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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 danderson@farmjournal.com.
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 danderson@farmjournal.com.

Articles By Dan Anderson

Aug 14, 2019

Dan Anderson: 5 Tips to Troubleshoot Combine Problems

Here are five common phone calls we receive at the equipment dealership during harvest — and five possible solutions to fix the problems before requesting a service call:
Aug 13, 2019

Adjust Your Combine to Reduce Damage to High Moisture Corn

Moisture levels are going to be all over the board when combines roll this fall. In high-moisture situations, a few simple combine adjustments can minimize grain damage.
Aug 11, 2019

In The Shop: When to Buy a Tool

Buying tools is a love/hate thing for me. I like having tools, but REALLY have trouble spending money on tools. For years I've had a policy that if I have to borrow a tool from a co-worker more than three times, it's time to buy that tool. Lately, I've reached
Aug 08, 2019

in The Shop: The Downside of Automated Sieve Adjustments

In recent years our dealership has seen a dramatic increase in damaged chaffers (aka, top sieve) in combines. Rows of louvers are bent forward, and in many cases, entire rows of louvers are missing. When the damage is pointed out to the combine's owner, they usually admit that, "Yeah, it
Aug 01, 2019

In The Shop: The Dangers of Bored Mechanics

The dog days of summer often encourage mechanics to find ways to entertain themselves during breaks and lunch hours. Some of the pranks they pull on each other can be creative. I remember one young feller who spent the better part of a week rebuilding the final drive in a
Jul 28, 2019

In The Shop: High-Mileage Combine Sieves

I don't know if manufacturers are using less durable metal, or if it's because of higher average yields and more acres-per-producer, but we're seeing a lot more wear to sieves than in years past. Maybe it's because producers keep machinery longer due to poor commodity prices. Whatever the reason, it's
Jul 28, 2019

In The Shop: High-Mileage Combine Sieves

I don't know if manufacturers are using less durable metal, or if it's because of higher average yields and more acres-per-producer, but we're seeing a lot more wear to sieves than in years past. Maybe it's because producers keep machinery longer due to poor commodity prices. Whatever the reason, it's
Jul 21, 2019

Greasy Shop Tips

A few tips and tricks I've learned about grease guns and grease over the years: -It's best to store grease tubes vertically. I once stored a carton of grease tubes horizontally on a shelf. I had intermittent problems with "air locking" the grease gun, especially in cool or cold weather.
Jul 18, 2019

Can You Throw Away A Tool?

The bosses recently had me move from one shop building to another. I'd been in that shop for 27 years, and found the move both interesting and traumatic. The interesting part was finding all the tools and gadgets and accessories I'd stashed in my corner over the years. It was