We had a lot of rain the last few weeks, but most of the area crops are still in very good shape. There was some localized high winds causing some down corn and wheat.
Now we just need some heat and drier weather. A lot of 2nd crop alfalfa was made this past week.
Wheat has begun to turn, but is still probably a couple weeks away from harvest.
Soybeans planted with the ExactEmerge planter have been very impressive. Consistent spacing really helped them push through and crust and emerge very evenly.
Before you put the ExactEmerge in the shed, here are some tips for winter storage and planter maintenance:
Purge all remaining seed
Install plugs in vacuum manifold bells
Empty and clean all seed hoppers
Relieve all spring tension on the closing wheels
Clean meters with a brush and mild detergent if needed to remove any seed treatment or talc buildup.
Remove the seed bowls
Spray bowls with graphite lubricant
Hang bowls on a wall out away from direct heat and/or sunlight
Remove brush belt and hang it on a wall
Clean out any fertilizer or insecticide and winterize with RV anti-freeze
Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin. Learn more at www.sloans.com