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Determining Down Force to Set a Planter

April 28, 2021 | By Rupp Seeds

Screen shot image of SeedSCOOP publication discussing how to determine the down force to set your planter to.

Correct down force management for the soil conditions during planting is important for consistent placement of seeds at the required depth in the soil. Excessive down force can cause soil compaction zones and lower actual seeding depth. If too little down force is applied, planting depth can be shallow and seed-to-soil contact may not be adequate for consistent germination and emergence. For a more consistent and dependable management, an automated down force system should be considered to help adjust for field variability.

Learn more about the factors to consider when determining optimum downforce for your planter in this issue of SeedScoop.

Determining Down Force to Set a Planter