With margins squeezed tighter than a gopher in a hay baler, efficiency and cost containment have become agriculture’s near-term mantra. Effectively marketing your crop to maximize income is critical, but as you prepare for the coming growing season, consider the expense side of the ledger.
By now, you’ve likely already begun implementing your 2015 cropping plan — seed order is in; your fall fertilizer is down; spring fertilizer is locked in; herbicide decisions are formulated. As you continue developing next year’s plan, don’t forget to factor in some flexibility.
This year’s dip in commodity prices doesn’t mean you should lose sight of managing year-end income and expenses. Doing so can significantly impact your tax burden.
Optimism and livestock production go together like cheese and burgers. Caring for animals, watching them grow, feeding the world — what’s not to be optimistic about? With a positive outlook for 2015, there is good reason to prepare for a productive year.
As 2014 winds down, you’re likely already deep into planning for 2015 — ordering seed, pulling soil samples, deciding which inputs to prepay and whether equipment needs replacing or upgrading. Perhaps now, more than in recent years, the equipment decision will lead you to another question: Buy or lease?
There’s a good chance data breaches have affected you or someone you know. Although data breaches at financial institutions and retailers directly threaten our bank accounts and grab national headlines, how often do we think about data security on the job?
As grain bins for on-farm storage popped up like crops during spring in recent years, they brought improved marketing options and reduced commercial storage costs. They also shifted more grain quality responsibility to the producer.
We all know the slogan “There’s an app for that.” But knowing which apps to try isn’t always easy. Here are some we think help increase productivity while managing operations. Grab your tablet or smart phone and give them a try.
Taking good care of equipment in fall before putting it away can provide a strong start next spring. Mark Burns, Marketing Manager, Application Equipment with Case IH, shares a checklist for taking care of your sprayer this fall. Here are his tips:
The evolution of precision technology has increased available data for producers. As a result, users want better access and better security, which raises a number of questions: Who sees what data? Where is data stored? How secure is the data? Who controls the data? And most important, who owns the data?
At Case IH, the answer is simple — farmers should own and control their own agronomic data.