When unfavourable soil conditions arise, many growers look to one-pass applications to save time.
One-pass seeding, however, isn’t just for when conditions are poor. In fact, a one-pass system can work for different soil conditions and areas, even when conditions are favourable.
Ray Dowbenko, senior specialist of agronomy with Agrium, says that putting your seed and fertilizer down all at once increases your efficiency and can save on costs.
“The ability to put all of your seed and fertilizer down in one operation is just that. It’s one operation,” says Dowbenko. “You don’t need two operations, and if we use a rule of thumb of a field pass costing six to eight dollars an acre, you preclude the need for those extra six to eight dollars per extra pass.”
He adds it also saves time changing around equipment.
“If you are set up for single shoot in a one pass situation it means that you don’t have to change to different openers, whether that be side or middle of the row banding,” says Downbenko.
With the excess moisture many farmers have faced last fall and this spring, increasing field-pass efficiency has become even more important.
“Anything we can do to become more efficient from a nutrient-stewardship perspective in terms of our fertilizer use, and provide the economic options for growers to get that fertilizer in the ground very quickly is going to be very useful. So we are really talking about one-pass seed and fertilizer operations,” Dowbenko says.
Dowbenko adds that although it is becoming late in the seeding season, he wants farmers to still consider their safety, and to not worry about rushing things at this point.