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Insects to Watch in 2012

Categories: Agronomic Design

As we continue our Agronomy Series, our goal is to help you Be Ready for the upcoming growing season and beyond. This week we hear from Robert Streit, owner of Central Iowa Agronomics in Boone, Iowa. Bob grew up in northern Iowa and was interested in crop production, even as a 4-H member. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ag Sciences with an emphasis in pest management, plant pathology and agronomy. He was a technical services agronomist for 20 years before starting his own business in 2002. Bob has a “full-service” business, including soil testing to maintain optimum soil conditions. We asked him to share his thoughts about anticipated insect issues in 2012 and his comments follow. (more…)

We know you’re thinking about the upcoming growing season, so we’ve asked agronomists from different regions of the U.S. and Canada to provide their insights on what you should be looking for in 2012 to help you Be Ready for the future.

We begin with Brian Hefty of Ag PhD. Brian grew up on a farm and graduated from South Dakota State University. After working for an ag chemical company, he returned to join his father in the family seed and ag chemical business, Hefty Seed, which has since grown from one store to 33 stores in eight states. His brother, Darren, also joined the business, and in 1998, Brian and Darren started a television show called Ag PhD. They’ve produced a brand-new, half-hour show every week for the past 14 years. Through radio, television and workshops, the Heftys’ goal is to help educate farmers and help them improve their profitability. In this blog, Brian discusses corn rootworm issues and Goss’s Wilt.  (more…)

To Be Ready for the future, you need all the best tools at your disposal: the best equipment, the best technology and the best seed, among other things. Reports of possible seed shortages for the coming season have created discussion in agriculture circles. Are the reports real, or are they exaggerated? What do you think? (more…)

What Blogs Do You Follow?

Categories: From the Editor

It requires more management and skill than ever to Be Ready for the future. And while it’s impossible to have an expert on-staff for every area of your business, there are some very good sources online.

To that end, we’ve added a “Related Ag Blogs” section on the right side of the blog. Each quarter, we’ll update it with different writers and topics. Let us know what you think and please share any other blogs you find helpful for your farming operation! (more…)

The talk about the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations on child labor has been high in the agriculture community, and for good reason, but some are questioning whether improving farm safety and providing more education to farm workers might be the answer – not changing the law.

Do you think the proposal should be passed? Is changing the law needed or would improving farm safety be the solution? Leave a comment and let us know.  (more…)

From former President George W. Bush to Trace Adkins to Tom Vilsack, there are some big names on tap at the ag trade shows in 2012.  Are you planning to attend any shows this winter?  Which one do you like best, and why?  Leave a comment and let us know. (more…)

Recap of a Great Year

Categories: From the Editor

As 2011 wraps up, we appreciate your patronage and interest in the Be Ready blog. We’re thankful that agriculture continues to thrive, largely due to dedicated, passionate farmers like you. Here’s a recap of some of our blogs this year – are there others that stick out in your mind? We welcome your comments on our previous blog posts and invite you to offer ideas for topics you’d like to see covered in 2012.

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Season Greetings from Case IH

Categories: From the Editor

Looks like Mr. Kringle discovered what our customers already know, redder is better when the whole world is depending on Magnum™, on Steiger®, on Puma® and Maxxum® tractors!

How would you caption this image? 

We’ve been running a caption contest on Facebook, and folks are having a lot of fun with this. Now it’s your turn – leave a comment with your caption ideas. Let the holiday spirit guide you!

Seasons Greetings from all of us here at Case IH!

Land Prices Skyrocket

Traditionally, purchasing farmland has been one of the best investments a farmer can make, but what about when land is $20,000 an acre?! A 74-acre tract of Iowa farmland sold for that amount earlier this month. We want to know what you’re hearing about land prices – are they similar to the ranges mentioned below? Let us know.

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Today’s guest blogger is Mitch Kaiser, the Marketing Manager for Steiger® tractors.  He’s been with the company for 37 years, with a third of these in Product Development, so he knows a thing or two about cab evolution. You can see Mitch in this short video of a Steiger Cab walkaround, shot during the 2011 Farm Progress show.  Take a look at how we’re maximizing creature comforts in the Steiger cab, and let us know what you think. What’s the best cab design innovation so far?  What technology have you adopted that you can’t live without?  What do you think will be the next big thing? 

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