The right planting equipment for your farm
Your planting equipment can make or break your farm: without the right seed planter, you can find your crops being poorly planted, which results in difficult harvesting and low yield. A seed planter, also sometimes called a row planter, is the most important piece of machinery in your set-up. There are many reasons why seeds don't flourish, and almost all of them have to do with how they were planted. If your seeds are planted too close or too deep, you will find your crops failing. The right seed planter can help reduce these errors.
Before you get to the planting stage, you need to prepare your field or garden. That means you need to cultivate the land, usually using a tiller, and fertilize the soil, typically with a manure spreader.
One-Row Planters and Two-Row Planters
There are a variety of seed planter sizes available, so you should choose the one that best suits the size of your garden or field. A one-row planter or a two-row planter is best for smaller areas (typically under 5 acres). These kinds of planters are best for hobby gardeners, since they can only plant one or two rows of seeds at a time.
Smaller row planters are best if you have only a little space, or if you're planting several different types of seeds in the same place. It's easy to switch out the types of seeds that are being planted by a one- or two-row planter, so if you're working with variety, this may be the tool for you. For larger operations, you can look for planters with dozens of rows available. However, for these larger seed planters, you will need a larger tractor with the capacity to pull heavier equipment and manipulate a larger field.
There are several things you can do to make sure that your seed planter is doing the best job possible. You need to keep your eyes open while you're working the field, and continually check on the progress of the planter. Make sure that the closing wheels, which fold the soil back over the seeds, are working properly. You should also make sure that the planter is running smoothly with the land, so that seeds are planted at the proper depth.