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Rethink Planter Speeds
Jim Patrico Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Mar 24, 2014 09:08 AM CDT

The long-held rules about ideal planting speeds are under challenge today. Large farms and high-priced seed have pushed growers to plant more ground faster and hit that all-important planting window. Equipment manufacturers have helped by offering wider planters, more precise seed meters, GPS guidance and better lighting.

"This past year, Iowa farmers planted 1.5 million acres in one day," said Roger Elmore, former Iowa State University agronomist. "That's extremely fast. The previous record was 1.4 million."

But it's still not fast enough. The focus now is on increasing planting speeds, which has opened an old debate of how fast you ...

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