Published at the Chat 'n Chew Cafe, March 2001
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Tips For Corn Planter Tune-ups

R.L. (Bob) Nielsen
Agronomy Dept., Purdue Univ.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1150
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The days are getting longer, the sunshine is becoming more plentiful and temperatures are slowly rising. That can only mean that corn planters will soon be running in fields across Indiana. If you haven’t taken the time to go over your planter or have it inspected and serviced by your local dealer, please take the time to do so before planting begins.

Several seed companies plus a number of planter dealers offer planter unit testing using one of several planter test stands on the market. One of the more popular test stands being used is called the Meter Max", manufactured by Precision Planting" ( This type of planter test stand not only measures the accuracy of seeding rate, but can also give you an idea of the uniformity of the seed drop by virtue of the seed dropping onto a horizontal seed belt.

Here are some general guidelines and tips for planter maintenance and adjustments.


KingCorn.orgFor other information about corn, take a look at the Corn Growers Guidebook on the World Wide Web at

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