The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Hit the Spot." You can find the article on page 54 in the March 2011 issue.
A simple, inexpensive catch can stand can be built using:
1. 32 oz. disposable soda cup (Taco Bell cup)
2. 3 inch plastic drain pipe cut to 5 inch in length
3. 2 x 3 inch stud, cut to length to wedge into plastic drain pipe
4. Steel (step-in) electric fence post
Assembly directions: The 2 x 3 inch stud chunks wedge into the base of the cut plastic drain pipe sections, and make the transition between the cup and post. Electric fence post should fit snug into the drill hole. The screw may be placed through the side of the plastic drain pipe into the 2 x 3 inch” stud chunks. Electric fence post and cups can be stored and transported in separate stacks.
The total cost per unit is less than one dollar and requires only a saw and a drill. The catch can stand will allow data collection in fields with crops up to 30 inches.
Source: Lyndon Kelley, Michigan State University
- March 2011