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…)
Traditionally, purchasing farmland has been one of the best investments a farmer can make, but what about when land is $20,000 an acre?! A 74-acre tract of Iowa farmland sold for that amount earlier this month. We want to know what you’re hearing about land prices – are they similar to the ranges mentioned below? Let us know.
Producers are busy with fall tillage as the harvest season wraps up, and we see vertical tillage being used more frequently. The True-Tandem™ 330 Turbo is put to good use in the fall behind the combine, as well as before planting in the spring.
The more fall field work you can get done now, the less you have to do in the spring, and many of you are taking advantage of the favorable conditions we’ve had in most parts of the country this fall to prepare the soil for the 2012 growing season. (more…)
As harvest comes to a close, we’re reminded once again of nature’s power. The drought in Texas that devastated crops and livestock. The excessive spring moisture that prevented 30 percent of Manitoba from even being seeded.
Yet something else also stands out in the 2011 harvest reports from throughout North America. And that is, thanks to continuous innovations in big iron, farmers are increasingly able to work around Mother Nature. Obviously we’ll never defeat her completely, but we’re definitely winning more battles.
In western Canada, Mother Nature blessed farmers with a great growing season – but a seriously challenging harvest – says this week’s guest blogger, Louis Melanson. A Case IH combine product specialist since 1999, Melanson has been with the company for 35 years. He grew up on a farm in eastern Canada, and has always been drawn to big agricultural iron. He wound up working with combines because he was intrigued by the capability to use 30-foot plus headers at 5 mph to harvest canola, which is a very light seed. Melanson jokes that he became a combine specialist “by reading the manual.”
Canola and wheat account for the majority of crops in my area, along with some barley. We’re probably 90 percent done with canola. But it’s getting tougher to get that last 10 percent out, because the snow’s starting to fall. Customers can only combine a few hours a day.
There’s good news and bad news in the harvest reports coming out of the Southern Plains. Severe drought in Texas and Oklahoma has obviously taken a toll on yields in 2011. The good news is: Prices for some crops are twice what they were in 2010, and harvest is ahead of schedule, says this week’s harvest blogger, Dan Renaud (“the guy with the suspenders”). Renaud is the Case IH combine product specialist responsible for Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. With the company for 31 years, Renaud has spent the last 16 years as a Case IH product specialist, and the last decade focusing solely on combines. Like all Case IH product specialists, Renaud is based in the field, where he can most efficiently support Case IH customers and dealers.
Watch Case IH Power: Hear What Producers are Saying
You don’t have to go far to hear a company talk up its own products. But what about the folks who use them, day in, day out? We think those are the voices that really count. All this week, we’re bringing you video highlights of the reactions we’ve been getting from farmers in the field to the new Efficient Power Tier 4 tractors from Case IH.
Today, we hear from a three-generation farming family from Kankakee, Illinois. With about 2,800 acres in production, the Ohrts have to cover a lot of ground in more ways than one. That’s because their acreage is spread out over a 30-mile stretch of northeastern Illinois. They tell us they appreciate the benefits of Efficient Power in the field, and the fuel economy they get on the road.
There’s more to the Efficient Power story, and more real farmers to tell it. Keep checking back this week and next for more video highlights from the people who are making it such a powerful success.
We visited some customers in the field to ask them why they like using Case IH Axial-Flow combines during harvest. Check out this video that captures their comments about cab comfort, grain quality, and overall efficiency.
In the mean time, learn more about Axial-Flow combines by visiting your local Case IH dealer or checking us out online at: http://www.caseih.com/en_us/Products/Harvesting/Pages/caseih-combines.aspx. To see more Case IH videos, visit our YouTube channel.
It took a lot of combined expertise to bring the new Axial-Flow 30 Series combines from the drawing board to your fields for the 2012 harvest. Whether a new feature began as a bright idea in an engineer’s head or a suggestion from the field, every single aspect of the new 30 Series design was proven and proven again. Along the way, it’s subjected to endless hours of rigorous testing, and put through trials that duplicate the stresses it might meet in the toughest real-world conditions.
When producers talk, Case IH listens. When producers have questions, Case IH has an extensive team based in the field that works hard to find the answers. Case IH recently introduced “From the Field,” a bi-weekly video Q&A on The Weather Channel to help shed light on key issues impacting farming practices.
Although it’s technically not even summer yet, producers have already seen quite a variety of weather that is impacting their ability to get into the fields.
Case IH’s latest “From the Field” video post, “How can we control the elements?”, discusses how the latest Case IH Patriot sprayer technology is helping farmers be ready to handle changing weather conditions while producing enough food and fiber for a growing world population. You can follow the video series at weather.com/fromthefield.