Preserving and Protecting Your Auger During Planting
Your planting season is only as effective as the quality of your auger. Here's what you need to know to get the most out of your auger:
- Operate augers at low speeds and keep the mouth of the auger well supplied with seed. This practice helps maintain a fuller auger and minimizes seed damage while planting, helping your yield down the line. ¹
- Replace worn augers: and make regular inspections, especially if you are using standard steel augers. As they get worn down, the amount of seed damaged is likely to increase.¹ Low equipment quality leads to lower yields in the fall, so investing upfront in auger protection pays off down the line. Staying on top of auger maintenance can start growing season on the right foot and help you avoid issues later on in the year.
- Install Poly Cupped™ Flighting. Protect your seed investment by ditching the steel auger altogether and fitting your equipment with a poly auger that is proven to handle seeds more gently. University testing concluded that our Poly Cupped Flighting is the best auger option for attaining better germination, only decreasing germination by 1.5% compared to augers made from other materials.¹
- Keep bearings and tubes in good shapeIf the auger wobbles within the bus, because of either worn bearings or a worn motor mount, seed damage will increase due to increased contact with the flighting edge.¹ Regular inspections and maintenance will help avoid this problem and keep your equipment running smoothly.