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Dan Anderson Columnist

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

Mar 01, 2019

Don’t Ignore These Wear Points

High-acreage planters deserve close examination during preseason maintenance
Seed Placement
Feb 25, 2019

What’s Your Seed Monitor Saying?

Understand what the numbers mean to ensure your planter is doing its job
Sep 27, 2018

Perfect Platform Performance

Proper adjustment of flex-head small grain platforms is key to minimizing grain loss and maximizing performance
Aug 21, 2018

The Corn Head Sets the Pace

Don’t blame the combine for problems that originated up front
Aug 21, 2018

How a Combine Works

Understand the basic components and how they interact to optimize performance
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Aug 13, 2018

Perfecting Platform Performance

Proper adjustment of flex-head small grain platforms is the key to minimizing grain loss and maximizing performance
Mar 04, 2017

In The Shop: Parts Is Parts, And Other Farm Memes

The farmer’s grapevine—the complex communication network that shares vital farming information via social media, coffee shops and near-telepathy—is like the internet.
Feb 11, 2017

In The Shop: High-Mileage Planter Repair

Most farmers are aware of common wear and maintenance points on planters.
Dec 02, 2016

In The Shop: Take It to the Shop

As colder temperatures drive you inside, here are a couple jobs to tackle with tips from farm mechanic and columnist Dan Anderson. His hands-on approach can help you become a DIY pro. Winter Battery Care I resent the cost of maintaining batteries through winter. The batteries in my wife’s SUV