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To be sure, efficiency is neither a new nor unusual goal in farming. But it’s reassuring to know that when conditions dictate, we’ve got the tools and the drive to accomplish even more in a tighter time frame. That’s precisely the scenario that’s played out across the western Corn Belt this spring.

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Waiting out the weather — it’s a spring tradition most of us would rather avoid. This year, it’s testing the mettle of many in the western Corn Belt. Still, it’s important to remain patient and stay ready for when conditions improve.

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Managing nutrients — especially nitrogen — is among crop production’s hottest topics. From the right nutrient source to the optimal timing to the proper placement, the new Case IH AIM AccuPlacer can help you be more efficient and effective in your fertilizer applications. Give this Ag PhD Radio segment a listen, as Dick Fleissner, Case IH Segment Marketing Manager – Parts & Service, discusses AIM AccuPlacer.

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You only get one chance to get your crop planted right — planted in a way that helps ensure fast, uniform emergence and gives plants the best opportunity to achieve their full yield potential. So before you head to the field, we hope you take a few minutes to hear what Case IH Planter Marketing Manager Tony McClelland has to say about planting success.

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Whether you’re putting down fertilizer during the spring or fall, the window is tight. Knowing that approaching weather can slam it shut doesn’t help you rest any easier. But a new coulter option for the Nutri-Placer 930 fertilizer applicator can ease some of that pressure.

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If pushing your clock ahead, a green hue across the pasture or college basketball brackets brings on that familiar spring itch, it’s important to apply the salve of patience before you start scratching your fields. As difficult as that might seem, your soils will thank you — and your crops will reward you.

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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.

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By most accounts, last year’s crops came off with few hiccups. And then the switch flipped. In many areas, the season’s first run of bad weather shut down most fall fieldwork — and that was that. If you’re wondering how you’ll get your fields ready to plant this spring, it’s not too early to strategize.

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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.

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When unique challenges threaten your livelihood, you can throw up your hands. Or, like a group of Ohio farmers, you can throw your arms around the situation and tackle it head on. (more…)