Friday, March 27, 2015

‘Tis the Seeding Season

The coming of spring means a lot of things to a lot of people—almost all of those things being optimistic and enthusiastic. But for our nation’s agriculture industry, spring brings a lot of hard work and a good deal of hope.

After all, for farmers around the country, seeding season is fast approaching and depending on where exactly these farmers are, timing is everything. But many people in and around the industry are wondering how this spring’s seeding will go, given the extremely frigid winter many areas experienced. How will the country’s farmers fare?

While Grand Forks Herald reported that “farmers are starting to get antsy about getting into the fields,” and that many farmers won’t start planting wheat until early April. It seems the weather is now cooperating, and others are feeling more optimistic.

“U.S. Midwest farmers,” according to this article, “will be happy,” and the author predicts that much of the U.S. will be able to begin planting earlier this year than in the past few years. Kansas has seen a slightly better March than in 2014, and in Oklahoma, it’s “substantially better than last year.”

Another reason for optimism? While nothing’s a certainty when it comes to Mother Nature, the U.S. Weather Service three-month outlook for various areas of the country, including the southern plains, calls for average temperatures and precipitation, and in agriculture, average is good.

On a final note of good news, it seems 2014-2015 could see record increases in demand for corn, soybeans, and wheat. 2015 is expected to see the second highest year on record for agricultural exports.*

So while much of the country took a beating this winter, there’s plenty of room for positivity. That said, we at PEER continue to stand behind our country’s agricultural industry, offering the best bearings for their needs. Our maintenance-free solutions extend equipment life, reduce costs, and meet the highest standards—all while being environmentally-friendly. So farmers can focus on their plantings, not on worrying about their equipment’s bearings.

Here’s to a fruitful, successful spring season!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Save the Date: National AG Day, March 18

As Americans, we have many things to celebrate and be thankful for. One of them is the abundant, healthful, delicious food we have access to every day. More specifically, it’s important to celebrate the agriculture industry—the reason for all of this and more. 

While we should be grateful to the industry each and every day, we can officially celebrate it—and the countless people and companies that make it what it is—on March 18, 2015 during National Ag Day.

Photo Courtesy: National AG Day
National Ag Day is meant to be a day of recognition and celebration, a day during which we acknowledge the fact that our agriculture industry provides us with almost everything we eat, wear, and rely on. Through this recognition, along with education on a national and community level, the National Ag Day organizers hope to instill in all Americans an understanding of how the industry produces food, fiber, and renewable resource products, as well as the role of the industry in our economy, our safety, and in Americans’ employment.

Agricultural understanding—or Ag literacy—means healthier children and adults, rewarding careers for millions of people, and a stronger economy. In order to celebrate the day, there will be events throughout the country, including educational events at schools and universities, celebrations and product demonstrations at companies, farms, and organizations, and festivities in the form of breakfasts, farmer’s markets, mall exhibits, and more. In fact, anyone and everyone can participate.

At PEER, we are incredibly proud of everyone involved in the agriculture industry, and we welcome this opportunity to celebrate them. After all, we work with members of the industry every day, supplying our bearings to farmers around the country. We are proud to produce agricultural bearings that increase productivity and longevity while reducing costs and supporting our nation’s farms and farmers. In this way, we know our bearings play a role in this critical industry, and we’re thankful for their business, and for the work they do.

Currently, every American farmer feeds over 144 people; on March 18 (and every day after that!), we can all thank them for this.