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Market Growers: Planting Turnip and Mustard seed

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VegLady
Woodville, TX

July 9, 2009
9:30 AM

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My Earthway planter does a poor job of planting these small seeds - way too close together, even with the plate marked for turnips. I can do a little better sowing by hand, but not much, and hand sowing several 100' foot rows is pretty hard on the ol' back!

It's never been that much of a problem with the cheap, open-pollinating seed we always used - we just thinned-out about 99% of the seedlings with a hoe. But now we want to use hybrids for turnip greens, and we're looking at seed that cost $50-$100 a pound - just too expensive to waste like that! I'm wondering if these seeds are available pelletized so the planter will work better?

II bought one of those little plungers that dispense a single seed at a time and tried it with a 3' piece of 1' PVC with a funnel taped to the top - hoped I could run the rows like that, but it was ridiculously slow trying to get a single seed or two out the plunger without dumping a whole pile of 'em. It would have taken all day to run a single row at that rate.

Anybody got a system for this? I suppose the big growers must use precision pto-driven planting machines that lay those turnip seeds down at an exact 2-4" - and they would just about have to use pelletized seed in them, I would think.

Jack

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