Tailgate Talk

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What A Day: Over the Highway and Into the Ditch

A skiff of snow had stopped harvest enough to bring the combine home. Travel on gravel was fine, but a turn onto pavement sent the combine into a spin and slid it off in the ditch tipping it on its side! Thank goodness  there were no injuries.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

She’s Got A Passion for Antique Tractors

Tractor enthusiasts might have seen Rachel Gingell’s interview with Machinery Pete in November about her new app, “Tractor Guide.” The app helps you locate the year a tractor was built by entering its serial number. It costs 99¢ for iPhone users, with an Android app coming soon. As an auctioneer and antique enthusiast, she built the app after always needing a blue book at auctions. “Carrying around the book is clumsy. There had to be a way to put that into an app,” Gingell says. 

The tech-savvy 22-year-old Lapeer, Mich., auctioneer has her own online company, She Sold It, but her passion is selling and repairing tractors.

“Tractors run in our family,” she says. “My dad used to have a tractor dealership, and it’s something I’ve always been involved with.”

You can find her detailed repair videos at www.farmtractorrepair.com. “It’s always easier to have someone tell you how to fix something, rather than looking in a manual,” she says. “I try to use ordinary tools farmers have in their sheds.”

Stat Rack

The past few years have brought weather challenges of all kinds. In 2013, however, farmers used irrigation on fewer acres.

88.5 million: Acre-feet of water was applied to 55.3 million acres, an average of 1.6 acre-feet of water per acre 

55%: Irrigation water sourced from wells and applied to open fields

229,237: U.S. farms use irrigation, a decline since 2008 when 235,715 farms irrigated 55.5 million acres

52%: Irrigated U.S. acres are located in five states—Nebraska, California, Arkansas, Texas and Idaho

$521.9 million: Amount farmers spent on water conservation efforts on 2.7 million acres

$118.8 million: Amount farmers spent on energy conservation on 927,091 acres 



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