New drill? Try peas first

Growers may encounter a few glitches the first time they take a drill to the field. A large investment in canola seed can escape out the drill pretty quickly if the seed metering system is set wrong. Peas run through the drill a little more slowly. And because fine tuning a drill means getting out and checking a few rows for seed placement and seed rate, peas are a lot easier to find in the seed row. Finally, peas are a little less depth sensitive than canola, and so can overcome mistakes in depth settings. And peas, like canola, respond well to early seeding.

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Published on April 7, 2011