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.
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.
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.
No matter how well you prepare your equipment, harvest breakdowns happen. But when you control the factors you can control, you’ll minimize downtime — and your stress level. So make sure your shop is well-stocked and your MyShed™ mobile app is up to date before the first signs of trouble.
Your workload before, during and after harvest rivals any other time of year. The right midsize tractor can help you get more done more efficiently. And that’s important, whether you’re harvesting this year’s crop or readying fields for next year’s.
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.
Properly used, the field data you gather this harvest season can positively impact decisions for years to come. But only if it’s properly gathered. Preharvest preparation is critical to helping ensure your combine is ready to collect accurate data.
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.
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…)