Hay Springs, Neb.
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As he built his rolling electric fence, Ray Reimann calculated the amount of corn on the ground and the number of cattle being grazed to determine that the fence needed to be moved 175' every couple of days. The Reimanns raise cattle, corn, wheat, hay and dry beans.
Center Pivot Electric Fence
After combining a wind-tattered field littered with ears of corn, I created a center pivot electric fence to graze cattle. I started with a hot wire fence around the perimeter of the field, then ran a line to the center pivot. I threaded polywire through the irrigation structure, using the proper insulators and brackets. To keep the wire level, I suspended nine plastic center posts from the top of the pivot using twine. The polywire runs through the posts and can easily be adjusted to compensate for slopes. An electric fence handle connects the center pivot wire to the perimeter fence.
On Board Shovel Storage
A shovel storage rack keeps spare field cultivator parts on the tool rather than in the tractor cab. I made a box frame with two 5'x 2½" pieces of flat iron each bent to a 90° angle on one end. Brackets on each end and in the middle secure a ½" steel rod holding the shovel in place. Two U-shaped brackets attach the box to the implement.
I’ve always had a problem opening sumps on our grain bins–either breaking tools or skinning my knuckles. So I took a used implement jack I had sitting around the shop and welded the jack stand to the sump opener and the top of the jack to the auger tube. Now I can open the sumps with minimal effort and coordinate the flow out of the bin to the unloading auger loading the truck.
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- Mid February 2013