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Wet fields hindering harvest across large swaths of the Northern Plains have many farmers searching for a way to dry their fields. Although there’s no quick fix, one potential solution is to improve moisture management throughout the growing season by helping it move deeper in the soil profile.

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Crop residue brings a long list of benefits to your fields. Crop residue also can bring numerous challenges to your fields. The steps you take this fall can help you maximize the value of this year’s residue while helping ensure a fast, uniform start for next year’s crop.

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Ballasting means more than simply adding weight to your tractor. When you get it right, tractor ballasting can help you do more, spend less and reduce soil compaction. Before you launch your fall tillage program, make sure your tractors are properly ballasted. It can be a real moneymaker.

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As the fall farm show season winds down, this is the perfect time to reflect on the latest innovations and new products on display. CropLife IRON magazine’s Product of the Year finalists is a great place to start. It’s also where you’ll find the 25th Anniversary Patriot® 3340 and Patriot 4440 sprayers.

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Keeping your equipment in peak condition can help ease the stress that often leads to harvest accidents and injuries.

Make Harvest Safety Your Top Priority

From the header on your combine to the service trailer behind your pickup and from the overhead wires across the end of your driveway to the soles on your work boots, nearly every aspect of harvest contributes to your safety. Make sure you give each detail the attention it deserves.

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Whether you’re considering bringing advantages of strip-till to your operation for the first time or upgrading your current equipment so strip-till can do even more for your farm, the new Case IH Nutri-Tiller 955 strip-till applicator makes your decision easy. And this fall is a perfect time to make it.

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The visual observations you note across your fields this fall can be as valuable as the precision farming data you gather.

Here’s What to Watch for During Harvest

It’s important to glean more than grain during harvest. You’re likely already gathering precision farming data. When you supplement that information with notes and observations from the combine cab and at ground level, the additional knowledge can help you make productive adjustments heading into 2017.

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Before you head to the field, take steps to ensure you’re collecting sound data right along with your crops.

Preharvest Data-collection Tips

You can gain a lot of insight from the combine seat. It’s a good primer — and good balance — for what you learn from your office chair as you analyze the data. But first, you need to ensure you’re collecting accurate data.

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The unveiling of our new autonomous concept vehicle (ACV) during Farm Progress Show created quite a buzz around the show grounds — make that around the country and around the world. We’re even more excited to begin gathering your input and feedback about the vehicle’s potential to deliver greater production efficiencies to your farm.

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This fall, as you gather your crops, note your observations and collect the data you’ll need to make decisions about next year, it’s important to avoid damaging your fields in ways that can cause long-term losses.

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