Editor's Notebook: These Times Call for Real Value

August 20, 2016 02:10 AM
Editor's Notebook: These Times Call for Real Value

It seems like we spend a lot of time these days encouraging you to try to wring every last drop of value from each acre, hoping that strategic management practices, along with a dash of good fortune, will carry you through a tough year.

The same principle holds true for Farm Journal and our sister publications, websites, newsletters, etc. Our mission is to pack each issue with as much straightforward farmer value as possible—information we hope will play a role in helping you power through this season. 

You can find plenty of value in this issue: Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie explains how variable-rate technology worked in a multi-year study of seeding and fertilizer applications on two operations. By eliminating overlap and using swath control, one of the farms saved more than 11 bags of seed ($3,248) and boosted yields by 30 bu. per acre ($3,066) over 28 acres, for a total precision ag benefit of $6,308. 

You’ll also read about preparing your combine for harvest. Mechanic Dan Anderson walks you through the necessary calibration and preseason preparation needed to synchronize your combine’s components with your cab’s screens and set the machine for optimum performance.

Moe Russell explains how teaming up with other farmers in your area can save you money—like the $45 an acre one farmer says he saves by sharing resources. A little sharing can go a long way when it comes to stretching your resources this year and any year.

While you have your pencils out, finance consultant Peter Martin  goes into the details of short- and long-term debt, and how to approach them strategically. How much working capital should you have in order to service those loans? 

What else can we cover that would bring you value? Drop me a note and let me know. We welcome your ideas!

We Hope to See You at One of Our Upcoming Events

Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour
Aug. 21-25

Drover’s Feedlot Cowboy College
Sept. 7-8, Dodge City, Kan.

Executive Women in Agriculture
Dec. 1-2, Chicago, Ill.

MILK Business Conference
Nov. 7-9, Las Vegas, Nev.

Farm Journal Legacy Conference
Dec. 9-10, Kansas City, Mo.

Top Producer Seminar
Jan. 25-27, 2017 Chicago, Ill.

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