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No rain in sight: This July 16 map, from USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey, shows little relief from the drought conditions blanketing the country.

Drought Impact is Widespread

Weekend thundershowers provided limited and localized relief to a few Midwestern fields, but most of the Corn Belt remains in dire need of moisture, reports USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. In fact, 30 percent of the U.S. corn crop was rated in very poor to poor condition early last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. Not since 1988, when half of the U.S. corn crop was rated very poor to poor, have corn conditions been lower in July. The last time at least 30 percent of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor was September 2002. (more…)

John Kenney, a farmer from Ashton, Ill., says the class he attended on the Case IH 1200 planter was very informative and helped him get his planting season off to a good start.

Help Yourself to Valuable AFS Academy Offerings

Categories: From the Editor

Case IH customers have an extensive offering of classes through the AFS (Advanced Farming Systems) Academy, a new, dedicated training program that focuses on Case IH precision farming products. (more…)

AG Misc-26605 July 10

More Than a “Farm Bill”

Secretary Vilsack spoke to attendees at the American Seed Trade Association last month, and excerpts of his comments were used in this post. Background information was provided courtesy of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.

In U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s office, if a certain piece of legislature is called the “Farm Bill,” a dollar fine is enforced. The secretary wholeheartedly believes this bill is not just a “Farm Bill,” but rather a “Food, Jobs and Farm Bill.” (more…)

Bill Hoeg, Case IH Planter Sales and Marketing Manager in North America, is our guest blogger for this two-part series on how to buy a planter. In Part One, Bill discussed agronomic principles to keep in mind. In this post, he covers important considerations related to operation-type, location and farming practices, all in an effort to help you Be Ready to meet the demands of the future. (more…)

Bill Hoeg, Case IH Planter Sales and Marketing Manager in North America, is our guest blogger for this post, the first of a two-part series on factors to consider when buying a planter. Bill provides important agronomic factors to keep in mind in this first blog post(more…)

(l-r) Jeremy, Dave and Jared Homan, Remsen, Iowa, visited the 2012 Hay Expo and shared positive comments about their Case IH baler.

Hay Expo Shows Equipment at Work

The 26th Annual Farm Progress Hay Expo was held last week in Boone, Iowa, on the same site at which the Farm Progress Show will take place in late-August. The 10-acre exhibit field featured manufacturers and distributors showcasing their hay and forage products to interested farmers. (more…)

A customer checks out the Case IH RB563 baler at the 2012 Hay Expo.

Hay Expo Brings Optimistic Crowds

The first day of the Farm Progress Hay Expo attracted a substantial crowd, even while storm clouds loomed above during most of the afternoon. Later that evening, a much-needed rain saturated Central Iowa, but it wasn’t enough to stop the show during a beautiful summer day on Thursday. The Expo, held in Boone, Iowa, is a good opportunity for Case IH to spotlight its equipment to interested customers. (more…)

The chasm between urban-dwellers and farmers is growing ever-wider as consumers are inundated with conflicting messages about the food they buy for their families. Biased media reports, celebrities with hidden agendas, documentaries that don’t provide objective overviews and book authors who present information meant to be sensational rather than truthful cause consumers to be distrustful. They don’t know which sources to believe, often lack understanding about how food is grown and harbor concerns about the best-management practices employed by farmers. Too often, the messages consumers hear are from groups whose very purpose is to put a stop to modern agricultural practices.  (more…)

Darren Hefty of Ag PhD takes a plant tissue sample.

Well-known agronomists Brian and Darren Hefty are our guest bloggers for this post. Through radio and television programs and during workshops, the Heftys help educate farmers and provide information to help farmers improve their profitability. In this blog post, Brian and Darren discuss how to make plant tissue analysis useful and how it can help improve your fertility program.  (more…)

June 11

Five Ways to Maximize Sprayer Efficiency

Mark Burns, Case IH marketing manager for application equipment, covers sprayer topics in this series. In his final guest blog post, Mark shares five ways to get the most from your sprayer. Improving efficiency is one more way we’re helping you Be Ready for the future.  (more…)

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