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.
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.
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.
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.
Setting up your crop for success starts with setting up your planter for success. The new Case IH Tiger-Mate® 255 field cultivator creates the ideal high-efficiency seedbed that allows your planter to perform at its full potential, giving your crops the best opportunity to achieve theirs.
If putting up corn silage signals the start of your harvest season, then it’s time to start monitoring your fields and getting your harvesting equipment ready. Once the crop reaches the dent stage, the window for optimal silage production can close quickly.
Certainly, there are more pleasant places to spend a July 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.
You already have a lot to consider when deciding if a fungicide application will pay off in this year’s crop.1 With the right spray equipment, you can focus on the financials, knowing that you’re doing all you can to get the application part right. (more…)
Although it may be hard to pinpoint the revenue lost to contaminated spray equipment, the damage is obvious. Whether grain prices are at a peak or in a valley, taking the time to carefully and thoroughly clean your sprayer is well worth the effort. (more…)
Whether you rolled through planting season mostly unhindered, with the typical ups and downs, or with more challenges than you care to remember, it’s time to start evaluating how your planter performed.