Machinery News

Farm Shops

  • Protecting Your Equipment, Inside and Out

    04/24/2017 07:00 AM Regular maintenance is key to keeping your equipment running smoothly. A fast and easy step you can take yourself is to perform a monthly oil analysis.
  • Why Diagnostics Can Be Expensive
    04/23/2017 08:52 PM Sometimes "fixing" a problem is cheaper than diagnosing it.
  • Seed-Related Problems
    04/16/2017 07:01 PM Sometimes planter problems are with the seed that's being planted.
  • Talc or Graphite
    04/13/2017 08:17 PM My opinion on seed treatments
  • Technology Makes Me Stupid
    04/10/2017 08:52 PM Once again, I make things more difficult than necessary.
  • Hooking Up
    04/08/2017 08:40 AM Save yourself grief by taking time to connect correctly
  • The Truth is Out There
    03/28/2017 08:16 PM Welcome to the Twilight Zone for farm equipment...
  • Add Fuel Maintenance to Your Spring Planting Checklist
    03/22/2017 07:00 AM Preparation for spring planting often focuses on getting machinery ready, but keeping equipment in tip-top shape can be rendered completely moot if the fuel components are forgotten. Farmers should pay equal attention to maintaining their fuel tank and using high-quality fuel to power their planting.
  • The Expense of Planting Perfectly
    03/19/2017 07:17 PM Sometimes planting perfection isn't cost effective.

$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Share your unpublished ideas and join our $100 Ideas Club.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

Mexico, MO 65265


  • Could This be a Game Changer for Phosphorus?

    04/21/2017 11:18 AM

    At great cost, phosphorus is laboriously mined and processed so it can be used by the agriculture industry. Some 27.6 million metric tons were removed from the earth in 2015. But an agtech UW-Madison spinoff has discovered another innovative way to collect this valuable mineral.

  • Who Killed the Finest Soybean Soil in the World?
    03/21/2017 10:44 PM

    Randy Dowdy says a gas line company is responsible for major topsoil losses on his record-breaking farmland.

  • Where Sustainability and Technology Collide
    03/17/2017 10:24 AM

    Field to Market recently announced it is now able to integrate sustainability metrics and algorithms of its Fieldprint Platform with several leading precision ag and farm management software programs. This represents one of several moves the group hopes will help meet its ambitious goal of 50 million participating acres by 2020.

  • Online Resource Helps Irrigators Manage Water Allocations
    03/02/2017 06:09 AM

    Crop Quest launches management and reporting tool for water resources. 

  • Irrigation Makes a Splash in Yield
    10/22/2016 02:30 AM

    A 110-acre reservoir, five pumps and 18 pivots net a big return on investment

  • How a 110-Acre Reservoir Transformed This Alabama Farm
    10/19/2016 01:22 PM

    Dee River Ranch features a whole-farm irrigation system fed by a 110-acre reservoir. Five 150-hp pumps supply water to 18 pivots and one corner unit across 2,800 acres of corn and soybeans. The results since 2011? Corn profits ranging from $144-$1,093 per acre over non-irrigated ground, and soybean profits hovering between $115-215 per acre over non-irrigated ground.

  • Pigweed War Reaches Far Beyond Farmland
    09/22/2016 07:08 AM

    On many farming operations, mowing has given way to high-powered pre-emerges to kill vegetation, but bald ditches may spawn a regulatory leviathan. Silt gathering in the bottom of ditches and canals; eroded turn rows; washed out roads; and hammered PTO ditches are caught in a vicious spray cycle of unintended consequences with no simple fix.

  • Water Hog Is a Drainage Beast
    08/08/2016 05:00 AM

    The evil twin of drought is drainage and both can cripple a crop in short time. When a river rises or a culvert backs up, water can sit on farmland for weeks and prevent planting and harvest, or simply kill crops mid-season. Time to saddle a Water Hog beast and pump directly through a levee.


Precision Ag

  • 6 Tips For Application Season

    03/16/2017 08:46 AM

    These tips could help with this season and every season ahead. 

  • The Big Picture on Precision Ag
    02/11/2017 01:02 AM

    Veris Technologies Inc. designs, builds and markets sensors and controls for the precision ag industry. Veris President Eric Lund discusses the growing precision ag marketplace, the impact on the industry and offers insight for farmers climbing the agtech learning curve.

  • New Innovations and Technology From John Deere Part 1 2-9 audio
    02/09/2017 06:00 AM In today's show I sit down with Beverly Flores Media Relations Manager with John Deere to talk about some of the new precision ag technology that is on the market today and how they are trying to focus on customers during these challenging times. Part 1 in a 2 Part series.
  • Farm Inventor Goes Digital DIY
    11/29/2016 02:32 PM

    Jim Poyzer is a new breed of innovator connecting digital DIY technology to older equipment.

  • The Quest for Apples-To-Apples Farm Data
    11/21/2016 08:44 PM

    Anyone who has collected baseball cards understands that part of the appeal lies with the statistics on the back. How many RBIs, home runs, strikeouts and other stats a particular player has amassed arms the fans with the data they need to argue about who’s the best – and who falls short. Jason Tatge, CEO of Farmobile, can relate. 

  • Anderson: Prepping High Tech Stuff For Winter
    11/16/2016 03:25 PM

    Most of us are used to getting farm equipment ready for winter--we check antifreeze, we add diesel fuel anti-gel to fuel tanks, etc., etc. High technology has added a few items that may not be on our winter prep radar. 

  • Ag Leader, John Deere Enter Licensing Agreement
    11/07/2016 02:42 PM

    In October, Ag Leader reached an agreement with John Deere for the technologies and licenses needed to manufacturer and sell Precision Planting SpeedTube, vSet, vDrive and DeltaForce. This agreement is contingent on John Deere finalizing its acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto.

  • How Ag Tech is Boosting Farm Profits
    10/19/2016 09:32 AM

    Average size U.S. corn farms using GPS mapping see about a 3 percent increase in operating profit and the gain for net returns is almost 2 percent. Guidance systems boost operating profit by 2.5 percent, and variable-rate technology raises it by about 1.1 percent.

  • How to Check For Precision Ag Compatibility
    10/10/2016 01:34 PM

    Until today, users could only search by manufacturer, and then brand, but now they can now also start by choosing a product category and, in the next step, a functionality they would like the product to support.