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FP Next: Planter prep tips from experts

Ep. 11: Make sure your planter is ready to hit the field when you are this spring with tips and advice from John Deere in this Field View episode.

29 Min Listen

Sure, the planters have been rolling in the Southern parts of the U.S. for weeks now, and moving on north, as soil temperatures warm up, they will be rolling and kicking up dust into the Midwest and Plains states. Some have started already.

In preparation for planting time, what are the wear points on your planter that you need to be most concerned about? What are the main equipment issues during planting time, and how can you prep and maintain your planter in the pre-season and post-season to lower down time when you really need to keep the planter going in the field? These are important questions that farmers need answers to.

That’s why Sarah caught up with Anthony Styczinski, go to market lead for planters and air seeding; and Paul Richardel, marketing lead for planting and spraying, both with John Deere, while she was attending Commodity Classic in late February in Houston, Tex.

In this special Field View episode, Curt and Sarah talk about planting time, how important it is for farmers and a few instances when a sense of humor could be helpful during that time of year. Get your planter ready to roll as you listen in on this episode of FP Next, powered by John Deere.


About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton of Bismarck, N.D., has been editor of Dakota Farmer since 2021. Before working at Farm Progress, she was an NDSU 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D. Prior to that, she was a farm and ranch reporter at KFGO Radio in Fargo.

McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in ag communications and a master’s in Extension education and youth development.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, as a member of North Dakota Agri-Women, Agriculture Communicators Network Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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