Managing The Plant Rather Than The Acre

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5 May 236 min 15 secPremium Content

Kevin talks about the precision approach he uses to manage his plants and the tools he uses to do it.  He also talks about mixes and rates in this member only video. 

I talk about managing the plant rather than the acre of land and we're managing plants. And you know how precise are we doing that you know, we've talked about different products. We're using we're my Planters sitting right here behind me. Yeah, you're gonna see some mud on the gauge wheels some mud on the closing Wheels. It was raining like crazy when we was trying to finish the last two passes in that field Thursday. We've had almost anywhere from four to five inches of rain since I decided I'd stop and take a little time here and talk to you guys and ladies about what we got going on and while we're doing this and while we want it we typically on our corn here, we will plant from 22,000 up to 28,000 in our dry land and then when we we had a few areas, we'll hit 30,000 in some real good really really good Souls that we know we can retain the water now our irrigated ground. We're gonna plant from about 28,000 all the way up to sometimes 40,000 on their irrigated ground. That's a big rain. Remember I said we're feeding the plant our goal here is to put So many milliliters of fertilizer out per seed and then you know, we're going to be a gallon per acre to set it up. So when we go to our standard up plan, what I have found is I like 0.58 milliliters per seed of product put out there. Yeah, that's that's getting pretty picky I guess but what does that equivalent? Well at 28,000 seed per acre point five eight milliliters per seed. I'm putting 4.3 gallons per acre. In my inferrera when I drop down to 22,000 then I'm putting out roughly about three point two to three point four. So I'm saving a gallon acre and then when my fertilize and all my inputs that I've got in there 10 bucks acre right there. So you spread that out on a few Acres it don't take long and you can get a good return on a system that has the capability doing that. There's a lot of systems out there on the market now, we've got it. This is our second year with the capstan select shot system. Why did we go this route? Well, we're wanting to control how many milliliters per seed that we're putting out there. We want to make sure every seed has exact same amount of fertilize. But then more than anything as we want to look at. Where are we going to put that at we want it as close to the sea to the you know, the main root system of the plant as we can get but then we want to make sure that we don't over apply and get too much too close to the seed and cause injury, but we're using very safe. So we want to use really say fourth o phosphate products in that Furrow and some cases. We may not even be using fertilize. We may be using strictly biological humex full of expgrs and some some micro nutrients which is you know microbes is a fertilizer but it's it's not your traditional MP and Kate we always think about we want to keep it two inches away from the seed is what our goal is right now and I'm gonna move some up closer to an inch when I'm two inches away. I'm almost simulating a tuba to type situation. We incorporate that shot length into a three shot link. So we're putting about three inch strip of fertilizer two inches away from the seed now. We're on 22 inch rows and those populations I'm talking about we've typically got anywhere from eight to 12 to 13 inches between the seed. So we got a lot more room. So you guys and ladies on 30 inch corn you're gonna be crowding up a little more you're gonna be hard to stay two inches away from the seeds. So you're probably going to go by which but you're putting milliliters per seed every plant gets the same amount of food and your concentrating it right to that row and at the end of the day we can save a lot of money doing that this system that we're using from capstan. I just read in this eye the sensor and ours is exactly exact emerges me planter. And so it's that seeds in the belt it sees the seed and then it's got the time and it comes down as in the calculation and then it shoots the shot length out. It's very accurate. It uses a TJ injection tip nozzle to do that. And it just shoots it right in there right there in the seed trench. We're not getting any splatter on it. Like I thought I would now if it's a rock or something that's gonna splatter or root or something of that nature or stick or something, but hopefully you don't have that situation. We're being very precise with our products we're using and we're the reason we're doing it is because we're placing them perfectly and you whatever your total budget is, let's say all you can afford is you know, five gallons acre and you know that works and that works at the 38,000 seed that you've been growing on your high population your highest population. That's where you want to put that at and that's your Target. And then after that if that's 0.5 or whatever milliliters perceived that equates out to Then it's gonna be that same amount on every seed. If you even drop your population back to 18,000. Well, if you do that, you're gonna be putting half the product out. It's because you're just using is based on the number of seed in the ground not the linear foot or row per acre. So it's a really good tool. It works great. It's very much trouble free. We've not had no issues with it. But it the reason we use it is to precisely put that fertilized down and absolutely give us a return on our investment. If you got any questions on how to set these up and how to run them. Let me know I'll be glad to do that and it's got Enfield calibrations that you can do and you just do those occasionally if you switch products, they're very easy to do and they do an excellent job putting the right amount at the right place on the right seed and y'all stay safe if I can help you. Please send us a question and we'll do what we can to address it. Thank you.

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