Almost all cropping systems will benefit from planter row cleaners to manage residue, Blunier says. Row cleaners should move trash and debris out of the row by lightly brushing the ground. “If set too high, debris remains in the row,” he says. “Set too low, trenching occurs which can move soil affecting seed placement and lowering the effectiveness of any soil-applied herbicide.”

Your row cleaner choice will affect your choice of fertilizer systems and downforce requirements. Blunier recommends using floating row cleaners as opposed to pinned or fixed ones because they provide consistent performance without affecting downforce requirements.