of variation (CV), live on the AFS Pro 700 control center. This enables spacing and population corrections to be made faster.
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