March Maintenance

March 3, 2023

Winter Metal silos

As February goes out with a bang… Snow, rain, and freezing rain, along with lower-than-wanted market price for corn but then also a decrease in fertilizer prices… We’re eager to see what the March maintenance period has in store for us!

Despite the weather conditions, and the guys having to plow snow and salt, we remain in a good position going into March. February allowed us to get our contracted corn delivered, service all tractors and combines, and make significant progress on our farm planning. On the 13th, Paul drove down to attend the National Farm Equipment Show in Louisville, KY. I joined him for two days. My main focus was looking for new strip-till rigs as well as the varieties of cover crop applications. While the John Deere portion of the show was a bit disappointing, with their equipment appearing to be used and at least a year old, other companies showcased their latest and greatest machinery.

Currently, the team is working on assembling our new side dress toolbar in the shop. This includes installing the liquid plumbing and Y-drops to apply nitrogen next to the growing corn plant. They’re also going through our JD1990 Air Seeder to ensure it’s ready for soybean planting. Afterwards, we’ll bring in our corn planter. Hopefully, we won’t have much to do other than re-run the liquid fertilizer plumbing to enhance it for us. Next up, we’ll check our fertilizer and seed tenders for any issues with pumps, tires, wheel bearings, and other components. We’re still waiting for our new 8RX tractor and the Dawn strip till machine to arrive.

This month, we’re hopeful that the corn market will rebound, allowing us to move more corn. We’re also looking forward to the weather improving so we can get into the fields to trim tree lines back. I plan to finalize our farm plan and secure the rest of our chemical and fertilizer needs. Lastly, John Deere will be updating all our JD equipment displays to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest software. After the March maintenance period is over, spring will be here before we know it!

Written by Tyler Emhoff

  • Holtz Farms tractors and silos

    Spring Planting: A Season of Growth and Preparations

    Planting Soybeans and Strip Till Fertilizer We kicked off our spring planting season on April 15th with enthusiasm and determination. Our focus was clear: to prepare our fields for a productive season ahead. We wasted no time and planted 650 acres of soybeans and have already completed 650 acres of strip till fertilizer application. This…

    Read more: Spring Planting: A Season of Growth and Preparations
  • January Blog Post Header

    Preparing for a Prosperous 2024

    As 2023 comes to an end, our farm crew seized the opportunity of extended favorable weather to delve into various initiatives aimed at optimizing our agricultural practices.

    Read more: Preparing for a Prosperous 2024
  • Tom overseeing the farm field

    Welcome to The Green and Gold Farmer

    Welcome to the Holtz Farms official blog, The Green and Gold Farmer! We’re happy to have you join us on our journey in becoming better farmers.

    Read more: Welcome to The Green and Gold Farmer
  • New Diesel Fuel Tank

    Equipment Overhauls: Precision Mapping and Spring Preparations

    February has been relatively kind to us in terms of weather here on the farm — however this time of year is always saved for equipment overhauls, so, it doesn’t really matter what the temperature outside is like.

    Read more: Equipment Overhauls: Precision Mapping and Spring Preparations