Ag Issues & Insights
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.
Whether the groundhog proves right or wrong, you’ve still got time to knock out a few more projects before spring. Here are a few ideas about how to make the most out of what’s left of winter:
Would you head to the field in the morning before fueling up? How about before checking the fluid levels in your tractor? Or inspecting and lubricating your equipment? Now, how often do you check the air in your tires before you pull out of the shed? If a pressure check isn’t routine, it could be costing you big bucks.
When unique challenges threaten your livelihood, you can throw up your hands. Or, like a group of Ohio farmers, you can throw your arms around the situation and tackle it head on. (more…)