We kept the 2016 & 2018 video footage in the lineup because it has some things that the 2019 doesn’t—particularly that 2016 was truly muddy for both the initial planting a couple weeks prior to the event, as well as the day of. So, there was opportunity to see how things performed in the mud (2018 was damp, but certainly not muddy, due to the long dry spell before the rains resumed). Tomahawk rooting (worse with some closing wheels than others), and mud accumulation on components were readily visible in 2016. In 2019, we had good moisture when planted, but dryer than your typical spring conditions in this part of the world. It was slightly dry on top, but overall excellent planting conditions and did not receive rain for 10 days after plots were planted.
Note that each year was at a different location, with a different drill and planter. And each year, different questions are asked and addressed. While Tom’s & Matt’s comments from 2019 should be taken to supersede what was said in 2016 & 2018 about any particular topic, a few things were covered in 2016 but not 2018 and the same goes for 2019—they try to be thorough every time, but never achieve perfection in this regard (it’s not scripted!). See for yourself and listen to the discussion of the stand count results from 2016-2019 in different conditions, locations and planters.
Footage from our 2016, 2018 & 2019 in-the-field events, featuring Tom Cannon’s keen commentary along with Matt Hagny’s discussion and analysis. All available in an e-file format (only 2018 available in DVD format, if requested)
Alan Aufdemberge Farm, Lincoln, KS. (2016)
Jason Stansbury Farm, Lorraine, KS (2018)
Kent Stones Farm, Lebanon, KS (2019)
Suggested: Watch our No-till Seeding Explained first.