Knuth Farms In France

Kerry at Claas Academy in France as part of a focus group test driving Arion 600 series and Axion 800 series tractors. The focus group was one of many Claas brings in from around the world to test and compare their tractors to competitors such as John Deere, Case IH, and Fendt.

Claas Acadamy

 

 

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Dressed For Success

Trying on our latest tractor purchase and outfitting for the season. The 2015 season will see us in one of only six Xerion tractors in the United States.

The Claas Xerion 5000 features:

– Six different steering modes – Standard, All-Wheel, Single-Sided Crab, Gentle Mode, Full Crab.
– Over 500 hp continuously variable transmission.
– 35 mph.
– High torque at low engine speeds, 1000 rpm PTO at an engine speed of 1730 rpm.
Tier 4 compliant.
Accessorizing the Xerion we have ...

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Spring 2014

Welcome back to the second year of our Growing Season blog. We have been busy out in the fields already, putting a few seeds in the ground. We started April 20th planting corn but only were able to get half our acres in before rain chased us out of the field Sunday the 27th. That’s not all bad however as the temperatures dropped back down into the 40’s and 50’s the last few days so the combination of cold temps ...

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Fields of Gold

Wheat harvest is finally here, we started cutting our first wheat field Saturday July 19th with help from Jeff Gray, product coordinator and combine guru for Claas of North America. Jeff helped us set all the settings on the combine perfect for a great harvest.

While harvest is going on in the wheat, irrigation is ramping up in the corn and soybean fields. Both corn and soybeans are at their most critical reproductive stages so our job is to reduce as ...

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Geographical Information System

Geographically reference data layers are the foundation on which we build our cropping plans.

In 2009, we took our precision-agronomic practices to the next level. We took EM or (electromagnetic) surveys of each of our fields. EM-mapping measures soil properties such as soil texture, water holding capacity, salinity, bulk density and cation exchange capacity. The survey maps the spatial variability of these soil properties on 70′ paths at 2 meter resolution. RTK (Real Time Kinematic) elevation measurements were also recorded to ...

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How We Handle Irrigation

Keeping the crop watered at critical stages in the growing season is a key factor in final yield. Countless hours can be spent driving from field to field checking the status of each pivot. Depending on the number of pivots and the miles in between, this action can be a full-time job.

Since 1997, we have relied on remote communication to monitor and program our irrigation systems. Instead of driving out to the different locations, we can accomplish setup, configuration and ...

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Commitment to Agronomy

Our commitment to use the latest technology in our farming operations has lead to less waste and greater efficiency. Site-specific information along with GPS positioning enables us to accurately place inputs down to the inch to reduce the overall application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Web-based decision support software and in-field weather stations gives us the ability to monitor real-time field conditions and schedule irrigation events based on field-water loss and precipitation. A crop is only watered when and where ...

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Tracking the Weather

So much of what can be accomplished on a farm in one day is dependent on weather. Variables such as wind speed and direction, rain, air and soil temperature can sometimes be the deciding factor of whether to head to the field or keep the equipment in the shed, whether to schedule an irrigation event or shut it down. Site-specific weather data in real-time is a powerful tool for staying on top of growing conditions in a field and planning ...

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Software on Knuth Farms

In today’s agriculture you’re more likely to see a producer with an electronic device in their hand rather than a pitchfork. We still raise the same animals, and grow the same crops, but the way in which we do so has changed. Precision Ag is writing a new chapter in agriculture and it has a digital signature.

From the soil the seed is planted into, to the last kernel put into the bin, a database is tracking it.

Below is a sample ...

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