Equipment en Is it time to lock in propane prices? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I continue to field calls from farmers asking about locking in propane prices. I think this is​ a​ very smart play and something I have definitely been recommending for the past couple of weeks, at least on ​a ​significant portion of your fall and winter needs. Personally, I think securing 70% of your estimated needs makes a lot of sense at these levels. ​ I am NOT saying we don&#39;t have the propane to meet our needs here in the US, because we do.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/grain-market-viewpoint"> Grain Market Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Issues Marketing Forward Contracts Futures Hedge-to-arrive Hedges Marketing and Promotion Options Grain Market Viewpoint Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 92051 at Is on-farm grain storage part of your marketing plan? <div class="field-byline"> Source: GIS, AGCO </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>“We’ve seen a trend toward more on-farm storage in recent years because producers understand they can put more money in their own pockets," says Adam Dryer, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing Inc. He explains that the economics of on-farm storage can work to farmers’ benefit in two ways.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Equipment Marketing Bins Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:44:00 +0000 91401 at $2,000 buys this corn farmer aerial scouting technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Crop consultant and farmer Marc Burggraff found an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly GPS patterns with his son’s GoPro camera.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/bottom-line">Bottom Line</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Bottom Line Thu, 22 May 2014 16:16:00 +0000 91101 at <p>Marc Burggraff, Flandreau, SD.</p> 3 Tips to help maintain your farm tires <div class="field-byline"> Source: Michelin </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>With spring planting in full swing, farmers are encouraged to properly maintain their ag tires to promote optimal equipment and crop performance in the field. James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, says having the right tire pressure and sufficient tread are the most important considerations. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Farm Equipment Thu, 15 May 2014 18:28:00 +0000 90971 at 5 Agriculture stories to read on April 29, 2014 <div class="field-deck"> Fine-tune sprayers, nitrogen management, on-farm experiments, weed resistance and #WeAreFarming </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Here are five agriculture stories you should check out today. From taking time to tune up equipment and refine weed and nitrogen management to yield gains from on-farm experiments, along with a fun farming parody on YouTube, these are articles you should read (or watch) while you're waiting to get in the field.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Crop Chemicals Equipment Fertilizer Soybeans Crops Nitrogen Weeds Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:07:00 +0000 90631 at No-till corn yield secrets <div class="field-deck"> Great genetics, soil and fertility are important, but a fine-tuned planter is a must for record yields. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Every winter, as he finalizes seed, fertility and pest management programs for the following spring, David Wolfskill takes to his shop to perform a task that’s equally critical for top corn yields. He strips his planter down to the frame and rebuilds it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Equipment Tillage corn production No Till Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:26:00 +0000 88521 at <p>David&nbsp;Wolfskill tears down and rebuilds his planter every winter to make sure it operates at its best. He&rsquo;s added spiked row cleaners and spiked closing wheels with square-link drag chains to boost its no-till performance.</p> Photo: Wolfskill family 6 tips for managing stored grain this winter <div class="field-byline"> Source: DuPont Pioneer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It’s important to remember to monitor stored grain this winter. Bin checks should be done every two weeks, say DuPont Pioneer experts. This will allow the chance to catch problems before spoilage occurs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Bins Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:11:00 +0000 88041 at 40-foot corn head tackles 15-inch rows for faster corn harvest <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Frank Howey’s grain carts can’t keep up with his new 40-foot-wide head harvesting 15-inch corn rows. The head is the first of its kind.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment corn harvest Implements Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:17:00 +0000 88161 at 2013 Custom rate adjustments <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers involved in custom work arrangements wonder what a fair custom rate is for the various faming practices that were performed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:24:00 +0000 87331 at Tips for winterizing propane-powered grain dryers, irrigation engines <div class="field-byline"> Source: Propane Education &amp; Research Council </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nearly 40% of farms in the U.S. use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings and dry and process corn and soybeans. With harvest coming to a close, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers a list of tips for preparing your propane equipment for winter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Dryers Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:40:00 +0000 87141 at