Machinery News

Farm Shops

  • Portable Soldering

    07/27/2016 08:56 PM A tool for soldering where we need to solder.
  • Questions of Rural Etiquette
    07/24/2016 04:42 PM Questions Emily Post never answered.
  • Wrist Busters by Another Name
    07/22/2016 08:24 PM Call them ratcheting power wrenches, or right angle power wrenches if you want. I call them wrist busters.
  • It's Okay To Have A Pet Hammer
    07/15/2016 04:45 PM I finally proved to myself that it's okay to have a favorite hammer.
  • Some Greasy Answers
    07/03/2016 08:18 PM Some grease is better than no grease, but some greases are better than other greases.
  • The Great Torch Debate Continues
    06/29/2016 08:33 PM I'm not sure if the debate is "old school vs. new school," or if it's "crude vs. sophisticated," but the debate continues.
  • A Tool Worth The Cost
    06/26/2016 09:30 AM Sometimes you have to celebrate getting your money's worth from a tool.
  • How Do You Remove a Bearing?
    06/25/2016 05:50 AM

    The bearing removal debate continues...acetylene torch or air hammer? Regardless of your preference, remember there are risks associated with each.

  • A Farmer's Funeral
    06/18/2016 10:34 AM A fitting end to a life well-lived.

$100 Idea

Do you have a really great idea that has made life easier on your farm? 

Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. Upon publication, you’ll receive a hat and check. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each.

Submit your own $100 Idea.


What A Day!

Have you ever had one of those days? These farmers sure have!

If you've had one of those days—or caught someone else's on film—we'd love to share it with our readers. Link to the gallery and submit your own What a Day! online.

To submit by by mail:

What a Day!, Farm Journal

P.O. Box 958

Mexico, MO 65265


  • Irrigation District Accused of Cheating Oregon Farmers

    07/05/2016 07:10 PM

    Some northeast Oregon farmers have filed a federal complaint alleging they were cheated out of water.

  • No Easy Fix to Looming Water Crisis
    06/27/2016 05:00 AM

    When southwest Kansas farmer Kent Dunn looks to the horizon, he sees golden fields of wheat, now being harvested. He also sees what might lie in store for his grandchildren, who will be fifth-generation farmers, as the Ogallala Aquifer groundwaters disappear.

  • Take the Guesswork Out of Irrigation
    06/25/2016 02:04 AM

    Sensor technology helps farmers make water choices that save money and boost yield

  • Irrigation Timing Doesn't Have to Be Guesswork
    06/24/2016 12:00 PM

    Guesswork and irrigation are long-time farming partners, but it can be a happy-in-hell marriage. When to turn on the spigot? How much water to deliver? Every farm soaks and dries in isolation because one field’s irrigation recipe is another’s death sentence.

  • Could Subsurface Drip-Irrigated Rice Work?
    06/15/2016 03:32 PM

    Drip irrigation is common enough in some orchard and vegetable crops, but research is underway to study another crop’s response to drip irrigation – rice, a row crop that typically sits partially submerged in several inches of water for part of the growing season.

  • Irrigation Recipe for Smarter Fields, Bigger Yields
    05/26/2016 02:00 PM

    Guesswork and irrigation are long-time farming partners, but it’s a happy-in-hell marriage for many producers. When to turn on the spigot? How much water to deliver? AgSmarts, a company at the vanguard of precision agriculture, is relieving the irrigation timing burden through a one-stop, catch-all sensor network.

  • Irrigation Season Starts in Umatilla Basin
    04/11/2016 10:30 AM

    Ray Kopacz shouted over the rumbling of the cement truck one recent morning as workers patched up a break in the Stanfield Branch Furnish Ditch that cost farmers a full day's worth of irrigation water.

  • Where Will Fire Ant March End?
    04/05/2016 09:00 AM

    Invasive fire ants, six-legged devils barely an eighth of an inch long, are a scourge to farming and livestock production. Keep the granule bait close, and the Benadryl closer.

  • Water Supply Improves for Farms in Oregon, Idaho
    03/25/2016 10:00 AM

    Farms in Oregon and Idaho that rely on water from the Owyhee Reservoir will be getting a larger allotment this year.

Precision Ag

  • How to Deal With Data Before, During and After Harvest

    07/28/2016 08:30 AM

    Farmers have heard time and again. Your on-farm data – especially yield data collected at harvest – is valuable. That’s why it’s critical to take proper steps to ensure this data is collected correctly.

  • Farmers Talk Tech Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs
    07/20/2016 12:00 PM

    Illinois farmer Steve Pitstick joined Iowa farmer Jayson Willimack and Illinois farmer Dustin Spears on a farmer panel during the 2016 Farm Journal Technology and Data field day, held July 19 in Heyworth, Ill.

  • 6 Tips to Make Data Work Harder and Smarter
    07/19/2016 02:47 PM

    “If you don’t measure, you won’t know where to start.” That was Brad Beutke’s advice for farmers attending the 2016 Farm Journal Technology field day.

  • How to Advance Technology on Your Farm
    07/19/2016 02:00 PM

    What’s the first move in determining if a new technology is worth investing in for your farming operation? Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie suggests dusting off your calculator.

  • Farmers Lobbying for Right to Fix Own Tractors
    07/10/2016 07:00 PM

    Gone are the days when farmers could be their own mechanics. Just taking a peek under the metaphorical hood of the computers that run the big tractor could put Minchow in violation of the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

  • Get Your Bachelor's in Precision Ag
    07/07/2016 04:45 PM

    If you know a young person who loves agriculture and technology, you might want to tell them to check out South Dakota State University for college.

  • Janzen: Will Big Data Help the Small Farm, Large Farm, or Both?
    06/26/2016 01:29 PM

    Moving data to the cloud is not for everyone, but a surprising number of similar complaints are heard from both “small” and “large” farms. So, who is big data really for, the small farm or large farm?

  • Video
    How About a Robot Helper for the Farm?
    06/22/2016 12:00 PM

    You’ve heard about UAVs – better known as drones – but what about a UGV? 

  • World's Largest Robotic Dairy Coming to Chile
    06/22/2016 10:12 AM

    Chile will become the future home of the world’s largest robotic dairy by the start of 2017.