Product Spotlight

Product Spotlight: Manure Spreaders (Presented by Tubeline Mfg.)

Smells Like Money: Get manure under control with the latest spreaders 

When properly managed, manure can be a valuable resource—adding nutrients to the soil to fertilize crops and pastures. It can also improve tilth and boost soil’s water-holding capacity. If not handled or applied correctly, manure can pollute the environment, including air and water, and attract pests. Many county extension offices provide resources on nutrient management and manure spreader calibration settings. We looked at several of the latest “honey wagons” to help you conquer muck and enrich your operation’s soil. Read more

Choosing an Outdoor Wood Furnace for the Farm

Here are tips to find the right unit for your home or operation 

By Brent Peterson  

Heating a farmhouse and farm buildings can be expensive. Outdoor furnaces that burn wood or wood pellets can be a great option for farms looking to control heating costs. For farms with wood readily available, that can mean eliminating heating costs completely. Read more

Product Spotlight: Outdoor Wood-Fired Hydronic Furnaces

The latest outdoor hydronic furnaces use less wood, burn cleaner

Many people rely on wood, a renewable resource, to heat their homes, outbuildings and water. Outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood-fired boilers or furnaces, burn wood to heat fluid, which is piped to buildings to provide heat and hot water. The efficient design of the latest “gasification” units extracts more useable heat from less wood than older types of outdoor furnaces. The high-temperature gas combustion significantly reduces emissions, prevents creosote buildup and minimizes ash buildup in the units when used with dry, seasoned wood. We looked at some of the latest outdoor hydronic heaters that meet the EPA’s 2015 emissions standards.

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Product Spotlight: Combine Head Transport Trailers

As field sizes have increased, corn heads, drapers and platforms have become larger and more expensive. Combine header transport trailers secure that equipment, allowing it to be safely hauled from field to field and farm to farm. They keep equipment off the ground and are often used to store heads in barns and machine sheds year round. Some models are designed to travel at highway speeds, are licensable, and include lighting and brakes. We looked at several dependable models from the leading manufacturers and their key features. Read more

Product Spotlight: Ag Buildings

An agricultural building is no longer just a barn. It's an equipment storage shed, warehouse, milking parlor, free stall barn, workshop, office, home or any combination of these. Whether you need a place for your machinery, your livestock or even your family, consider structures from the following manufacturers.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. 

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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.

Tubeline bale wrapper

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