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Spend Time With Your Planter Before You Store It

Give your planter a little TLC before you park it for the season.

If you’re not happy with your emerging crops’ stands this spring, your planter may simply need a thorough inspection. Adding this annual maintenance step before you park it for the season can help improve planter performance while improving its longevity and protecting resale value.

The better condition your planter is in when you store it, the quicker to the field you’ll be next spring. Replacing worn parts — especially throughout the seed meter units — also increases the likelihood of uniform stand establishment — an important factor for achieving maximum yields.1 When wear parts within the seed meter unit fall outside of specification, they can’t perform up to standards, and that can lead to poor, inconsistent stands and, ultimately, lower yields. Replace those parts now and you’ll increase the likelihood your crops meet your standards next spring.

Here are some additional tips and considerations as you prepare your planter for the offseason:

Keep it clean

Dirt, dust and debris pose serious threats to equipment across the farm. Left in place through the offseason, soil on disc openers, row markers or any point of contact will cause rusting. Clean these surfaces thoroughly. Touch-up paint or a light coat of spray lube will prevent rust.

Nooks and crannies that harbor dust or stray seeds provide a perfect spot for rodents or insects. Use an air compressor to clear those dust pockets. Dust gently or carefully use a brush around sensitive electrical components, wiring and sensors.

Disassemble your Early Riser® planter seed meter units. Clear seeds and dirt. Remove the seed discs. Wipe them clean, check for wear and store them flat. Check the meter unit covers for wear before reassembling the unit.

Replace worn parts

As you clean and inspect the rest of the planter, give chains a wiggle to check for excessive play. Check sprockets for wear. Make sure bearings rotate freely and smoothly. Examine hydraulic hoses for signs of cracking or wear. Look for metal fatigue or excessive wear, especially at pivot points. Work with the parts department at your local Case IH dealer to identify or prioritize the most critical repairs.


Pesticides and fertilizer can be corrosive. Thoroughly clean areas that come in contact with either. Winterize liquid application equipment by pumping an antifreeze solution through the system. Review your operators manual for specific recommendations.


Lubrication helps keep equipment running smoothly. It also protects against moisture and, ultimately, rust. Make sure all fittings accept grease. Follow your operators manual lubrication schedule and make sure you’re current. Oil chains.

Go certified

For the most complete, professional postseason review of your planting equipment, work with your Case IH dealer to schedule a Certified Maintenance Inspection. Because Case IH technicians use a Certified Maintenance Inspection Checklist for each inspection, you can rest assured that service is thorough and nothing is overlooked.

Regardless of how you prefer to manage planter maintenance and storage, devoting time to inspection and routine care can help eliminate surprises and reduce downtime. Find everything you need at the Case IH Parts Store or tap into the expert service at your Case IH dealer.


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1Nielsen RL. Planter Maintenance: Less Down Time, More Yield. Purdue University Department of Agronomy Corny News Network website. Published February 21, 2005. Accessed May 20, 2016.
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