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February 6, 2016 02:50 AM

By Sara Brown and Ben Potter

What a Day: Pivot Problems


A glitch with an irrigation pivot left a frozen river running through the farmer’s field, making it tricky to ice-skate to the shutoff.

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.

Share Your Complaints About U.S. Roads and Bridges


When the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a D on its 2013 report card and a list of changes totaling $3.6 trillion, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) took note. Taking a new approach, AEM created Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, a crowd-sourced competition with $150,000 in prizes for ideas to overhaul America’s crumbling infrastructure. The competition has three phases. The “Complain Phase” asks the public to describe infrastructure challenges in their community. The “Dream Phase” will solicit new ideas from all sources. The “Build Phase” will attempt to implement solutions. The first deadline to enter is March 15, 2016. For more information, visit herox.com/Infrastructure2050.

Stat Rack

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s 
Infrastructure. In 2013, the U.S. earned a D . Here’s why:

66,749- Bridges rated structurally deficient; 30% have exceeded their 50-year design life.

42%- Major urban highways remain congested, costing $101 billion in wasted fuel

$200 billion- Cost of bottlenecks on freight railroads  

22%- Estimated growth in railroad freight tonnage by 2035

45'- Navigation channel depth needed for large container ships to enter U.S. ports. Most West Coast ports comply; only five Atlantic ports and one Gulf port comply.

$3.6 trillion- Total cost to fix U.S. infrastructure problems

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