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The 10 Rules of Corn Planting

Today I present to you “Keith’s 10 rules of Planting Corn in the Western Corn Belt.” I have borrowed a couple from another list I saw, but mainly these are rules that I myself, or other agronomists here at CVA, have been promoting for several years.
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Don’t Let Closed Doors Lead to Precision Dormancy

I’ve always been a sucker for fortune cookies and cracking one open after what amounted to a pretty mediocre sweet and sour chicken, the message read, “when one door closes, another opens.” As cliché an outlook as can be, but it did get me thinking about the ongoing challenges many dealers face as we head into spring planting.
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When Hardware Breaks

Even though we don’t want to admit it, there are very few things on our operations that have 100% uptime. Everything that is mechanical or electronic is subject to a breakdown.
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International Organization Releases Guidelines for Ag Data Research

An international agricultural research group has created a set of guidelines for organizations using agricultural data in research projects. CGIAR is the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. CGIAR and is a consortium of 15 international research centers. CGIAR has developed a Platform for Big Data in Agriculture that advocates for open data use for agricultural research.
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All Electric Excavator is a Preview of Farm Equipment to Come

Electric vehicles are coming. Audi’s 2019 Super Bowl ad promises that one-third of its cars will be electric by 2025. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan, Porsche, Kia, and Volvo are all launching new electric cars this year. Ford announced it will even build an all-electric F150. As battery prices come down and all-electric drive becomes more mainstream, will we see farm equipment similarly embrace this technology?
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