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Case IH helps you Be Ready by asking experts to share their expertise with our readers. Bob Streit, owner of Central Iowa Agronomics in Boone, Iowa, was a technical services agronomist for 20 years before starting his own full-service agronomy business in 2002. We interviewed him earlier this year as part of our agronomy series and wanted to check back in to find out how the drought is affecting his customers. In this two-part series, Streit tells us what he’s seeing in central Iowa related to the drought. He provides a general overview in Part 1, and in Part 2, he discusses changes in insect and disease occurrences as a result of the drought(more…)

Drought Impact is Widespread

Weekend thundershowers provided limited and localized relief to a few Midwestern fields, but most of the Corn Belt remains in dire need of moisture, reports USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. In fact, 30 percent of the U.S. corn crop was rated in very poor to poor condition early last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. Not since 1988, when half of the U.S. corn crop was rated very poor to poor, have corn conditions been lower in July. The last time at least 30 percent of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor was September 2002. (more…)

More Than a “Farm Bill”

Secretary Vilsack spoke to attendees at the American Seed Trade Association last month, and excerpts of his comments were used in this post. Background information was provided courtesy of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

In U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office, if a certain piece of legislature is called the “Farm Bill,” a dollar fine is enforced. The secretary wholeheartedly believes this bill is not just a “Farm Bill,” but rather a “Food, Jobs and Farm Bill.” (more…)

Bill Hoeg, Case IH Planter Sales and Marketing Manager in North America, is our guest blogger for this two-part series on how to buy a planter. In Part One, Bill discussed agronomic principles to keep in mind. In this post, he covers important considerations related to operation-type, location and farming practices, all in an effort to help you Be Ready to meet the demands of the future. (more…)

Bill Hoeg, Case IH Planter Sales and Marketing Manager in North America, is our guest blogger for this post, the first of a two-part series on factors to consider when buying a planter. Bill provides important agronomic factors to keep in mind in this first blog post(more…)

The chasm between urban-dwellers and farmers is growing ever-wider as consumers are inundated with conflicting messages about the food they buy for their families. Biased media reports, celebrities with hidden agendas, documentaries that don’t provide objective overviews and book authors who present information meant to be sensational rather than truthful cause consumers to be distrustful. They don’t know which sources to believe, often lack understanding about how food is grown and harbor concerns about the best-management practices employed by farmers. Too often, the messages consumers hear are from groups whose very purpose is to put a stop to modern agricultural practices.  (more…)

Darren Hefty of Ag PhD takes a plant tissue sample.

Well-known agronomists Brian and Darren Hefty are our guest bloggers for this post. Through radio and television programs and during workshops, the Heftys help educate farmers and provide information to help farmers improve their profitability. In this blog post, Brian and Darren discuss how to make plant tissue analysis useful and how it can help improve your fertility program.  (more…)

The enacted Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Tax Relief Act of 2010) includes several business-related tax incentives for U.S. farmers who choose to invest in and place equipment into service  in 2012.* Taking advantage of these benefits is another way to Be Ready for the increasing demand to feed a growing population.  (more…)

Mark Burns, Case IH marketing manager for application equipment, covers sprayer topics in this new series. His first guest blog post addresses how to know when to spray and when not to spray. His insights can help you Be Ready throughout the growing season.  (more…)

Our Case IH product specialists based in the field tell me that a few of you have already begun to put seed in the ground this spring.  This week’s initial USDA Crop Progress Report confirms that.

Many of you are still gearing up, or perhaps just impatiently waiting for the first crop insurance planting date:  April 6 for corn in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and April 11 for Iowa and Minnesota. So what’s top-of-mind for you during this critical window?  (more…)