Plant Roots

The first plant part to emerge from a germinating seed is a root, called the radicle (not radical) in both dicots (‘broadleaf’ plants) and monocots (grasses).

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Liberate the Roots!

Many of you are fighting to get your corn crop planted in the mud across the central & eastern corn-growing areas of the US/Canada.

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First Things First! —Planter Function

I know a number of you think you’ve got this nailed, but the fact is that I see 90% of the planters out there still running nose-down. Part of the problem is that the tongue angle is a big distraction (and the parallel links).

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Biology of Soil Compaction

We highly recommend this article, The Biology of Soil Compaction (pdf), revised and updated from an Ohio State* publication, and consider it to be absolutely essential

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Seeding in Hard, Dry, or Dusty Conditions

Planting conditions have become very dry across much of the USA & Canada, hence a few tips: On planters and drills of all makes & models, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of having enough frame weight.

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(Seeding) Mistakes Were Made

In general, none of us (as adults) particularly enjoy discovering that we’ve made a mistake.1 But sometimes we’re quite grateful after the initial ‘Oh, duh’ moment has passed.

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