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Planting Report: Western Corn Belt Catches Up — Fast

Western Corn Belt growers have relied heavily this spring on the Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator to efficiently prepare their fields.

To be sure, efficiency is neither a new nor unusual goal in farming. But it’s reassuring to know that when conditions dictate, we’ve got the tools and the drive to accomplish even more in a tighter time frame. That’s precisely the scenario that’s played out across the western Corn Belt this spring.

Today’s guest blogger is David Brennan, Case IH Crop Production Product Specialist serving portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Here’s his report from the field:

It’s hard to imagine that less than three weeks ago, portions of my territory caught 8 inches of snow. Yet, by earlier this week, planting progress had caught up to the four-year average. That’s quite a testament to the hard work of growers across the country and to the capabilities of today’s equipment.

Tiger-Mate® 255 field cultivator proves its versatility

A big challenge this spring has been getting soils fit to plant — beyond simply preparing the ideal seedbed. Producers have turned to the Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator to fill several roles. They’ve used it to warm soils and create better consistency across fields. That will pay off in more uniform crop emergence. Many producers also found the Tiger-Mate 255 could save a pass across their fields and get to that high-efficiency seedbed quicker, saving them time, and fuel and labor expenses.

Adjusting for better results — on the go

This spring’s field conditions dictate paying closer attention to planter settings. The 2000 series Early Riser® planters have delivered. Most adjustments can be made in the cab — no pins to pull, no climbing off and on the tractor. The benefits are multifold: You’re able to make more frequent, more precise adjustments as conditions change; and you’re more likely and more willing to make those changes, because it’s so much easier and more convenient. The more you fine-tune residue management, down pressure and other settings, the more consistent and uniform your seed placement.

Striving for efficiency in time and resources

Another big challenge for growers has been planting a crop with such a tight profit potential. Producers are willing to try new approaches — without cutting corners. For example, many are tweaking fertilizer strategies, with a trend toward at-plant, in-furrow fertilizer applications. Early Riser planters offer the flexibility to do that. Growers are open to changing their tillage regimens, too, if it can save a trip or two across the field.

My advice as we wrap up the planting season is to closely monitor the results of these changes and adjustments, and then stay in touch with your Case IH dealer. As you learn from your fields this summer and, ultimately, at harvest, your dealer can help you identify the equipment that will help you meet your goals.

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