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Jan 5, 2010 by Lee Hart

Now that’s a good calendar

The year is off to a better start already, compared to
2009.  Last year my CaseIH calendar
didn’t arrive in the mail until sometime in April (that was for the 2009
calendar year) so it really was too late.

I had already found a good calendar to put on the wall above
my office phone. So I wasn’t going to change it in April. For 2010, the CaseIH
calendar arrived in late December, just in time to make the cut.

Now for the month of January I can observe on a daily basis
this happy farmer driving a red chore tractor as he cleans up manure in a dairy
feed yard. I did cheat and looked ahead to February, and it features someone
with a front-wheel assist red tractor, cultivating a field and in the corner of
the photo is a satellite receiver atop a tripod in the field.

I’m assuming it is one of those RTK (Real-Time Kinematic)
systems that helps those with GPS and autosteer to reduce implement overlap to
a micrometer. (I didn’t know it either until I looked it up, but a micrometer
is one millionth of a metre). I don’t think the RTK systems are quite that
accurate, but they can supposedly reduce overlap to a few centimeters.

Regardless of tractor color, the most important feature of a
calendar to me is the size of the print. How easy is it to read from 2 ½ to
three feet away?  Do I have to
squint, or put on my glasses? Are the boxes for each day well defined? Do they
have room for a couple notes? Does it show the phases of the moon, and most Christian
holidays? 

The CaseIH calendar does all that and more. It even has a
daily count off, so you can see how many days of the year are completed, and
how many days there are left in the year. (July 1 is actually the truest
mid-point – 182 days completed, and 183 days to go. – I cheated again and
looked ahead. July features a big red round baler, putting up hay on what might
be a dairy and elk farm.)

The CaseIH calendar passed the test on all counts, and the
calendar even offers a contest to win a $1,000 CNH gift card. I will leave the
contest for the paying customers. My luck I would win, but what could I get for
$1,000 from Case?  I guess I could
give it to my brother-in-law who has all green machinery, but then that would
really confuse things.

Anyway, I can easily read the calendar dates from a good
three feet away, without glasses, and that’s a good thing. CaseIH is the best.

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Lee Hart

Lee Hart


Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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