Sharp-eyed farmers unearth bits and pieces of history in their fields
You can still impact soybean yields this season through fertilizer management
Take control of the clock, and spend your minutes and hours wisely
Know your price target to market smart
Make sure bins, dryers and accessories are ready to work
Sensors help simplify irrigation practices, reduce overwatering and save money
Regardless of how your growing season is going, it’s smart to measure the health of your crop. A rescue nitrogen treatment might be necessary yet this year, or test results can guide changes for next year.
Benefits of draper platforms might warrant an upgrade this year
Even though I wasn’t there in person it was an amazing sight to “watch.” Thanks to real-time telematics I was able to remotely observe a planter break the seeding speed limit—the pinnacle of precision agriculture technology in action.
There is fundamental support for a long-term, slow grind to the upside for corn. The May Supply & Demand Report from USDA featured a year-to-year 500-million-bushel cut to projected U.S. carryover. USDA also projected global corn consumption in 2018/19 will outpace global production by about 36 million metric tons, resulting in a slashing of global corn ending stocks. The domestic and global balance sheets for corn should keep “lift” in the market to attract more acres in 2019.
In this tough ag economy, farmers continue to hunt for operational efficiency gains. I’ve seen this play out in the used farm equipment market the past couple of years. Even though it might be painful to the pocketbook, farmers are willing, able and eager to invest in used equipment that enables them to better control input costs while maximizing yields.
Rhonda Brooks: Iron Sharpens Iron
The ROI of nitrogen (N) is significant—an extra 20 lb. costs less than 2 bu. of corn. That doesn’t mean you throw on some extra N and hope for the best.