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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…)

Corn planting is moving fast in Missouri and central Illinois, says Dave Long, the Case IH crop production sales specialist who has been covering this territory for the past five years. It’s familiar territory in more ways than one: Long grew up on a farm in northwest Missouri.  Before joining Case IH 13 years ago, he managed a grain elevator and retail fertilizer facility in Missouri.  (more…)

Planting season is moving a lot faster than normal in the Mississippi Delta and Mid-South, says Luke Gazaway, the Case IH crop production sales specialist who covers the territory from St. Louis through Memphis, down to New Orleans. With Gazaway’s post, we begin a new series of planting reports from Case IH crop specialists, who provide field support to customers and dealers throughout North America. Gazaway grew up on a family farm in northeast Arkansas, and has spent his entire life in agriculture, including a stint selling seed before he came to Case IH six years ago.  (more…)

Case IH Field of Deals Sales Event Ends Soon

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At the end of April, Case IH will wrap up its Field of Deals sales event. One lucky grand prize winner will win a 2012 Ram truck and free fuel for a year.

As part of the Field of Deals sales event, we asked producers a series of question related to some of the featured equipment, including what they would do if they won a 2012 Ram truck. One young woman feels her dad deserves a decent truck for everything he’s done to help her. And a rancher told us the first thing he’d do is “put it in its work clothes.” Watch this video to see and hear what other farmers and ranchers would do if they were to win the truck. (more…)

Our Case IH product specialists based in the field tell me that a few of you have already begun to put seed in the ground this spring.  This week’s initial USDA Crop Progress Report confirms that.

Many of you are still gearing up, or perhaps just impatiently waiting for the first crop insurance planting date:  April 6 for corn in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and April 11 for Iowa and Minnesota. So what’s top-of-mind for you during this critical window?  (more…)

Team Approach Provides 360 Degrees of Support

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Our team approach at Case IH is all about keeping you running so you can Be Ready for the challenges you may face in your operation today, tomorrow or 10 years from now. Case IH specialists are continuous learners because farmers, too, are constantly adapting to stay at the top of their game. We invite you to watch the 360 Degrees of Support video to hear how our field team worked with one set of brothers and their Case IH dealer in Illinois to meet their operation’s specialized needs quickly and efficiently. Here’s what a few of the people featured in the video had to say about working with the Jacobs. (more…)

Several years ago, Case IH had the foresight to focus engine development efforts on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology in order to meet Tier 4 standards. The latest results from the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab prove that was the right decision. (more…)

Warm temperatures have farmers heading to the fields early this year. There are reports of corn being planted in many states while some ponder, is it too early to put seed in the ground? In other areas, producers are planting spring wheat a month earlier than usual.  Regardless of planting dates, farmers are busy preparing fields and equipment. (more…)

We wrap-up our series on hay production with guest blogger Kevin Shinners, Ph.D., Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who can help you  gain insight and Be Ready for the upcoming growing season. Here he shares his thoughts on new telematics technology and how it can help improve efficiencies on-farm. (more…)

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