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Robert Johnston, on left, city manager of Frederick, Okla., presented Case IH and GPTC with a citation from the state of Oklahoma for their continuous commitment to wheat harvest workers’ safety. Also pictured (left to right) are Dan Renaud, Case IH combine product specialist, Jim Smith, GPTC’s agricultural & machine repair instructor, Gary Tyler, GPTC’s campus superintendent and Dave North, manager, Case IH ProHarvest.  (more…)

Mark Burns, Case IH marketing manager for application equipment, covers sprayer topics in this new series. His first guest blog post addresses how to know when to spray and when not to spray. His insights can help you Be Ready throughout the growing season.  (more…)

Seed was going in the ground early just about everywhere this spring – up to four weeks early in some spots. As a result, virtually all the corn is planted, and soybeans are close. And other than scattered patches of corn in northern Indiana and Illinois that got dinged with frost, the early-planting gamble seems to have paid off.  (more…)

Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Middleton, the Case IH crop production sales specialist covering Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Ontario. Jeff grew up helping on his grandparents’ poultry farm, where they also had an ornamental shrub nursery. Before joining Case IH, Jeff spent 18 years in the seed business.  (more…)

Although the next AG CONNECT Expo and Summit won’t be held until January 2013, organizers have launched a new “Masters & Mavericks” campaign to recognize producers who best exemplify the qualities required to be among the best in the business. Beginning now through Friday, June 8, one of the Masters & Mavericks will be revealed each week, one clue at a time, to the AG CONNECT community via Facebook and Twitter. (more…)

This week’s planting report comes from C.J. Parker, the Case IH crop production sales specialist covering Michigan, northwest Ohio and the northern half of Indiana. C.J. grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Dwight Ill., about 80 miles south of Chicago. His dad, uncle and cousin still operate the farm. At Case IH for just over a year, C.J. spent the previous five years as a seed production agronomist.  (more…)

Tony Randall is the Case IH crop production sales specialist covering eastern South Dakota and the Red River Valley. He grew up on a diversified crop farm in Le Sueur, Minn. – the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant – and has an agronomy degree from the University of Minnesota-Waseca. Tony has been with Case IH for two years. (more…)

Guest-blogging for us today is Jeff Vap, the Case IH crop production sales specialist for Nebraska and Colorado. Jeff grew up on an alfalfa and cattle ranch in Red Cloud, Nebraska, where he still farms with his Dad. Jeff has been in agriculture all his life. At 17, he was “selling big round bales off a semi truck.” He studied agronomy in college, and started his career in ag inputs 10 years ago. Jeff worked at three different cooperatives across the state of Nebraska before joining Case IH.  (more…)

Today’s guest blogger is Mark Swanson, the Case IH crop production sales specialist who covers eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. With the company for 29 years, Mark has been specializing in planters since 2006.

We’re closing in on 80 percent complete with corn planting in northwestern Illinois. Some corn went in the first week of April. Normally, planting starts after April 15. Some guys have already switched to beans. We’ve had good weather and they’ve got big planters, so there’s been nothing keeping them out of the fields until the weekend rains, which we really needed.  It had been really, really dry in Illinois. (more…)

This week’s guest blogger is Kyle Riesberg, the Case IH crop production sales specialist who covers virtually all of Kansas (all but two Kansas Case IH dealers are in his territory). Kyle has been around planters his whole life – he grew up on a corn and soybean farm in western Iowa, and started with Case IH in January 2008 as a planter product specialist.  (more…)

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