Timing is top of mind no matter the season. That’s especially true when it comes to getting your crop in the ground. Every day can give your crop a greater opportunity to reach its full yield potential.
If you want to ensure plants come out of the ground at the same time, it all starts when seeds go into the ground. That’s key to getting the most from high-powered hybrids and varieties. It’s important to plan your strategies.
Soil compaction is one of those things that happens when you’re trying to get ahead. Instead, it can set your fields back for years. Consider the consequences before you try to gain a day or two this spring.
If you expect you’ll be up against some especially tough field conditions this spring, consider a new tillage tool or an upgrade to an existing one. But make sure you get the right one for the job.
In many parts of the country, fall turned to winter seemingly overnight. For some, that made the last few rounds of harvest more challenging. For others, that meant an end to fall tillage. If winter shut down your schedule before you or your agronomist could pull soil samples, you still can — and definitely should — test soil this spring.
Preplant, pre-emerge, postemerge or in-season — the application window always seems squeezed. You’ll be ready if you spend some time now servicing your spray equipment. Plus, you’ll reduce the likelihood that downtime shatters that window.
Every time you set foot — literally — in your fields, you compact the soil. Imagine the compaction your fully loaded combine caused as it crisscrossed a too-wet field last fall. Keep in mind the threat soil compaction poses to yields and know how to combat it.
By now, you’ve likely already begun implementing your 2015 cropping plan — seed order is in; your fall fertilizer is down; spring fertilizer is locked in; herbicide decisions are formulated. As you continue developing next year’s plan, don’t forget to factor in some flexibility.
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.
Today’s planter technology allows producers to place seeds precisely where they want them. Now, thanks to Case IH and Precision Planting®, producers can take that technology to a new level by adding valuable new options that fit their individual needs. (more…)