Ag Issues & Insights
Often lost in the picnics, parties and three-day-weekend plans is the reason behind Memorial Day. But agriculture remembers. Let’s continue to lead by example this Memorial Day.
In farming, many decisions are tougher than a $2 steak. Few compare with deciding whether to replant a crop. In fact, if you don’t find the decision gut-wrenching, you might not be doing it right.
If you’re the check-the-box-and-move-on type, consider adjusting your ways — especially when it comes to agreements that involve your agronomic data. What you learn when you look close may surprise you.
If you’re not clear about your precision-technology provider’s approach to data ownership,
it’s time to ask some tough questions.
Hindsight is OK in farming. Questioning your hybrid or herbicide selection or your marketing strategy can lead to better decisions. But never put yourself in a position where you have to ask, “Why didn’t we devote more time to safety?” It’s too late. You need to recommit to farm safety today.
It’s tough to understand something that’s tough to understand. So it’s no surprise that a new producer survey confirms widespread confusion about sharing and using farm data. Case IH is leading industry efforts to remove the complexity from data security and sharing.
In many parts of the country, fall turned to winter seemingly overnight. For some, that made the last few rounds of harvest more challenging. For others, that meant an end to fall tillage. If winter shut down your schedule before you or your agronomist could pull soil samples, you still can — and definitely should — test soil this spring.
When it comes to events, the annual Cattle Industry Convention has “work hard, play hard” down pat. It’s also earned its reputation as a place to learn, make and renew acquaintances, and set the course for success. You can accomplish all that and more simply by connecting with Case IH at Booth 7045 next week in San Antonio.
Ask the guys who know — the custom harvesters. They’ll tell you: A successful harvest season starts with wintertime maintenance on your combine. Your Case IH dealer can help you get the job done now, before your attention turns toward prepping for spring fieldwork.
If the only task you find less enjoyable than paying taxes is compiling the documents necessary to prepare your return, consider better record keeping for your farming operation. Better organization will not only help with tax preparation but also benefit your business.
Fun to make, frustrating to keep. So it goes with most New Year’s resolutions. But a thoughtful approach to listing goals or changes for your farming operation in 2015 can open your eyes to areas for improvement.