How to Increase Efficiency at Planting

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In today’s ag economy, every number counts. And planting is no exception.

That’s why having a scale on your planter – or your seed tender – is so essential.

Daryl Higgins of Brandon, Iowa, grows corn and soybeans and does custom farming. “It takes away the guesswork,” he said. “I know how much seed I’m using.”

“We see farmers using scales on planters for two big reasons,” said Nick Von Muenster, Scale-Tec operations manager.

“First, it helps fill both hoppers evenly,” he said.

“Second, it keeps track of inventory. There’s no need to keep looking to see if one side is lower than another.”

“Without a scale, it’s a guessing game,” said Von Muenster.

Higgins agrees. “We have dual hoppers and use bulk seed. We weigh them so the hoppers can be even. And when we go farm to farm, we know exactly how much seed we’re using.”

As a result, farmers save time because they don’t have to stop, get out and check the seed levels.

And for custom planting, farmers know they are delivering the correct amount of seed to each customer and can bill accordingly.

“It especially helps with seeding beans,” said Higgins. “Because we plant a high population of soybeans you can do an acre or two and check your accuracy.”

Higgins purchased his planter scale from Scale-Tec of Anamosa, Iowa. “They’re great to work with,” he said. “Very knowledgeable and the scale came with a nice little manual.”

“The scale is mounted now with brackets, and it works great,” said Higgins.

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