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  • Unplugging Plugged Combines

    10/15/2017 08:05 PM Sometimes there's no easy way to unplug a combine.
  • Machines vs. Mankind
    10/13/2017 07:49 PM Sometimes I think machines are out to get us.
  • Trusteed IRAs: why they are popular, who should consider them, what benefits they offer
    10/10/2017 11:23 AM Trusteed IRAs have been gaining more attention by investors in recent years. Given their benefits as well as the changing financial landscape, a trusteed IRA can be an effective tool for estate planning as well as wealth transfer. Here are some common questions asked about trusteed IRAs.
  • Fifteen Minutes That Can Save Thousands of Dollars
    10/07/2017 06:21 PM It's easy to slack-off during the rush of harvest, but this is one area that can be expensive if you do.
  • Never Regret Buying A Tool
    10/01/2017 08:53 AM I may not use a tool often, but I never regret having it.
  • Your Harvest Safety Checklist
    09/28/2017 08:00 AM During harvest, there is a huge amount of work to be done within a very short period of time, especially this year with the delayed start due to wet conditions. Because of this urgency, you may be tempted to take short cuts. However, a few extra minutes can make a big difference and help prevent unnecessary accidents. We’ve created a harvest safety checklist to help ensure the safety of yourself and others this season.
  • Random Harvest TIps and Tricks
    09/21/2017 09:14 PM I may have shared these in the past, but just in case I didn't...
  • Whether To Oil Chains
    09/17/2017 09:03 AM Yes, lubrication will extend roller chain life.
  • How To "Engage" A Combine
    09/14/2017 09:43 PM Here's my opinion in the debate about how to engage separators, feeder houses and other combine components.

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$100 Idea

Do you have a really great idea that has made life easier on your farm? 

Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club. Upon publication, you’ll receive a hat and check. The Double Your Money winner receives $200. Other farmers featured receive $100 each.

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What A Day!

Have you ever had one of those days? These farmers sure have!

If you've had one of those days—or caught someone else's on film—we'd love to share it with our readers. Link to the gallery and submit your own What a Day! online.

To submit by by mail:

What a Day!, Farm Journal

P.O. Box 958

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  • Irrigation Troubleshooting Begins After Harvest

    10/10/2017 09:24 AM

    Crops don’t wait for irrigation, and now means now when it’s time to water. Solid end-of-season irrigation maintenance goes a long way in preventing problems the following crop year during crunch-time. Before the grip of winter sets in, checks and repairs are vital.

  • How Rain Gauges Measure Up Against New Technologies
    10/06/2017 02:30 PM

    Ask most farmers how they measure precipitation in their fields and they’ll give you a simple answer - a rain gauge. This popular instrument was designed in the 1600s and has changed little since. 

  • Controlled Drainage Practices Boost Yields, Stem Nutrient Runoff
    09/26/2017 09:05 AM

    Mother Nature always likes to have her own way but farmers can now have more say over how much water stays in or out of their fields, thanks to the use of controlled drainage technology.

    The basic concept with controlled drainage is that a water-control structure attached to traditional tile can be used like a dam in farmers’ fields, says Crop-Tech agronomist Isaac Ferrie.

    When gated with stacked baffles, the structures allow you to release water when you don’t want it in the field, like during planting or harvest, or to hold it back for a crop’s use when rainfall is sc

  • Could AgTech Solve Water Scarcity Issues?
    07/20/2017 07:08 AM

    Testing is underway at Purdue University on a “human-computer collaborative decision-making system.” More simply put – Purdue researchers want to make it easier to make otherwise more complex irrigation decisions.

  • Lindsay Corporation Names New CEO and President
    07/18/2017 08:14 PM

    Timothy Hassinger has been named effective October 16, 2017.  

  • Illinois Water Use Issues Exacerbated by Irrigation
    07/14/2017 07:45 AM

    The demand for water in Illinois is likely to increase up to 50 percent in the coming decades, according to the State Water Survey. Over the past five years, agriculture irrigation in Illinois has increased by 20 percent, equivalent to the use of more than half a million people. Illinois State Water Survey experts say the overall increase in demand for water could range from 20 percent to as high as 50 percent.

  • Moisture Sensors: Time Your Irrigation Right
    07/06/2017 11:41 PM

    Irrigation is a great way to maintain ideal soil moisture throughout the growing season. But it's not a silver bullet. Cory Gilbert, independent crop consultant with On Target Ag Solutions explains why.

  • Is High-Tech Subsurface Moisture Monitoring on the Way?
    06/23/2017 09:38 AM

    Purdue University has developed technology that researchers say could be used by farmers in the future to more accurately sense subsurface moisture by measuring the reflections from communication satellite signals.

  • First-Ever Rice Farming Carbon Credits Sold to Microsoft
    06/14/2017 01:56 PM

    For the past four years, the California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Defense Fund and others have been working behind the scenes to develop protocols that allow farmers to offset carbon emissions and get compensated for their efforts. Today, those groups celebrate a critical milestone as the first-ever voluntary carbon credits generated from U.S. rice farmers were sold to Microsoft.

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