Seeding (or planting for our eastern and southern friends) is the single most important pass you’ll make on your field this year. The piece of equipment you chose to place and pack seeds typically has to work for all the crops in your rotation, and that can mean using something better suited for large seeds on small grains and vice versa. What’s more, as corn and soybean acres creep west, more farmers in Western Canada are considering investing in a corn planter, which begs the question, can you use a corn planter for all crops?
Corn planters do a great job with precision placement and gentle handling of seeds, so they seem to be an ideal fit for canola, a crop that’s prone to getting knocked around in air seeders. RealAgriculture.com’s Ontario correspondent, Bernard Tobin, asked Salford Machinery’s Mark Van Veen what farmers should consider before using a corn planter on canola. The answers are rather surprising, in that, the pros seem to far out weigh the cons. Watch the video for a thorough discussion on the topic
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