Tag: Axial-Flow Combines
In the rush to button up bins, shelter grain carts and trucks and wrap up fall tillage, it can be easy to forget the combine you pulled into the shed after covering those last few acres. Set aside some time to prepare it for long-term storage. It’s good for your equipment, and you’ll be quicker to the field next year.
When everything’s rolling along smoothly during the heat of harvest, it’s tough to tempt fate. But precision-farming equipment isn’t set-it-and-forget-it technology. So, even if your preharvest preparation was thorough, it’s likely time for a checkup.
No matter where or what you farm, harvest concerns and challenges revolve around similar themes: weather, prices, yields and, of course, more weather. The far West and Pacific Northwest are no different.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Certainly, there are more pleasant places to spend a summer day than inside a grain bin. But replacing a bearing on an auger during the heat of harvest isn’t much fun either. Spending some time on maintenance now will help keep the grain moving this fall.
With all of summer’s workload, it’s hard to find time to think about what you need to do to get ready for fall, let alone do anything about it. But handling those tasks now can help you get the jump on the season. And that peace of mind might just help you enjoy summer a little bit more. (more…)
There are several good reasons for, and strategies behind, farm equipment purchases. If you look ahead to harvest and then at market conditions and decide that pre-owned is the best way to meet your equipment needs, it’s important to buy carefully and consider Case IH Certified Pre-Owned. (more…)