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.
Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone if you pushed your equipment harder and stretched maintenance schedules through the long harvest season. It’s now time to get back on track.
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?
Whether you’re running one combine or 10, two tractors or 20, you’ve got a fleet, and you count on it to keep you productive. It’s much more than equipment; it’s an asset. Like any asset, it requires management to achieve an optimal return.
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 are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the 2014 harvest season. In western Iowa, western Minnesota, South Dakota and southern North Dakota, the corn harvest is more than 50 percent complete, with yields of 160 to 190 bushels per acre. A good share of soybeans also have been harvested, with some of the best yields in Iowa at 60 or more bushels per acre.
During the long days of this fall’s harvest, your mind likely wandered — maybe even daydreamed a bit — thinking about next year and the needs of your operation. If you decided it’s time to add, replace or upgrade tractors, how will you decide between tracks and wheels? The good news is, now you can choose either or both.
This year, the Case IH Patriot® 4430, Nutri-Tiller 950 and Nutri-Placer 920 are among nominees for the No-Till Farmer newsletter and Conservation Tillage Guide magazine 2014 No-Till Product of the Year. Voting is now open until Nov. 8, 2014.
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.