Product Spotlight

As True as Steel: Here are a few things to consider when buying a steel farm building

By Logan Bahler

Farms have a lot of valuable "stuff"—farm equipment, livestock, crops and tools, just to name a few things. Farmers rely on their buildings to securely house and protect the things that are essential to their operations and shield them from inclement weather and theft. Outbuildings also offer space to perform equipment maintenance and repairs, and, as a testament to their versatility, also often accommodate offices.

There are several popular building-material options for farm structures today, one of which is pre-engineered steel. Read more

Product Spotlight: Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) Mowers

What Goes Around: A Look at the Season’s Latest ZTR Mowers 

If you tend a lawn that covers a lot of area, or you need to work around some challenging obstacles, a zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower may be the best option in your quest to keep your lawn looking great. Whether it’s time for a new mower or you’re shopping for an upgrade, here a few of the latest makes and models worth considering.

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Makin’ Hay: Newer Compact Drum Mowers and Belt Rakes Offer Efficiency and Productivity

By Pat Goodwin 

Farmers have come a long way from the days of cutting grass with a scythe and gathering it with a pitchfork in order to provide forage for their livestock. However, the process of making hay is still evolving. Recent advances in the design of hay mowers and rakes have made them even more efficient, versatile and productive.

Two such developments in forage management are mowers that can mow and ted simultaneously, and the increasing awareness in the United States of belt rakes, which can ted or rake with the simple adjustment of the machine. Read more

Product Spotlight: Bale Wrappers—Presented by Tubeline Manufacturing, Inc.

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That’s a Wrap!: Lock in Silage Quality Using Bale Wrappers 

Although storing hay inside a barn is preferred, it’s not always possible. Wrapping hay shortly after it’s cut can help preserve nutrients and reduce spoilage from outside storage. Quality feed means healthier livestock. We took a look at some of the major bale wrapper manufacturers.   Read more

Finding the One: Industry Expert Offers Tips on Selecting the Right Tractor for Your Needs

By John Ewald

When purchasing a tractor, there are many variables to consider and many manufacturers to choose from. Each manufacturer offers several sizes of tractor rated by many methods such as horsepower, weight, size and lift capacities. The key to buying the right size tractor is to know what you want to accomplish with your machine. Will it be used primarily for tillage activities? Or will you be mostly moving material with a front end loader? How do you know what size is right for you? First, let’s talk about how “big” a tractor you need. Read more

Product Spotlight: Compact Tractors—Versatility in a Small Package

Compact tractors are the top-selling machines this year for good reason. They can handle a broad range of duties, from mowing, landscaping and material handling around the acreage, to small farm and commercial chores. We decided to take a look of some of the latest mid-range compacts (28-50 engine hp).

 

MASSEY FERGUSON 1700E SERIES

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Product Spotlight: Rubber Tracks and Track Conversion Systems

The latest in rubber tracks and conversion systems

Rubber tracks provide many benefits, including reducing ground pressure and deep ruts in fields; improving flotation and minimizing surface damage; increasing traction for better pulling efficiency; and offering a smoother ride on rough terrain. Farmers Hot Line decided to check out many of the latest offerings from the top manufacturers of rubber tracks and track conversion systems.

 

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Adding Over-the-Tire Tracks Makes Skid Steers More Versatile


 

Adding tracks over a skid steers’ tires improves the machine’s traction and flotation. Over-the-tire (OTT) tracks lower ground pressure for traversing soft soils such as mud, sand and clay, and provide a much smoother ride than tires. OTT tracks also improve stability on hills and help protect tires from punctures. We looked at several of the top OTT track manufacturers:

 

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On the Right Track: Choosing Replacement Rubber Tracks

High quality replacement rubber tracks will last longer and maximize machine uptime and productivity. Rubber track manufacturer Summit Supply LLC recommends considering the following when choosing replacement rubber tracks: Read more

Product Spotlight: Self-Propelled Sprayers

Self-propelled sprayers are a solid piece of equipment for an operation that likes to do their own spraying and has a lot of acres to cover. Self-propelled sprayers have high clearances (for late season spraying), narrow wheels, and large boom width—all of which can help lessen crop damage during spraying.Today we are highlighting nine of the newest self-propelled sprayer models. Looking for more information? Each manufacturer has their contact information listed below each product. Read more