There may be no worse feeling than having fields that are ready and a planter that is not. You can avoid those pangs by getting your planter in shape now.
Every time you set foot — literally — in your fields, you compact the soil. Imagine the compaction your fully loaded combine caused as it crisscrossed a too-wet field last fall. Keep in mind the threat soil compaction poses to yields and know how to combat it.
Now that we’re well into the hay-feeding and hay-marketing seasons, you likely have a good idea about how the 2014 hay crop measures up. That makes this an excellent time to consider implementing steps that can help improve this year’s haying season.
If you’re looking for a break from cleaning the shop, catching up on bookwork or other winter chores, and if the surf and turf at the local steakhouse is the closest you’ll likely get to a beach vacation, let your mind and your mouse wander the Case IH websites. It can be a great tonic for cabin fever.
The work your planter does this spring will have a big impact on how hard your combine works next fall. Sure, there are limitless factors that will help determine your crops’ yield, but setting them up for success is critical. And upgrading your planter technology is a great place to start.
Is the new year tempting you to hit the gym for a workout? Does it have you thinking of ways to improve your life balance? Here’s a thought: How about spending some time this winter in the shop tossing around tractor weights? It will be good for you and it will bring better balance to your tractor.
Ask the guys who know — the custom harvesters. They’ll tell you: A successful harvest season starts with wintertime maintenance on your combine. Your Case IH dealer can help you get the job done now, before your attention turns toward prepping for spring fieldwork.
If the only task you find less enjoyable than paying taxes is compiling the documents necessary to prepare your return, consider better record keeping for your farming operation. Better organization will not only help with tax preparation but also benefit your business.
Fun to make, frustrating to keep. So it goes with most New Year’s resolutions. But a thoughtful approach to listing goals or changes for your farming operation in 2015 can open your eyes to areas for improvement.
The drive toward improvement fuels many of us. In agriculture, improvement might mean increasing yields or becoming more efficient. Or maybe it’s reducing costs or better conserving a piece of land. Now is the perfect time to dissect 2014 and find areas of improvement for 2015.