$100 Ideas

February 8, 2013 08:40 PM
$100 Ideas
p24 100 dollar ideas 1

Ray Reimann
Hay Springs, Neb.

You can join our $100 Ideas Club!Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each.

$200 Double Your Money Winner!

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

p24 100 dollar ideas 3

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. 

Philip Koubsky
Glenwood, Minn. 

Sump Opener

p24 100 dollar ideas 4

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.

Kenneth Waldner
Miller, S.D.

To submit your unpublished idea, which must include a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number, write to $100 Ideas, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 1188, Johnston, IA 50131-9421, e-mail $100-Ideas@farmjournal.com or fill out the entry form at www.farmjournal.com/enter_100_ideas. Winners receive a hat and a check. All published material becomes Farm Journal Media property.


Back to news


Spell Check

2/18/2013 03:03 PM

  A piece of #9 wire works real good keeping spare shovels on the implement. Cheap and easy too.


Corn College TV Education Series


Get nearly 8 hours of educational video with Farm Journal's top agronomists. Produced in the field and neatly organized by topic, from spring prep to post-harvest. Order now!


Market Data provided by QTInfo.com
Brought to you by Beyer