$100 Ideas

$100 Ideas
Jeff Montegut
Poplarville, Miss.

$200 Double Your Money Winner!

In 30 minutes, Jeff Montegut built an automatic fill system for his sprayer. He uses a smartphone app to calibrate the depth of the clamps with the desired gallons of water. Montegut has been farming for 35 years. He raises cattle and hay. 

Automatic Spray Tank Filler


I found a way to make sure the hose never falls out of my sprayer tank and shuts off automatically when the water reaches the right level. First, nail together scrap wood to form a cross that fits over the fill hole of the sprayer tank. Next, drill a 13⁄8" hole through the boards and insert a series of 1" PVC pipes pieced together until you have a bend that will slip through the hole in the tank. At the end of the pipe that goes into the tank, attach a 1" inline water trough fill valve. At the other end, on the outside of the tank, attach a cutoff valve and a fitting for a garden hose. To make the valve fill the tank to the desired level, attach a hose clamp to the pipe above and below the boards, which limits how deep the valve will go into the tank. 


One-Hand Gate Latch

It sure is helpful to open and close gates with just one hand. Make a latch out of a U-shaped piece of flat iron and bolt it to your gate post. Find a ring that will move up and down freely through the inside of the latch and secure it with a bolt. When the gate closes, the ring falls down and secures the gate shut.

David C. Kehrli
Manchester, Iowa


Swing Out Toolbox For A Flatbed Pickup

Without fail, the toolbox on my truck bed would get in the way when I was pulling a gooseneck trailer. I solved the issue by making a pivoting frame for the toolbox that allows me to swing it out of the way. The toolbox sits on a ¼" sheet metal platform complete with a handle. A 3" pipe, welded to the front corner of the platform, slips into a bracket that’s bolted to the bed frame, allowing the toolbox to pivot. To secure the toolbox against the rear window, a pin slips into a 1" receiving pipe that’s welded to the platform and reinforced with a 6" square plate bolted to the bed. 

Ryan Seamann
Spalding, Neb.

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Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.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