Dan AndersonColumnist

Dan Anderson brings his vast knowledge of farm equipment, technology, machinery repair and field operations to Farm Journal readers with his column. Dan’s first freelance story appeared in Farm Journal in 1986 and he signed on as a contributing editor in 1992. Over the years, Dan has written about everything from wind and hail patterns to farmers who race stock cars in their spare time. Dan and his wife, Becky, live in rural Dallas County, Iowa. Contact him at [email protected]
Dan Anderson brings his vast knowledge of farm equipment, technology, machinery repair and field operations to Farm Journal readers with his column. Dan’s first freelance story appeared in Farm Journal in 1986 and he signed on as a contributing editor in 1992. Over the years, Dan has written about everything from wind and hail patterns to farmers who race stock cars in their spare time. Dan and his wife, Becky, live in rural Dallas County, Iowa. Contact him at [email protected]

Articles By Dan Anderson

Nov 17, 2019

In The Shop: Still Discovering Tools

I've been around tools since I was old enough to toddle after Dad as he worked on equipment. I get visited at the dealership each week by three professional tool dealers, tempting me with tools off their tool trucks. I'm surrounded by tools each day, yet I keep discovering tools
Nov 11, 2019

In The Shop: Things You Should Never Throw Away

Hoarding is unacceptable behavior in a dealership shop. If each mechanic saves left over parts and salvaged treasures, before long the the shop and grounds look like a salvage yard. So the general rule is, if you won't use it in 30 days, don't keep it. But every mechanic has
Nov 04, 2019

In The Shop: Those Wonderful Chopping Corn Heads

I know you're scrambling to finish harvest, but if you've got a chopping corn head that uses "lawn mowers" under the row units, be prepared to do some preventive maintenance before you put that corn head away for the winter. Some of those chopping units have cutting heads/hubs that rotate
Oct 30, 2019

In The Shop: Don't Bury Your Auger

I was working on a 40-year-old combine today and had to dig into the archives to get some specifications. One thing I noticed in the yellowed pages of the tech manual was a bold-faced, capitalized warning to operators of that combine: "Allow separator to run for 30 seconds after shutting
Oct 27, 2019

In The Shop: Frozen Chaffers and Sieves

This year's harvest has many folks harvesting in colder than normal conditions. Frosty mornings and the threat of snow in the coming week's forecast across much of the midwest raises questions about frozen chaffers and sieves. The problem arises when frosty or snow-covered corn is harvested. Frost or snow crystals
Oct 16, 2019

In The Shop: My New Favorite Work Light

This year's late harvest will find many of us working after dark. I see a lot of different types of flashlights, lanterns and work lights in combine and tractor cabs as customers prepare to light the night while doing maintenance and making repairs. I carry a mini-flashlight in my pocket,
Oct 12, 2019

In The Shop: Tracks vs. Tires During a Muddy Harvest

Miserably wet field conditions have customers scrambling to retrofit their combines to deal with mud. Several years ago, during a wet fall, many farmers in this area installed tracks on their combines. Others added rear-wheel-drive systems. Since then, super-wide Low Sidewall (LSW) tires have gained popularity. Here's what I'm hearing
Oct 09, 2019

In The Shop: The Tatoo

My younger brother, Bill, passed away from lung cancer a couple weeks ago. He was left-handed, and known in our family for his distinctive style of printing. He was also known for leaving notes. He and his 22-year-old daughter had a "thing" where they would leave each other nagging notes
Oct 01, 2019

My Grandson Learns About Aftermarket Parts

My pre-teen grandson is into off-road motorcycles. He's learning to work on them, and one of the lessons he's learned has been about "bolt-on parts." He ordered on the internet a bunch of ignition, carburetor and exhaust parts guaranteed to make his dirt bike go faster and leap farther. He