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Ag Issues & Insights

As the fall farm show season winds down, this is the perfect time to reflect on the latest innovations and new products on display. CropLife IRON magazine’s Product of the Year finalists is a great place to start. It’s also where you’ll find the 25th Anniversary Patriot® 3340 and Patriot 4440 sprayers.

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Keeping your equipment in peak condition can help ease the stress that often leads to harvest accidents and injuries.

Make Harvest Safety Your Top Priority

From the header on your combine to the service trailer behind your pickup and from the overhead wires across the end of your driveway to the soles on your work boots, nearly every aspect of harvest contributes to your safety. Make sure you give each detail the attention it deserves.

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The visual observations you note across your fields this fall can be as valuable as the precision farming data you gather.

Here’s What to Watch for During Harvest

It’s important to glean more than grain during harvest. You’re likely already gathering precision farming data. When you supplement that information with notes and observations from the combine cab and at ground level, the additional knowledge can help you make productive adjustments heading into 2017.

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Before you head to the field, take steps to ensure you’re collecting sound data right along with your crops.

Preharvest Data-collection Tips

You can gain a lot of insight from the combine seat. It’s a good primer — and good balance — for what you learn from your office chair as you analyze the data. But first, you need to ensure you’re collecting accurate data.

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The unveiling of our new autonomous concept vehicle (ACV) during Farm Progress Show created quite a buzz around the show grounds — make that around the country and around the world. We’re even more excited to begin gathering your input and feedback about the vehicle’s potential to deliver greater production efficiencies to your farm.

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This fall, as you gather your crops, note your observations and collect the data you’ll need to make decisions about next year, it’s important to avoid damaging your fields in ways that can cause long-term losses.

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Agriculture is an innovation industry. Always has been. Today — as we strive for better, more efficient ways to feed a growing population while pushing through a challenging ag economy — our efforts demand a sharper focus. It’s time to Rethink Productivity.

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No matter how well you prepare your equipment, harvest breakdowns happen. But when you control the factors you can control, you’ll minimize downtime — and your stress level. So make sure your shop is well-stocked and your MyShed™ mobile app is up to date before the first signs of trouble.

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Your workload before, during and after harvest rivals any other time of year. The right midsize tractor can help you get more done more efficiently. And that’s important, whether you’re harvesting this year’s crop or readying fields for next year’s.

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If putting up corn silage signals the start of your harvest season, then it’s time to start monitoring your fields and getting your harvesting equipment ready. Once the crop reaches the dent stage, the window for optimal silage production can close quickly.

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