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Ag Issues with Neil Roberts: Leo Bartolon Part2

Nicole DesRosier
 April 21, 2022
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The Dakotan:

This is Ag Issues with Neil Roberts.

Neil Roberts:

Welcome to another edition of Ag Issues. Our guest this week is in DSU Cropping System Specialist Leo Bartolon from the North Central Research Extension Center and Leo. Farmers will soon be in the field. And air seeder and planter setup is crucial. Tell us more about that.

Leo Bartolon:

Hi, Neil. Yes. Heaters and planter must be very calibrated to deliver the best seed distribution in the field. So I tell all the farmers and take a look on packer wheels are very aligned and follow the behind the openers. Take a look on tire pressure to make sure they are very calibrated to achieve a grade seed distribution.

Leo Bartolon:

Check the auger system. Seed treatments can leave behind the residue that's slowing the rotation of the seed delivery systems. Check the openers, especially behind the wheel track and check the airline's seeds. Monitor and adjust the down pressure right in the field.

Neil Roberts:

All right. Good stuff, Leo. And hey, we'll talk seed quality when we come back.

The Dakotan:

You're listening to Ag Issues with Neil Roberts on the Dakotan Network.

Neil Roberts:

Talking seeding today with Leo Bartolon and Leo. How about seed quality?

Leo Bartolon:

It's a very important issue, Neil, because seeds are very, very important issue. If you want to have a very good crop so everything starts on seeds. So make sure you use high quality seeds such as certified seeds. But this time of year, we know a lot of problems with financially higher prices or fertilizer. So on a lot of farmers are doing being run.

Leo Bartolon:

So they're using their seed seeds. So if you are doing this, just make sure to clean is green by size using a gravity table if possible, opt for use large seeds or heavy seeds because they are more prone to have a high vigor and great germination.

Neil Roberts:

All right. Good stuff, Leo. Thanks for that. And that will bring this report to a close. If you missed one check us on the website agissues.com. Next time. I'm Neil Roberts.

The Dakotan:

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