Case IH Pre-Planting Checklist

This pre-planting checklist will help make sure your ready to plant and highlights some areas we've seen as problems in previous years past. Follow these simple tips to make sure you have a safe and uninterrupted planting season. If you notice anything that is questionable, give us a call or stop in. We can offer suggestions to head off problems before they force you down.

  • Locate your operators manuals and consult them for all operational and maintenance information.
  • Review all highway transportation and safety items in your operators manual.
  • Check that your tractor is properly configured for your planter – tread settings, tire inflation, hitch settings, ballast and weighting.
  • Verify that your tractor maintenance is current and all filters and fluids checked.
  • Check tractor warning and field lights, HVAC, radar, and GPS component for proper operation.
  • Connect planter electrical harness to tractor and check planter turn signals and flashing warning lights.
  • Verify planter has a SMV and the sign is in good repair.
  • Check planter wheel lug bolts for torque and tires for proper inflation.
  • Check your seed meters for agitator, singulator, seed disk, brush, baffle, and driver components for condition.
  • Connect hydraulic hoses to tractor and check hose routing for proper slack and any unwanted pinching or rubbing.
  • Operate all fold, unfold, raise, and lower functions. Verify operation and check for leaks.
  • Operate markers raise, lower and check alternating functions. Verify marker length and cable condition and adjustments.
  • Connect vacuum and bulk fill motor hoses; verify return circuit hose connection to tractor motor return fitting, operate motors and check for leakage and proper operation.
  • Check seed and fertilizer drive clutches, sprockets, chains, idlers, counter shaft drive couplers, and row drive couplers for proper alignment and unusual wear.
  • Check seed and fertilizer transmissions for proper sprocket combinations for desired seeding and fertilization rates.
  • Check mechanical transmission drive tire inflation and engagement point.
  • Fill liquid fertilizer system with water and check for operation and leakage then drain water.
  • Check seed opener blades for a minimum diameter of 13.5 inches, with a blade gap not greater than 1/8 inch. Verify that the firming point is even with the blades and not worn or rounded. Scrapers should be serviceable. Closing disk diameter should not be less than 7.5 inches. Replace items as necessary.
  • Check and adjust seed depth, row unit down pressure, closing wheel pressure, and row unit attachments for anticipated field conditions and verify all units are set identical as a starting point.
  • Verify Early Riser or AFS Pro monitor for proper planter set up and prescription information.
  • Lubricate all chains and lubrication fittings; ensure lubrication fittings take grease.
  • Verify you have extra shear pins for seed drives, fertilizer drives, and markers.
  • Check to be sure you have an adequate supply of graphite for anticipated seed use.
  • If possible take planter to test area and check seed drop and spacing by tying up closing wheels. Verify spacing is correct for anticipated plant population. Be sure to warm hydraulic oil and fill seed disks prior to setting vacuum levels.