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How to Choose the Best Planter for Your Farming Needs?

Mar. 08, 2021

Agricultural seeder is a key piece of equipment for your farm. Planting windows are only so long and the entire productivity of your farm is based on how effectively you can plant the seeds.


Unfortunately, too many farmers get caught up in all the bells and whistles when they go to pick out their new planter. They end up buying a planter that, while it may be an excellent machine, is not adequate for their needs.


To avoid this happening to you, read on to learn about the various factors you should consider when choosing a new planter.


1. Planter size

The first factor to consider when buying a seeder is size. Most buyers want to increase the land area to cover more land within the 10 day window that can normally be planted in the spring.


2.Consider Your Farm Size

Large operations want to make planting as efficient as possible, with no double or triple passes over the same row to complete the job. So extras like irrigation and fertilizer applicators will make sense for you.

Another factor small farms should consider is if they share equipment with neighboring farms. If you do, you’ll want planting and transplanting machinery that can easily adjust row widths to accommodate everyone.


3.Planting window

The shorter your seeding window, the faster and more accurate the device needs.

Large farms always take a short time to grow, because it takes more time to grow thousands of acres, and more time to plant hundreds of acres.

The shorter the time range, you will want to plant more rows at the same time. If you have not already done so, consider switching to a 12 row Planter (or higher).

Hopper and tray capacities are another major factor. The more root plants and seeds you can stack on the machine, the less times you need to refill and the faster you can sow.

When speed becomes the top priority, accuracy will also become a greater factor. It can be time-consuming to find where the seeds are doubled or skipped, and it can also be time-consuming to track down the inserted seeds and bare root plants.

On the other hand, if you are a small and medium-sized business with larger planting windows, increasing irrigation and feeding, reloading time is no problem, and you can save money models by reducing spending


4.Consider your planting strategy

Do you plant the same seeds all over the field? Bulk seed delivery system is a good choice. You can save time by throwing all the seeds into the bulk hopper and then leaving. The machine is responsible for moving the seed to the end.

But what if you need to isolate the seeds? This can happen when you want to divide a plant plot or hybrid.

In this case, you need to choose a planter with a single hopper. Filling the planter will take longer, but you can control the type of seed that is sown per row.

No matter which delivery method you choose, you should pay attention to the hopper capacity. The smaller the hopper, the more you need to stop feeding, thus slowing down the planting speed.


5. Labor

Labor is an issue for all growers, large and small. And there are no indications that trend will change any time soon.

Transplanters should be considered if you have a hard time securing adequate labor during planting. In some models, the plantings are staggered so workers can steadily plant.

Most of the additional services provided by suppliers - irrigation, fertilization, innovation to improve accuracy, etc., are to save labor. Naturally, labor saving comes at a price.

Another consideration is the reliability of equipment performance. Is the hopper covered to prevent seed caking due to moisture?

Is the mechanism of switching row width stuck? Or move the wheel regularly to crush the seeds? Do transplanters wrap their shoes to prevent rock and debris from damaging the planting mechanism? All of these problems lead to time-consuming delays.

2BMQ Non-Tillage Seeder is a corn and soybean planter designed by our company for the wheat stubble field in the plain area.

2BMQ Non-Tillage Seeder

1. The stalks of the seed bed can be removed, and the removal width is more than 20cm, which can effectively prevent pests and diseases (two-pointed Spodoptera exigua-this pest and insect pest only survives under the straw), which is conducive to the early maintenance of corn seedlings;

2. This Non-Tillage Seeder makes part of the wheat straw return to the field, not only can increase soil organic matter, improve soil structure, improve fertility, but also can protect moisture;

3. This machine can fertilize deeply without cultivating, and can also choose to add spraying function, electronic monitoring function of seeding situation, use multiple functions at one time, improve productivity, and quickly solve the "three summers" during busy farming period. Conflicts over labor.

4. Environmental pollution caused by burning straw can be avoided.

5. This series of equipment is divided into 4 rows and 6 rows according to user needs. The line spacing is 600. If there are special needs to be customized, the equipment can be matched with 75-90 kW (100-120 horsepower) tractors for full suspension operation.


6.Fertilizer application

agricultural fertilizer spreaders

You should consider these components when choosing a agricultural fertilizer spreaders:

Coulters or knives for starter and nitrogen placement.

Tank size: Match fertilizer tank size to seed bin capacity to synchronize fills.

Pump system: Be aware that ground drive planters that are also running a pump can transfer vibration to your meters.

Other attachments: Row cleaners, downforce systems, parallel arms, and other modifications can limit the types of fertilizer systems available. Factor in these add-ons when choosing a fertilizer system.



How much you can spend will include not only what you have on hand, but what you will likely spend in the next few years.

Small operations often have a little more time to plant. So while the farm staff may be limited, if they are able to make multiple passes during planting for irrigation, filling missed plantings, higher-cost extras may not be needed.

But if you have smaller planting windows and more acreage, you may find the extra investment is worth the higher costs.

Another budget factor is to assess your farm’s five-year plan. If you are planning on any significant expansion, your equipment will need to match your future needs, not just your current ones.


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