Tailgate Talk - October 2017
11/08/2017, 11:51AM
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12/18/2017, 11:47AM

Machinery News

Farm Shops

  • Do You Really Want What You Say You Want?

    12/16/2017 09:44 AM Bare-bones farm equipment might be TOO bare-bones.
  • It Only Gets More Complicated
    12/12/2017 07:45 PM Do-it-yourselfers need lots of patience to diagnose electrical problems on modern machines.
  • More Welding TIps
    12/09/2017 11:54 AM Simple tricks to produce better welds.
  • Avoid Cold Weather Diesel Problems
    12/01/2017 08:00 AM It’s that time of year again—cooler mornings, frosted windows—which means it’s time to winterize your stored diesel fuel. If No. 2 diesel cools during colder, overnight temperatures, it may reach “cloud point,” which is when wax crystals develop in the fuel. The fuel will look cloudy and crystals can plug the fuel filter, resulting in poor starts, engine hesitation, stalling and even engine damage. Use the below guidelines to winterize fuel left over from harvest.
  • Simple Welding Tip
    11/29/2017 06:12 PM Until now, I've only taken advantage of half of this welding tip.
  • Diagnosing Damaged Bearings
    11/26/2017 08:48 AM Diagnose why a bearing failed to prevent future failures.
  • More About Hammers and Presses
    11/21/2017 09:17 PM My favorite tricks to taking things apart.
  • Hammer-Time
    11/17/2017 06:15 PM I'm still learning how to disassemble and re-assemble things.
  • Balancing Grain Drying and Propane Storage Needs
    11/17/2017 08:00 AM The 2017 harvest season has been one for the books. Modern farming operations are bigger than ever – both in acreage and bushels.

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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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What a Day!, Farm Journal

P.O. Box 958

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  • 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.

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