Agricultural Articles

Back When: 1947 Allis Chalmers WC

As William “Bill” Britz Jr. was approaching retirement and looking for a project to keep him busy. For several years Bill would drive past a farm with an Allis Chalmers WC sitting behind a barn northeast of Denver, Colorado. He fi nally decided to fi nd out who owned it and see if it was for sale. Upon inspection Bill found it was in very good condition.
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Business Profile: Steinbauer Performance LLC

Farm machinery may have changed a great deal in the last 5O years, but farming still involves long hours and a time schedule that is largely set by Mother Nature. No matter what farm we visit, from the modest family farmer with hundreds of acres to the large corporate  farms with tens of thousands of acres; their individual needs at the end of the day remain the same. They all need to run more efficiently. From fuel consumption to time spent  in the field and machine running hours, everything revolves around efficiency.

Cover Story: Ranchmate - Wire Fencing Made Easy

Everybody knows the old saying “good fences make good neighbors.” Ranchers, of course, know that good fences do a heck of a lot more than make good neighbors. Good fences help us keep our very livelihoods secure.
Most of us learned the time-honored tradition of fence building and mending from our fathers and grandfathers, who learned it from the generations that came before them. But the truth is – the world of ranch and farm wire fencing – from smooth wire to barbed wire to electric wire – hasn’t seen much improvement over the decades.

Feature Article: Wieser Concrete

For many second- or third-generation family members, the idea of having a family business is seen as the chance to create your own position, lifetime job security, and dear old dad as your boss. It offers a wealth of opportunities and challenges, not to mention the ability to continue the family legacy.

Business Profile: Brown Weight Valve

If you have been around livestock producers much, you know that almost all of them have things that they love. They love the brand of their tractor (and probably have several replacements). They love the kind of pickup truck they drive. They love the breed of cows they have. And the list could go on. Read more

Learn To MIG Weld In A Flash

MIG welding is a skill that can come in handy in a farming operation. Your equipment inevitably will break during your busiest seasons, and having the ability to quickly weld and fix equipment in the field could be a game changer.

MIG delivers an excellent combination of speed and versatility, and is one of the easiest welding techniques to learn. To learn this skill it will take a little patience, a bit of concentration, and a few hours of dedicated practice. We asked our friends at HTP to walk us through how to get started with MIG welding. Read more

The ABCs of Agricultural Tire Maintenance

Your equipment’s performance in the field can greatly impact productivity, and thus, your bottom line. Tires are a very important part of this equation, and with regular inspection, and — if necessary — minor adjustments, you can see great improvements in durability and performance in the field. Now that spring planting is done, it’s time to inspect your tires and make necessary adjustments to ensure the rest of your season goes off without a hitch.

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Back When: 1958 Oliver 950 Standard

You won’t find many larger Oliver collections than that of John A. Swanson of Rio, Illinois.

John saw the 950 listed on an Aumann Auction sale bill. He was always attracted to the Wheatland style Olivers since they are nearly unheard of in the flatlands that he called home in Illinois. In fact, the majority of his collection are the Standard Wheatland style Olivers.

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Remote Management Systems

Every spring we start the yearly battle with water management anew. Each year, certain states have a surplus of rain—to the point of causing safety hazards and damaging crops—while others, like California, can’t seem to catch a break.

Although the weather is unpredictable, at some point within the growing season the majority of farmers will have to manage their irrigation efforts. A remote management system for your irrigation equipment can save you time, money, and help to conserve precious water commodities.

How it works

Remote management systems are helping to bring precision to agricultural irrigation. With a data connection and a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer, you can now receive real-time updates from your irrigation equipment.

Some of the common options include: Read more