Maintain your planting equipment now, before it goes in the shed
Most planters are out of the field, and likely sitting in the yard. With spraying next, and the ever-growing to-do list demanding attention, it may be tempting to park that equipment in the shed and forget about it for the year.
Grayson Catania, product marketing manager with Case IH, says the future you will only thank you if you deal with some of these maintenance problems now.
“The weather is nice, you’ve got some lead time before next spring and things like that to address those problems or concerns, so it’s really important — the name of the game that we try to encourage is proactive versus reactive,” Catania explains.
As Catania notes, there are three key things Case IH is encouraging producers to take a look at before you are done with the equipment for the year.
“First, start with cleaning everything. Draining, cleaning tanks, going through that metering system, cleaning out the air delivery system. The next one could be lubrication. All those moving points — get grease on some of those joints, bearing assemblies, to prevent corrosion and further damage, while it’s just sitting in there for six months or so,” he explains. “And then check wear parts. That planter or air seeder is going through wear and tear for days on end, so while the weather is nice, while you have six months or so, look at the hose wear points, look at some of those openers, and if you’ve got to replace them, do it now.”
Check out the full conversation between Catania and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below: