Perfectionism, control issues and getting caught up in the details are all positives in achieving the elusive extra bushel. And equipment manufacturers are delivering the tools to give producers ultimate control at planting.
As corn follows in wheat’s footsteps and becomes more intensively managed, experts see growers leaning more heavily on their own self-propelled sprayers. And the need will be greater as growers push populations.
Harvest brings a broad spectrum of issues to the 300-bushel table, including staying at 300 bushels once the mark is achieved. Those harvesting high-yielding crops are already struggling with the sheer volume of grain at harvest.
While equipment manufacturers, dealers, crop advisors and other specialists work to solve the current puzzles of meeting the 300-bushel challenge, they also need to keep an eye on potential future roadblocks such as the following.
Surpassing 300 bushels on the combine monitor doesn’t equate to 300 bushels at market. There is still the potential for grain loss if it isn’t stored properly or if loading, unloading and truck turnaround slow harvest.
In this episode of Farm Equipment's Thought Leader Series, Associate Research Editor Ben Thorpe sits down with Ken Zuckerberg, lead economist and sector strategist for grains and farm Inputs at CoBank.
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