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Agronomy Series Highlights

We conclude our agronomy series this week with highlights from the featured agronomists who contributed over the last four weeks. Look for more agronomic updates as we enter the growing season and throughout the year. We hope you found the featured blogs interesting and informative, and we hope they will help you Be Ready for the upcoming growing season and beyond.

We began the agronomy series with Brian Hefty of Ag PhD. Brian and his brother Darren work with their father in the family seed and ag chemical business, Hefty Seed. The brothers also produce regular podcasts on their website, radio and television programs and hold winter workshops for farmers.  (more…)

It’s National FFA Week and I want to alert FFA members, and all of those who support them, about a great opportunity to participate in the 2012 New Century Farmer Conference. Case IH is a sponsor of this five-day, intensive program that, in cooperation with the National FFA Foundation, is intended to help young, prospective agriculturalists see the exciting opportunities available to them in the 21st century. (more…)

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Lambsquarters Research Yields Unusual Results

Categories: Agronomic Design

One of the most popular online sources for agricultural information in Ontario is CropLine. Sponsored by the Ontario Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), CropLine is a weekly podcast covering all kinds of topics of interest to crop farmers. Peter Johnson, cereals specialist for field crops with OMAFRA is the voice behind CropLine, with help from guest speakers. Johnson is an animated, interesting speaker who discusses markets, soils, weeds, diseases and many other crop-related issues. As part of our Agronomy Series, we highlight Johnson’s recent CropLine discussion on lambsquarters research at the University of Guelph. Our goal at Case IH is to provide useful sources of information; we hope this blog and others like it will help you Be Ready for the future.  (more…)

Case IH is proud to introduce another member of the Case IH Axial-Flow 100 Owner Club. Arlynn Johnson of Evansville, Minn., bought his 100th Case IH combine on January 27. The former John Deere dealership owner bought his first combine 32 years ago. Now, he and his sons, Brent, Shawn and Lance run eight combines harvesting wheat, canola, peas, barley, soybeans, corn and other grains. (more…)

Help Plants Thrive With Proper Seed Bed Preparation

Categories: Agronomic Design

Our Agronomy Series is designed to help you Be Ready for the upcoming growing season. We’re fortunate to have some great resources within Case IH who are anxious to assist you. Dr. Rob Zemenchik, Sales and Marketing Manager for Case IH Tillage Products, is a trained agronomist and is our guest blogger this week. Here, he discusses how to measure for soil compaction to help you properly set your tillage equipment in the spring. (more…)

Case IH recently presented the award of nine new Farmall® A tractors to the runners-up of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2012 Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture competitions. These finalists demonstrate the leadership and skills that farmers need to meet the difficulties of the evolving agriculture industry. We’re proud to partner with AFBF in recognizing these hard-working and committed individuals. (more…)

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Insects to Watch in 2012

Categories: Agronomic Design

As we continue our Agronomy Series, our goal is to help you Be Ready for the upcoming growing season and beyond. This week we hear from Robert Streit, owner of Central Iowa Agronomics in Boone, Iowa. Bob grew up in northern Iowa and was interested in crop production, even as a 4-H member. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ag Sciences with an emphasis in pest management, plant pathology and agronomy. He was a technical services agronomist for 20 years before starting his own business in 2002. Bob has a “full-service” business, including soil testing to maintain optimum soil conditions. We asked him to share his thoughts about anticipated insect issues in 2012 and his comments follow. (more…)

We know you’re thinking about the upcoming growing season, so we’ve asked agronomists from different regions of the U.S. and Canada to provide their insights on what you should be looking for in 2012 to help you Be Ready for the future.

We begin with Brian Hefty of Ag PhD. Brian grew up on a farm and graduated from South Dakota State University. After working for an ag chemical company, he returned to join his father in the family seed and ag chemical business, Hefty Seed, which has since grown from one store to 33 stores in eight states. His brother, Darren, also joined the business, and in 1998, Brian and Darren started a television show called Ag PhD. They’ve produced a brand-new, half-hour show every week for the past 14 years. Through radio, television and workshops, the Heftys’ goal is to help educate farmers and help them improve their profitability. In this blog, Brian discusses corn rootworm issues and Goss’s Wilt.  (more…)

To Be Ready for the future, you need all the best tools at your disposal: the best equipment, the best technology and the best seed, among other things. Reports of possible seed shortages for the coming season have created discussion in agriculture circles. Are the reports real, or are they exaggerated? What do you think? (more…)

What Blogs Do You Follow?

Categories: From the Editor

It requires more management and skill than ever to Be Ready for the future. And while it’s impossible to have an expert on-staff for every area of your business, there are some very good sources online.

To that end, we’ve added a “Related Ag Blogs” section on the right side of the blog. Each quarter, we’ll update it with different writers and topics. Let us know what you think and please share any other blogs you find helpful for your farming operation! (more…)

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