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SDCGA hosts Planter Clinics Jan. 14-18

Posted on January 12, 2008

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) will provide an opportunity for producers to learn how to properly calibrate their planters to achieve ultimate yields at planter clinics throughout the state during the week of Jan. 14-18.

Yield potential begins in the planter boxes and research has shown that fields with erratic spacing can reduce yields up to 20 bushels per acre. A gap in the corn stand could result from planter skips, insects or corn leafed out underground. If a producer’s current row spacing is more than 2 inches, they could be losing 5 to 10 bushels in yield. That’s why the SDCGA, together with the USDA Risk Management Agency, will bring to South Dakota a top planter calibration expert to host clinics for producers to tap into.

Kevin Kimberly brings 30 years of experience in calibrating planters. A farmer from Iowa, Kimberly is a dynamic speaker who will show producers how small adjustments to everything from planter wheels to corn meters can make a big difference to their bottom line. Kimberly has been an ag consultant to John Deere, Case IH and Syngenta.

The clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each the following dates and locations:

  • Jan. 14*: Sioux Falls, Ramkota Hotel
  • Jan. 15*: Sioux Falls, Ramkota Hotel
  • Jan. 16: Watertown, Watertown Event Center
  • Jan. 17: Aberdeen, Ramkota Hotel
  • Jan. 18: Huron, Ramkota Hotel

* Due to overwhelming attendance, two clinics will be held in Sioux Falls.

Topics to be covered during the clinics include:

  • Seed treatments
  • Planter adjustments
  • Compaction
  • Calibrations
  • Corn meters
  • Field cultivator leveling
  • Vacuum units
  • Combining
  • Grid mapping

“We encourage all corn producers to take advantage of this great educational opportunity,” said Reid Jensen, president of the SDCGA. “Come spend a day with Kimberly and learn how to prepare your planter to achieve higher yields. If you’re looking to take your farming operation to the next level, this will be a day well spent.”

The event is registration is $15 for SDCGA members and $30 for non-members; lunch will be provided. To register, contact the SDCGA at 605-334-0100.

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