Between planting and scouting, testing and harvesting, conserving and managing, the work on a row crop farm is endless. On this family farm in Iowa, two Polaris RANGERs and a Sportsman 850 are essential tools for everyday chores.
It’s harvest season near Boone, Iowa, and Sean Blomgren drives his RANGER 1000 out to a cornfield and pulls a sample from a stalk. He flips down the RANGER’s tailgate to set up a makeshift field lab with testing equipment that he hauls in the cargo box. He peels the husk off the ear of corn, breaks off a pile of kernels, and pours them into a tester to evaluate moisture. Then he catalogs the results to analyze the information.
It’s an example of how technology has made row crop farms like his faster and more data-driven, and for Blomgren, 37, two Polaris RANGER 1000s and a Sportsman 850 are vital parts of the business equation. “They’re an important part of what we do,” says Blomgren, who, along with his uncle, aunt, and cousin, grows both corn and soybeans on his family’s 150-year-old farm that now comprises 3,000 acres. He also operates a commercial seed business and a conservation business that does prairie installation, seeding, and management. “From field testing to getting us from point A to B, the RANGERs and the Sportsman help us finish our jobs quicker. They are fast, easy to hop in and out of, and far more nimble than a truck or a tractor. We’ve relied on them even more as our business has grown. They’re our go-to tools."