You reap what you sow – and how you sow
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.”
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Flexi-Coil has been helping growers do better with each passing season.