Author Archives: Andrea Klosterman Harris

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Tenders: Tough Hauling

As the summer shows roll around again, manufacturers are rolling out their best equipment for applicators to try out. Tenders reduce applicators’ downtime by bringing fertilizer out to the fields to reload the spreaders, like refueling a plane in mid-air. No Time Wasted Speed is paramount when trying to fit application into a narrow window.

Visual Guidance: The Places You’ll Go

Visual guidance systems have long changed the way growers manage their fields, and updates to the premium systems already available are taking their users in new directions with expanded options. For example, the new weather-resistant Raven Cruizer, due out this spring, can be used on a four-wheeler or tractor with an open cab. “A version

Blending Gets Better

Last year’s drop in fertilizer use could have been detrimental to software companies; instead, dealers took the opportunity to make their businesses better. “Our dealers continue to look for ways to lower operating costs and be more efficient,” explains Judy Warf, communications coordinator, Software Solutions Integrated (SSI). Organizations have grown due to mergers and acquisitions,

Fertilizer: Uneven Recovery

Many in agriculture, from the relative newcomer to the jaded “seen it all” expert, describe the 2008 year in fertilizer using some pretty heady terms: “Incredible.” “Unprecedented.” “Game-changing.” Thanks to the violent fertilizer price crash last fall that followed on the heels of a massive price run-up through the spring and summer, many retailers bought

Spreaders: New Features Are Widespread

Available in a variety of sizes to meet different needs, spreaders that can handle many varieties of dry fertilizers, lime, micronutrients, and granular herbicides will be on display alongside those that focus on spreading various liquids for farm crops. Whether designed for small-scale operations or massive acreage requiring large capacities, this year’s spreaders offer something for

ERA Tour: A Course For Adventure

Environmental respect means a lot of things: Recycling your empty pesticide containers. Keeping the chemicals in your warehouse secure. Providing training to ensure employee safety. Posting emergency contact information where it’s readily available. Helping out in your community and promoting agriculture and farm safety. Good stewardship is similar the world over, and is practiced practically

Time For Scouting

When winter melts away and the ground begins to thaw, growers’ thoughts turn to the health and potential yield of their crops. One of the best ways to get the season off to a great start — and ensure the best crop protection advice a retailer will give throughout the year — is to have

Saving With Software

The top of every news report and the focus of every bottom line lately has been the economy. While the ag industry has seen its ups and downs, it pays to be in a business that reduces customer effort and labor. Economic Mix-Ups Blender software manufacturers have improved their products every year in an effort

Micronutrients, Macro Changes

Extreme weather events or the lack of a major disease outbreak can make it hard to determine if the price of inputs was worth it. One exception is micronutrients: It doesn’t matter if you gamble on protecting your crop against insects or disease if your plants aren’t healthy to begin with. Micro Fluctuations In general,

Seed Survival

The U.S. economy has been in a recession for well over a year now, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Agriculture tends to stay strong even in such downturns, but monetary shortages and a credit crisis have put a damper on growers’ ability to buy crop inputs. With crop protection products growing more