Fertilizer Update by Rob Fritz

Rob FritzThe fertilizer market has continued to remain stable.  At this point, the most limiting factor to bring fertilizer back from the Twin Cities is trucking.  Otherwise, supply is good at this time.  There are no expectations of any product supply issues for this fall. We are still unable to price any 10-34-0 and have no idea when we will see it priced. Call me at 1-800-274-3389. Click here to send Rob an e-mail.

Equipment Tips by Mike Bemboom

Reducing Harvest Compaction

Right now is a good time to think about compaction.  Combines, grain carts and semis with grain trailers are three of the biggest sources of in-field compaction.  Just think – an average class 7 combine weighs about 30,000 lbs.  Put on a 10,000 lb. head and add 350 bushels of 60 lb. corn in it and you’ve got 61,000 lbs. riding on 6 tires – 4 tires if you have singles. A 1,000 bushel grain cart weighs about 11,000 lbs. empty.  With 60,000 lbs. of corn, the cart weighs more than 70,000 lbs.  That’s a lot of weight running across your fields. Tracked tractors, grain carts with tracks and tracked combines will reduce compaction to the ground by spreading the weight over a larger area or footprint. However, it’s almost impossible to eliminate all compaction, and I know tracks aren’t for everybody, so you can reduce excess compaction by trying a few things. First, try not to overload your hoppers, carts and trailers and then drive through the field or down roads. Most of us have seen firsthand how poor gravel road conditions can get because of too much weight.  Second, keeping your in-field high traffic areas to a minimum will reduce unneeded field compaction. Finally, try to avoid wet or soft spots which compact easily and are prone to getting equipment stuck and possibly damaged. Click here to send Mike an e-mail. [table “1” not found /]
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