Tailgate Talk - October 2017
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  • Hammer-Time


    11/17/2017 06:15 PM I'm still learning how to disassemble and re-assemble things.
  • Playing Detective About Combine Performance
    11/12/2017 09:41 AM Make notes now to reduce problems next harvest.
  • My End of Harvest Nag
    11/05/2017 11:21 AM Sorry if I'm beating a dead horse.
  • Top 5 Benefits of Premium Diesel
    11/03/2017 08:00 AM Whether you’re a fleet owner or a farmer, there are many important decisions to make for your business and operation. Which fuel to use may not always be top of mind, but switching to a premium diesel can increase overall efficiency and equipment longevity. Below are the top five benefits of using a premium diesel:
  • Confessions Of A Field Mechanic
    11/02/2017 07:41 PM Time to clear my conscience after a busy fall chasing combines.
  • Don't Be A Burn-OUt
    10/23/2017 09:10 PM The three-day tally in our area: Two combines totally incinerated, three combines disabled by fires.
  • Ways To Annoy A Mechanic
    10/21/2017 09:51 AM Be nice to the guy who's there to fix your machine.
  • What's in Your Fuel Tank?
    10/20/2017 08:00 AM With harvest in full swing, it’s time to ask yourself: What’s in your fuel tank? The answer may surprise you.
  • Unplugging Plugged Combines
    10/15/2017 08:05 PM Sometimes there's no easy way to unplug a combine.

$100 Idea

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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.

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Irrigation

  • Can a River Sue a Farmer?


    11/06/2017 07:52 AM

    Does a river have rights? Indeed, according to a new lawsuit. As outlandish as the case seems to many observers, it may be laying the groundwork for something bigger.

  • 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.


Precision Ag

  • 7 Ways to 'See' Your Crop


    11/06/2017 04:16 PM

    Because walking every acre is out of the question, farmers are turning to drones, manned aircraft, satellites and remote-sensing technology. The resulting imagery paired with other data and boots on the ground can then become actionable intelligence to be used for a host of purposes.

  • Data Company Deliverables
    11/06/2017 04:12 PM

    Ask prospective partners to prove they can offer value

  • Is Your Yield Monitor On Point?
    11/06/2017 03:57 PM

    Calibrate, collect and analyze end-of-season data

  • Manage By Zone to Expand Potential
    11/06/2017 03:45 PM

    Historical data and experience divide fields based on natural variability, characteristics

  • Are You Ready for Variable Rate?
    11/06/2017 03:32 PM

    Reaping the benefits of new technology demands a systems approach to crop production

  • Steve Cubbage: Rosie the Robot's Arrival on the Farm
    11/06/2017 03:29 PM

    As a kid, one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons was “The Jetsons.” One of the more endearing characters on the show was George’s futuristic maid, Rosie the Robot.

  • The Compensation Connection
    11/06/2017 03:25 PM

    Farmers need precision technology to provide a profitable return on investment

  • Make Technology a Priority
    11/06/2017 03:21 PM

    A financial and mental commitment is necessary to move the needle on profitability

  • Learn How to Harness Technology
    10/16/2017 10:16 AM

    It can be a challenge to keep up with the latest technology and how it might fit on your farm—which is exactly why Farm Journal is hosting the AgTech Expo. Whether you’re a novice, an early adopter or somewhere in between, you’ll have the opportunity to network with machinery and technology companies on the trade show floor and learn from a dozen hands-on experts.


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