Producers can utilize different planting techniques to improve yields while conserving soil and water. The way they plant their crops may vary from year to year and field to field. Research is ongoing to aid producers in making the decision of what planting techniques will work best for them.


Variable Rate Planting

Fine tuning your planting rate can help you plant the proper population to help maximize overall profitability of your field.

Farm Basics Video : Variable Rate Planting


Alternative row spacing and planting patterns can be used to improve crop productivity. Producers may plant using a solid or skip-row pattern such as a 2x1 or 2x2 pattern. Spacing between these rows can also vary from ultra-narrow rows on 15-inch rows to 40-inch rows. What pattern and spacing producers use are different and change due to many factors and research is constantly being conducted to help them make educated decisions on what will work best for them.

Research Results from American Society of Agronomy

Skip-Row Planting

Planting Direction

Depending on irrigation methods and layout of the land, producers will need to plant their fields using various methods. When utilizing LEPA technology with a center pivot, rows must be planted in a circle pattern following the pivot rotation in order for the drag socks or bubblers to always remain in a row furrow. With contour farming, producers plow across slopes following its elevation contour lines. This decreases water run-off and soil erosion.