You reap what you sow – and how you sow

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AS grow­ers bring in their crop and tally their re­sults for the sea­son, they should re­mem­ber the de­ci­sions they made be­fore they even planted their seed had an im­pact on the grow­ing cy­cle, said Flexi-Coil brand leader Steve Mul­der. “Pro­duc­ing a high qual­ity, high yield crop is the sum of many parts,” Mul­der said. “Ul­ti­mately, where you fin­ish your sea­son de­pends very much on how you started it. “One of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions you will make in your sea­son is when and how to sow your crop, in­clud­ing which equip­ment to use. “You only get one chance to plant each seed so it’s worth do­ing ev­ery­thing you can to give ev­ery seed the very best chance.” Mul­der said the best equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers fol­low the same prin­ci­ples as the best grow­ers, con­stantly re­fin­ing their pro­cesses and mak­ing con­tin­ual up­grades. “At Flexi-Coil, re­search and de­vel­op­ment has been part of our DNA since the com­pany launched in the 1950s, be­cause we un­der­stand how crit­i­cal seed­ing is to the grow­ing sea­son,” he said. “From the evo­lu­tion of the flex­i­ble frame on cul­ti­va­tors and drills to sin­gle cylin­der depth con­trol on our ST820 pre­ci­sion cul­ti­va­tor, we’ve been help­ing grow­ers do bet­ter with each pass­ing sea­son.” Mul­der said grow­ers can­not over­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of depth con­trol at seed­ing. Sow­ing too deep can de­lay or sti­fle emer­gence, while sow­ing too shal­low can lead to seed dam­age from her­bi­cide up­take. “Sea­sonal dif­fer­ences in depth and avail­abil­ity of mois­ture should in­flu­ence de­ci­sions about depth of sow­ing, and the task should not be left to chance,” Mul­der said. “You need very pre­cise and ac­cu­rate place­ment and ap­pro­pri­ate seed­ing rates if you want the best re­sults,” he said. “Flexi-Coil has built its rep­u­ta­tion on su­pe­rior ground fol­low­ing ca­pac­ity and re­peat­able depth ac­cu­racy, be­cause it re­ally mat­ters.”

LOOK­ING BACK TO PLAN FOR­WARD

Mul­der said at this time of year, grow­ers should re­view what they did dur­ing the sea­son and how it might have af­fected their re­sults. “There will al­ways be fac­tors that are out­side our con­trol – that’s the na­ture of farm­ing,” he said. “But it’s good to cast a crit­i­cal eye over those things that we can con­trol. “Tak­ing the time to re­view what you did and how it played out can have a di­rect im­pact on your bot­tom line so it’s worth do­ing.” He rec­om­mended di­vid­ing the sea­son into stages and as­sess­ing how each stage went, from plan­ning to seedbed prepa­ra­tion, sow­ing, grow­ing and har­vest. “The plan­ning stage is about re­view­ing yield maps, com­plet­ing soil test­ing, choos­ing the right va­ri­ety and en­sur­ing you have ac­cess to qual­ity, dis­ease-free seed. “Get these de­ci­sions right, and you’re set­ting your­self up for the best pos­si­ble start. “Once you’ve de­cided what to grow, seedbed prepa­ra­tion be­comes the next fo­cus. “En­sur­ing good seed soil con­tact is vi­tal for suc­cess­ful crop es­tab­lish­ment. “Grower groups are a good place to start for grow­ers look­ing for ad­vice relevant to their district.” Choos­ing the right time and the right method for sow­ing is the next de­ci­sion point. Mul­der said this was the point where your seed­ing equip­ment re­ally mat­tered. He said just get­ting the seed into the ground is not enough. “If you’re in­vest­ing in qual­ity seed and crop man­age­ment, you should be in­vest­ing in the best sow­ing tech­nol­ogy, too,” Mul­der added. “You should also make sure your equip­ment is not only the best for the job but is well sup­ported. “The seed­ing win­dow each sea­son is very short. “You need the right ex­pert ad­vice on hand and rapid parts avail­abil­ity. “With 50 highly-trained deal­ers across the coun­try, Flexi-Coil can de­liver that.” Once the seed is in, the fo­cus should switch to crop nu­tri­tion. Farm­ing is much more tech­ni­cal than even 20 years ago and ev­ery grower should be as­sess­ing pad­dock nu­tri­ent sta­tus and de­vel­op­ing a de­tailed crop nu­tri­tion plan for the sea­son. Mul­der said no mat­ter what this sea­son de­liv­ered, grow­ers should be think­ing about what they’ll change and what will stay the same the fol­low­ing sea­son. “If your sea­son was not stel­lar then of course you’ll be think­ing about what you can do dif­fer­ently next time, but even if your sea­son was good, it’s worth as­sess­ing what you can do to make it even bet­ter,” he said. “Mak­ing well-re­searched choices and choos­ing the most ac­cu­rate equip­ment will help you make the most of whatever the next sea­son sends your way.”

Con­tact: Steve Mul­der P: 02 9673 7807 E: steve.mul­der@cnh.com

Flexi-Coil has been help­ing grow­ers do bet­ter with each pass­ing sea­son.

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