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Learn How to Tune Up Your Planter

Clinics in South Dakota and North Dakota offers tips and how-to advice you can take home.

Row crop planter clinics are coming to the Dakotas in January.

The clinics will help you get your planter tuned up so that you can properly calibrate and operate to achieve optimum stands this spring.

Kevin Kimberley, who has 30 years of experience in calibrating planters, is the clinic instructor at events in both North Dakota and South Dakota. A farmer from Iowa, Kimberley will show producers how small adjustments to everything from planter wheels to corn meters can make a big difference to the bottom line. Kimberley has been an agricultural consultant to John Deere, Case IH and Syngenta.

The training will include a combination of lectures and demonstrations using various planter components.

In addition to planter calibration, other topics to be covered include:
Planter operation.
Corn meters.
Vacuum units.
Anhydrous ammonia application equipment.
Managing heavy residue.
Soybean crop establishment.

North Dakota
The North Dakota State University Extension Service will conduct a row crop planter clinics at Forman Jan. 28; at the Carrington Research Extension Center Jan. 29, and at Oakes, Jan. 30 Tuesday

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at each location. The clinics will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The participant fee is $20 if preregistered by Jan. 24 or $30 if registering on the day of the event.

For the event at Carrington, N.D., contact the Carrington REC at (701) 652-2951 or Extension Service offices in Eddy, Foster, Sheridan, Stutsman and Wells counties. Details also can be found on the Web at  

For the clinic at Forman and Oakes contact Julie Hassebroek at (701) 724-3355, ext. 5, or Gene Elhard at (701) 349-3249, ext. 2.

South Dakota
The schedule for planter clinics in South Dakota is:
Jan. 14 and15 -- Ramkota Best Western, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan. 16 -- Watertown Event Center, Watertown, S.D.
Jan. 17 -- Ramkota Hotel, Aberdeen, S.D.
Jan. 18 -- Crossroads Hotel, Huron, S.D.

Registration is $15 for members of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, which is sponsoring the clinics. Non-member pay $30. The clinics run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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