Planter University

February 2022 | 5 Iowa locations

This event will be a company-neutral (not focused on one particular equipment brand) learning opportunity to help you continue to better understand and optimize your planting setup. The focus won't be on telling you what settings you should be running, but rather the theory behind planting equipment and new planting technology allowing you to evaluate and identify the right setting for you, your seed, your field, and your equipment setup. Registration is limited to allow for hands on demonstrations with both high speed and traditional row unit demo stands.

Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of how planter downforce systems function. Understand their theory of operation, limitations, and considerations for making adjustments in the field.
  • Understand differences in how high speed planters should be set compared to conventional planters to obtain maximum performance at high speeds.
  • Gain confidence in evaluating wear components on your planter and when to replace them. Understand how to check, adjust and/or calibrate your row units for proper seeding depth.
  • Gain insights into how your seedbed conditions and preparation impacts planter row unit performance.
  • Better understand what data planters today can generate and how to better utilize it on your farming operation.

Who should attend?

  • Farmers interested in continuing to learn about and optimize their current planter or farmers who are considering upgrading planters in the future.
  • Farmers with high speed planters interested in continuing to refine how the set their planter to optimize performance.
  • Crop input dealers or other service providers that depend on proper seed planting to ensure performance of their products.
  • Equipment or precision ag dealers and technicians interested in continuing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of how planters function and the agronomic implications associated with planting.

Program

Time Presentation
9:00 am Registration check-in opens, morning refreshments
9:30 Welcome and introductions
9:40 Review of 2021 conditions and improving for 2022
10:00 Basics of planter downforce
11:00

Rotation 1 - divide into 2 groups

  • Topic A - Want to plant fast? Here is what you need to know first. Review of planter technologies and setting up your high speed planter.
  • Topic B - Back to the basics: Maintenance, calibration and seedbed prep
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 Planter attachments, upgrades and considerations
1:00 Rotation 2 - groups switch to 2nd topic from 11:00 session.
2:00 Evaluating technologies and using planter data on your farm.
2:30 Program adjourns

February 7, 2022 | Sutherland, Iowa

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
6320 500th St, Sutherland, IA 51058

Registration: $75
Registration deadline: Jan 31, 2022

Contact

Joel DeJong

Joel DeJong
Extension field agronomist
(712) 540-1085
jldejong@iastate.edu
@joel_dejong

February 8, 2022 | Nashua, Iowa

Northeast Research Farm - Borlaug Learning Center
3327 290th Street, Nashua, IA 50658

Registration: $75
Registration deadline: Feb 1, 2022

Contact

Josh Michel

Josh Michel
Extension field agronomist
(563) 581-7828
jjmichel@iastate.edu
@jjmichel_crops

February 9, 2022 | Washington, Iowa

Iowa National Guard Armory
501 Highway 1 S, Washington, IA 52353

Registration: $75
Registration deadline: Feb 2, 2022

Contact

Rebecca Vittetoe

Rebecca Vittetoe
Extension field agronomist
(712) 540-3319
rka8@iastate.edu
@rkvittetoe

February 10, 2022 | Lyman, Iowa

Barkley Farms
650th St, Lyman, IA 51535

Registration: $75
Registration deadline: Feb 3, 2022

Contact

Aaron Saeugling

Aaron Saeugling
Extension field agronomist
(641) 344-5704
clonz5@iastate.edu

February 11, 2022 | Nevada, Iowa

CNH Industrial Ag Information Center
23942 590th Ave, Nevada, IA 50201

Registration: $75
Registration deadline: Feb 4, 2022

Contact

Angie Rieck-Hinz

Angie Rieck-Hinz
Extension field agronomist
(515) 231-2830
amrieck@iastate.edu
@nciacrops