Case IH designed its Precision Disk™ single disk air drills with the technology to help make every seed count. But if you raise spring-seeded cereal crops, soybeans or specialty crops, such as canola or flax, across Northern climates, then you know the demands of an already short season require you to be prepared.
No matter your weed control program — preplant burndown, pre-emergence foundation herbicide, postemergence application or all the above — spray windows play an important role in getting your crops off to a good start. Will your sprayer be ready?
As you wait for your fields to dry (or thaw) and prepare to hit the ground running, don’t forget to take a walk — across your hayfields. Spring is the best time to evaluate alfalfa stands, consider fertility and pest control, and prepare for a timely harvest.
When you pull your planter into that first field each spring, what’s your mindset? Excitement? Anticipation? Cautious optimism? By first putting yourself in the mindset of the seed you’re planting, you can head to the field with confidence.
Whether the groundhog proves right or wrong, you’ve still got time to knock out a few more projects before spring. Here are a few ideas about how to make the most out of what’s left of winter:
A reliable business partner can be as important to your farming operation as timely rains and a good pair of work boots. As you look for ways to make your farm more efficient, manage costs and increase production, here are some of the top reasons to consider a closer relationship with your Case IH dealer:
Even though you might have parked your sprayer for the season weeks or even months ago, it’s important you spend a little more time with it before you park it for the winter. We sat down with Mark Burns, Case IH sprayer marketing manager, to pick his brain about the ins and outs of long-term sprayer storage. Here’s what we learned:
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.
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.
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.