As a farmer, you can control many things on your operation. Weather, however, is not one of them. But, with today’s agricultural technology you can more effectively navigate wet and dry seasons with solutions that your grandparents could only dream of.
When The Rain Won’t Come
In a dry season, it’s important to remember that the quality and quantity of your crop may not be the same as in previous years. From seed to stalk, plants depend on rain and moist soil to give them the nutrients they need to thrive. Harvesting as much of your crop as possible is always critical to your bottom line, even more so during a drier season.
Focus on harvest solutions that maximize efficiency and in-field grain intake. Be prepared to harvest as soon as your crop is ready by keeping your combine knives cutting sharp and all precision software up to date. Minimize gaps between the header and feeder by ensuring the feeder latch has preload in it when the header is attached.
Don’t let stalks on the ground get passed over. Crop lifter kits assist in feeding as much crop as possible into your combine header, even if stalks are downed or sparse
Crop lifter kits with paddle tines easily attach to a combine header and lift low, short or sparse stalks for harvesting — capturing more of your crop. The 5-finger Quick Tine is specially designed for soybeans, wheat, canola and flax. For corn, select a kit to accommodate crops blown down by wind or weather.
When The Rain Won’t Stop
In a race with time, a rainy season can mean waiting too long to plant or delayed and shorter harvest windows — all of which can prevent your crop from reaching its full potential. Driving over wet soil can lead to compaction and stuck wheels. Waiting for fields to dry thoroughly, though, can cost you both time and potential yield, including lengthening the window for fungal diseases.
Get back in the field faster during wet seasons by outfitting your combine to manage wet soil. For additional traction to get through muddy fields or steep grades, upgrade your combine to a 4WD powerhouse with a Mug Hog® rear-wheel assist axle. To combat compaction, switch to PowerFlex Trax™ with TerraForm™ suspension to more evenly distribute weight over wet soil, preserving your seedbed’s air- and water-permeation quality.
You may not be able to control the weather, but you can control your harvest tools. Learn more about weather-related harvest solutions for both wet and dry seasons by visiting your local Case IH dealer or going to mycnhistore.com.
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