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5 Tips for Buying a Sprayer in a Down Ag Economy

After facing years of challenging grain markets, general farmer optimism is starting to rebound. As improving sentiment translates into making much-needed machinery purchases – including sprayers – it’s important for potential buyers to stay well-informed about local market conditions and how factors like available inventory and demand influence prices. At the same time, it’s important […]

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Planting corn late? High yields still possible

They are the words farmers hate to hear at planting: cool, wet spring. Much of the U.S. Corn Belt is experiencing lower-than-normal temperatures and higher-than-normal rainfall so far this spring. The weather conditions have stalled corn planting, according to the April 28 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. The USDA report indicated just 19 […]

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Reminder: Save big with the Section 179 deduction before it expires

Increased limits with the Section 179 deduction and bonus depreciation are about to expire, so now is the time to purchase equipment. If you were debating about making an equipment purchase before the end of the year, you still have an advantage. Purchase before the end of the year, and you may qualify for the […]

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Boost your savings with Section 179

Congress extended many tax deductions in 2013, including one important one for U.S. farmers. Unless Congress extends the Section 179 tax deduction, it is set to expire on Dec. 31. Equipment purchases made in either 2012 or 2013 can take advantage of the $500,000 deduction limit. Previously, the deduction limit was $125,000, but was retroactively […]

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5 reasons you need to start planting cover crops

Cover crops are a growing trend. Farmers are finding many benefits from cover crops in their fields and cash crops. Ranging from increased yields to better soil health, farmers have many reasons to plant cover crops. 1. Cover crops help minimize the effects of adverse weather on cash crops According to a survey conducted by […]

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Farmers warned to review crop insurance

While planting is wrapping up in many areas, a great deal of farmers still face the possibility of not getting crops in on time for the crop insurance final planting date. Final planting dates vary by area and crop. The final planting date is the last date that acres can be planted and still receive […]

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How crop rotation patterns affect your yield

Crop rotation trends vary depending on the crops growers are dealing with, and these trends can ultimately affect your yield and soil quality. Rotation practices and tillage systems can help you maximize your yield. Certain times when crop prices are high and input costs are low, growers may see value in using a continuous cropping […]

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5 things you should consider to avoid spray drift

Lowering the risk of spray drift is a top priority for any applicator due to the many problems associated with drift. Ranging from government fines to crop damage, spray drift can be a great liability to applicators if not managed appropriately. In order to get the most out of your applications this spring, while lowering […]

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Enhance your bottom line with Section 179

2013 AS1220 Plus II tackling 40% grades in eastern Washington. If you’ve been on the fence trying to decided whether to buy new or used equipment for your operation, this is definitely the year to buy. Section 179 is a generous tax deduction of $139,000 available for most new and used capital equipment. However, the […]

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Self-propelled Sprayer ROI – Part II

Self-propelled Sprayer ROI Part II: Performing a Cost-of-Ownership Calculation Navigating the purchase of a self-propelled (SP) sprayer can be intimidating. You may be asking yourself such questions as: “Can I afford it given the acreage I farm?” “I know it is a good investment, but how long will it take to pay for itself?” “Is […]

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