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On-farm efficiency is top of mind for Treg Shidler—his inventions have been featured five times on the $100 Ideas page. The utility vehicle stalk crusher took six to seven hours to build. The steel tubing used for the frame came from a scrap pile but is worth about $250. The stalk crushers originally cost $300. Treg and his brother, Thad, grow corn and soybeans.
Using our utility vehicle to grid sample fields proved to be hard on the tires. To minimize tire wear, we moved the stalk crushing pads from the corn head to the utility vehicle in the off-season. We attach the crushing pads to a T-frame made from 2"×2" steel tubing that simply slips in the front receiver hitch of the utility vehicle. During transport, we turn the framework/attachment upside down in the receiver hitch so that the crushers face up.
Grease Gun Rack
I was getting tired of never being able to find a grease gun when I needed it. Instead, it would be lying on a bench, sitting on a piece of equipment or nowhere to be found. I fabricated a grease gun rack using an old restaurant table base, angle iron, expanded metal and light round tubing. Now I have a place to store four grease guns, extra grease and a roll of towels.
Elk Mound, Wis.
My wife’s ornery Holstein calf was constantly getting in our stock tank and dragging mud and debris through it. I put a round-bale feeder inside the tank, which did the trick. It provides 10" to 12" clearance for the cattle to drink and in the winter, even when the water freezes, the feeder makes it easy to break up the ice.
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