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Calibration of animal traction direct planters

Author: Mupangwa, W.
Author: Thierfelder, C.
Year: 2015-04-21
Abstract: Animal traction direct planters place seed and apply basal fertilizer uniformly at correct application rates. However, poor calibration will result in lower or higher plant densities and over- or under-fertilization, which wastes seed and fertilizer and compromises yield and profitability. The direct planter should therefore be calibrated carefully and first tried in an area near the plots before seeding the plots themselves. Direct planters with horizontal seed plates, currently available from Brazil (e.g. Fitarelli) can be used for maize, soybean, cowpea, sorghum and sunflower crops. Direct planters with inclined seed plates (e.g. the Grownet planter from Zimbabwe) can also be used for groundnuts.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
Serie: Technical bulletin
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Type: Newsletter / Bulletin
Country focus: Zimbabwe
Place of Publication: Harare (Zimbabwe)
Pages: 2 pages
Tags: Traction
Keywords: Traction
Serie Number: No.10

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    Maize breeding, phytopathology, entomology, physiology, quality, and biotech

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