[PCA] ARTICLE: Planters Selection Key to Conservation Planting Success

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Wed Feb 14 08:46:30 CST 2018

From: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Program
By: Alan Shadow, East Texas Plant Materials Center Manager

"Establishing conservation plantings is no easy task. Native seed are  
often small or fluffy and create a unique set of problems for the  
conservationist to overcome. Planters must be capable of planting  
these small, fluffy seeds at a consistent rate and shallow, controlled  
depth. Planting small seed too deeply is the number one cause of  
conservation planting failures. Selecting the proper planter with the  
right configuration of seed boxes and understanding their proper use  
will greatly increase the odds of successful plantings. In conjunction  
with handling seed, the planter must also be suited for conditions  
found at the site, be it rocks and debris, standing plant residue,  
softly prepared seedbed, or hard packed ground."


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