Ag Issues & Insights
You only get one chance to get your crop planted right — planted in a way that helps ensure fast, uniform emergence and gives plants the best opportunity to achieve their full yield potential. So before you head to the field, we hope you take a few minutes to hear what Case IH Planter Marketing Manager Tony McClelland has to say about planting success.
As we enter the prime planting window across many corn states, it’s important to consider factors influencing those dates and how to meet them — even under challenging conditions. It’s also a good time to think about how Case IH track technology can help you accomplish those goals more efficiently.
Case IH designed its Precision Disk™ single disk air drills with the technology to help make every seed count. But if you raise spring-seeded cereal crops, soybeans or specialty crops, such as canola or flax, across Northern climates, then you know the demands of an already short season require you to be prepared.
No matter your weed control program — preplant burndown, pre-emergence foundation herbicide, postemergence application or all the above — spray windows play an important role in getting your crops off to a good start. Will your sprayer be ready?
If pushing your clock ahead, a green hue across the pasture or college basketball brackets brings on that familiar spring itch, it’s important to apply the salve of patience before you start scratching your fields. As difficult as that might seem, your soils will thank you — and your crops will reward you.
As you wait for your fields to dry (or thaw) and prepare to hit the ground running, don’t forget to take a walk — across your hayfields. Spring is the best time to evaluate alfalfa stands, consider fertility and pest control, and prepare for a timely harvest.
By most accounts, last year’s crops came off with few hiccups. And then the switch flipped. In many areas, the season’s first run of bad weather shut down most fall fieldwork — and that was that. If you’re wondering how you’ll get your fields ready to plant this spring, it’s not too early to strategize.
When you pull your planter into that first field each spring, what’s your mindset? Excitement? Anticipation? Cautious optimism? By first putting yourself in the mindset of the seed you’re planting, you can head to the field with confidence.
Whether it was serving breakfast to area farmers, driving a tractor to school or taking on a community service project, you likely have great memories about National FFA Week. Now — starting Saturday — you have a chance to help ensure this annual event leaves a similar, lasting impression on today’s members of the National FFA Organization.
No matter the size of your farming operation, you’re likely looking hard for ways to balance resources, labor and investment for maximum returns. It’s a proposition Canadian farmer Jason Girodat considers almost daily. Case IH equipment and technology are helping him meet the challenge.