By: Kinze Manufacturing

Spring 2018, in many parts of the country, it was the season that was slow to arrive, and once it got here, the rains would not give a decent break to plant. When it did get fit to plant, the days were long and the sleep was short, but it finally got done. Now the planter is setting in the yard ready to be put away, but with spraying to do and side dressing to get done, its just one of those jobs that takes a back seat to the busyness of everything else.

However, don’t put it off too long. Because for your planter to run at peak performance, efficiency and accuracy, what you do now to properly store it is just as important, if not more important, as what you do to prepare it for planting next spring.

To guide you on how to properly put your planter away, here is a helpful checklist of what should be done to it right now. Depending upon your planter, not all items may apply.

 If equipped with a bulk fill system, also perform the following for proper storage.

Now is also a good time to get your seed meters tested and tuned for optimum seed spacing accuracy. For more information on meter accuracy, refer to our blog explaining Coefficient of Variation. To get your seed meters tested, schedule a time with your Kinze dealer to test them on the Kinze Seed Meter Test Stand.

Your planter has now been thoroughly inspected and properly prepared for storage. Also, by ordering replacement parts right away, you will have them when you get your planter back out next spring. For more information, additional care tips and checklists, refer to the Operator’s Manual or contact your Kinze dealer.

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