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

Planting
Apr 01, 2020

Tips to Prep Your Planter for Go Time

The weather is warming up and fields are drying out. That can only mean one thing -- planters will be rolling soon in the Midwest. Before it’s crunch time, make sure your planter is fit to perform.

Michael Barney planting
Mar 27, 2020

Planters Versus Tractors

Modern planters challenge the hydraulic and electric capabilities of tractors

Mar 19, 2020

In The Shop: The Truth About Hand Tools

I recently had reason to spend time talking with several representatives of major tool companies about hand tools. Here are some facts they may or may not want you to know: -There is no difference in the strength of a polished chrome wrench handle compared to the handle of a
Mar 16, 2020

In The Shop: To Oil Chains or to Not Oil Chains, That is the Question

Customers ask how often to oil chains on planters. Here's my opinion, and reasoning: I recommend running planter drive chains "dry" during the actual planting season. If there's a pause between corn and beans, or there's an obvious rainy spell approaching, it's good to have them lubed during that lay-off
Mar 08, 2020

In The Shop: Home-Made Wheel Torquing Stand

Torquing wheel bolts on tractors, combines or sprayers with deep-offset wheels is a two-man job: one man to operate the 3/4" or 1"-drive torque wrench to 700 or more lb/ft of torque, and another guy to hold the head of the wrench and keep the socket extension aligned with the
Mar 01, 2020

In The Shop: How to Ruin a New U-Joint

If you are installing a new u-joint, here's a quick way to dramatically reduce its lifespan: Over-tighten the bolts on the straps that hold the caps in place. If you crank on those small bolts until they no longer turn, you risk distorting each cap so the needle bearings inside
Dan Anderson
Feb 27, 2020

Dan Anderson: Don’t Let Broken Bolts Ruin Your Day

Profanity is often the first impulse after breaking a bolt. After that, try these ideas.

Feb 25, 2020

In The Shop: The Differences Between Talc, Graphite and Blend

I get questions every year about when to use talc in planters, when to use graphite, and when to use a blend of talc and graphite. Understand what each product answers and it's easier to understand which to use, and where. Talc attracts moisture. When mixed with seed, especially seed
Feb 22, 2020

In The Shop: The Final Touch to Welding

Ever noticed how many farm welds on equipment look snaggy after a year or two? I'm not talking about the actual weld. Even beautiful MIG welds get rough looking after they weather, even if it had implement paint on it after it cooled. I've found that, just as prep work