$100 Ideas

$100 Ideas

$200 Double Your Money Winner: Rotating Combine Camera


I wanted to use the combine camera my wife got me for Christmas to keep an eye on multiple areas during harvest. To make the camera turn, I found a seat motor from a junkyard, secured it to a flat piece of steel using hose clamps and mounted it to the backside of the engine compartment. An eye bolt secures the motor from vibration, and a flat ¾"x4" steel piece and a U-bolt keep the motor from rotating too far. A bolt welded to a bushing fastens the camera, and a 1⁄3" bolt tapped to the side of the bushing secures the camera to the motor stem. To prevent the camera from turning too fast, I reduced the current from 12 volts to 6 volts using a double throw, double pull reversing switch and a resistor.


Roger Martzahn
Greene, Iowa


Infrared Gun Aids Corn-Drying Process

When transferring hot corn, my boss wants different temperature corn in different bins based on its ability to cool down. So I came up with the idea to use an infrared temperature gun. All I have to do is “shoot” the corn with the gun and send it to the right bin based on its temperature. This helps eliminate hot spots in the grain and maintain quality.

Brent Schaefer
Hancock, Minn.


Simple Tool to Help Grease Zerks

While servicing equipment with our battery- and air-powered grease guns, sometimes it’s hard to push the tip of the hose onto the grease zerks. I removed the tip on the grease gun and placed a flat washer on the end of the flexible hose, then replaced the tip. Now with this nifty tool, I can apply enough pressure to keep the tip on the zerks. And it was a cheap fix!

Rob Howard
London, Ohio

How to Enter

Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.

What You Win

  • All winners receive a hat and check and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and a coupon for up to $5,000 on new equipment built New Holland Smart. Their winning idea is also featured on “AgDay” television and “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100. 


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