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Gear equipment purchases to your operation

Gear equipment purchases to your operation

Buy local. Eat local. Know where your food comes from.

July 21, 2017 8:00 am(0)
Cover crops gain acceptance, accessibility

Cover crops gain acceptance, accessibility

What do oats, annual ryegrass, sorghum, sudan grass, cereal rye, triticale, wheat, spelt, barley, cowpea, winter pea, red clover, sweet clover, hairy vetch, alfalfa, mung beans, radishes and turnips all have in common?

July 07, 2017 8:15 am Photos

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Manufacturers focus on ‘ease of use’

I like technology. I’m not a techno-geek, however I do like what technology can offer in the way of providing information and making decisions more timely and accurately.

June 23, 2017 8:30 am(0)
Many factors go into choosing the right TMR

Many factors go into choosing the right TMR

I used to listen to a radio in my truck. Now, when I’m looking at a new vehicle, I have to wade through a variety of choices for “infotainment systems.”

June 09, 2017 3:00 pm(0)
Own vs. lease: Cost-per-acre comes into play in machinery purchase plan

Own vs. lease: Cost-per-acre comes into play in machinery purchase plan

About a year ago, I was in the market for a new pickup truck. Since I had not purchased one in a few years, I was somewhat taken aback by the price on the window sticker. Nearly $58,000 for the model I wanted with the options I “had to have.”

May 26, 2017 7:00 am Photos

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Putting a ‘wrap’ on hay season

Putting a ‘wrap’ on hay season

Every time haying season rolls around, I’m reminded of the first real job I had: working on a hay crew. I recall stacking small square bales all day under a blazing sun and dealing with humidity so high you could almost swim in it.

May 19, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
Battery-powered outdoor tools compete with gas-power

Battery-powered outdoor tools compete with gas-power

Take a step into my machine shed. You’re sure to stumble across a variety of 2-cycle, gas-powered outdoor power tools including a leaf blower, a couple of chain saws, a garden tiller, a walk-behind mower and a weed trimmer/edger. I’ve used these items for years. They’re powerful and fairly e…

April 21, 2017 9:45 am Photos

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Chain Saw Safety

Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw’s chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.Shut off saw or engage its chain brake when carrying saw on rough or uneven terrain.Keep your hands on the saw’s handles, and maintain secure footin…

April 19, 2017 10:44 am(0)
Equipment Connection: Update, upgrade for faster, smarter planter

Equipment Connection: Update, upgrade for faster, smarter planter

Let’s face it, we’re primarily in corn and soybean country. It can’t be all that difficult to choose a planter, right?

April 07, 2017 9:45 am Photos

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