The 2016 planting season is quickly approaching and there is much work to be done. One of the things a farmer has to consider each year is whether his or her equipment is reliable? Is it suitable for today’s needs? Will it meet the demands of the ever-changing market? Will that old tractor or other piece of equipment save you money and time, or will it cost you do to the cost of repairs and down time? Before purchasing that new piece of equipment, take note of some of the trends in today’s farming industry.
According to Farm Industry News, some farming trends have been consistently noticed. As never before, due to increased sale of product, and increasing cost of labor, farmers are turning to newly developed machinery to help with their crop production. High-end items including auto guidance packages, remote vehicle monitoring systems and tractors, have seen an increase in sales, as the benefits are hard to ignore.
The technology of equipment like the Case IH Steiger Quadtrac is unmatched and is changing the farming industry. The Case IH Steiger Rowtrac tractor’s four track, positive drive system, which has equal size, independent and oscillating tracks, allows you to maneuver around the field faster and work with high-yield crops.
It also reduces ground pressure and minimizes compaction, all the while improving traction and makes transport much easier. Farmers can cover more ground in less time, even when field conditions are not as agreeable as you’d like.
Another trend that is being seen across the country, is the move to bigger equipment. The consolidation of smaller farms into larger farms, has required farmers to cover more acres in a season. Farmers see larger equipment as one solution to the problem of a shrinking labor supply and the costs of having a large labor force. The Case IH 380 – 4B, as an example offered by Tuttle Motor and Hardware, offers horsepower and better fuel efficiency.
Increasing the accuracy of seed placement will be on the minds of growers as they strive for better emergence, and ultimately, higher productivity. Another hot trend for 2016 will be increasing the speed at which planting can be accomplished. TheYP44 from Great Plains is for the grower who needs a superior planter that has bulk capacity with row units spaced at 22″ on center. The AirPro Air Metering System and ClearShot Seed Tubes have excellent seed spacing abilities. Large bulk tanks and better flotation also contribute to enhanced productivity.
Yes, staying current with the ever changing industry of agriculture, is paramount to success in the farming industry. Technology is changing how things work and farmers that continue their education and adapt to the changing market are thriving.