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

May 27, 2020

In The Shop: Temporary Fix for Oil Leaks...?

If you've got a slow oil leak on a gearbox, possibly even an engine crankcase or hydraulic reservoir, consider this temporary fix to get you by until you have time to fix it "right." Drain the oil from the component, then hook a shop vacuum cleaner up to a fill
Seed Placement
May 13, 2020

Tell Me No Lies: How to Ground Truth Your Seed Monitor

Should you have healthy doubt about what you’re reading on your seed monitor? How often do you need to double check or recalibrate?

planter-rolling
Apr 30, 2020

7 Resources to Maintain Hydraulic Hoses

As farmers continue planting day after day to get as much done as possible, it puts more wear and tear on planter parts. Specifically, check planter hydraulic hoses to make sure they’re working as expected.

Apr 28, 2020

In The Shop: Now For Something Completely Different

After more than 11 years and in excess of 500 "In The Shop" blogs, I'm downshifting. I retired from the dealership earlier this month. As I suspected, now that I'm not intimately and daily involved with farmers and farm equipment, it's a challenge to come up with a steady stream
Apr 18, 2020

In The Shop: Don't Get a Bigger Hammer

If you've ever changed seed tube guards that are attached with roll pins to the bottom of a planter row unit shank, you know they're a pain to remove and install. If you use a hammer and punch, the shank acts as a spring and absorbs the energy of your
Apr 13, 2020

In The Shop: First Day in the Field with Hi-Tech Planters

In my last blog I went over some common first-day-in-the field setup tips for planters. This time I'll focus on issues common with planters that have a lot of high-tech components that need special attention. If the planter uses an air compressor to activate row shut-offs, to provide downforce for
Apr 10, 2020

in The Shop: First Day Planting--In Case You Forgot How

Just in case you forgot since last year: -Tined row cleaners should be set just high enough to move root balls, clumps of crop residue and the occasional rock. When you look back at the planter while planting, only 1/3 of the row cleaners should be turning at any time
Apr 04, 2020

In The Shop: Quit Messing Around With Repairs

This is just the opinion of a grumpy mechanic: It's possible to waste a lot of time saving pennies. For example. A customer once asked how I would replace a rusty hex drive shaft in a planter. In a perfect world the shaft would slide through all the bearings with
Dan Anderson
Apr 02, 2020

Dan Anderson: The Nuts and Bolts About Fasteners

Here are a few good facts, tips and reminders about common fasteners.