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Our guest blogger today is Corwyn Lepp, Case IH Combine Product Specialist serving western Iowa, western Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and parts of eastern North Dakota. Read what he has to say, and tell us about harvest conditions in your area. (more…)

Nick Briese, Case IH Combine Product Specialist for Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas and Nebraska, provides this week’s harvest report. Briese grew up on a Montana farm where his family still grows spring and winter wheat while running only Case IH equipment. Briese has been with Case IH for three years, and has spent two of them as a combine specialist. (more…)

Drought Impact is Widespread

Weekend thundershowers provided limited and localized relief to a few Midwestern fields, but most of the Corn Belt remains in dire need of moisture, reports USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. In fact, 30 percent of the U.S. corn crop was rated in very poor to poor condition early last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. Not since 1988, when half of the U.S. corn crop was rated very poor to poor, have corn conditions been lower in July. The last time at least 30 percent of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor was September 2002. (more…)

The talk about the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations on child labor has been high in the agriculture community, and for good reason, but some are questioning whether improving farm safety and providing more education to farm workers might be the answer – not changing the law.

Do you think the proposal should be passed? Is changing the law needed or would improving farm safety be the solution? Leave a comment and let us know.  (more…)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development is helping make high-speed Internet a reality in rural areas. Read on to see how this impacts your business and increases your competitiveness. (more…)