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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

6 Edge of Field Best Practices for Agriculture

You put a lot of work into tending to your field to ensure that your yield is as large as possible each season. As most agricultural producers know, however, monitoring the edge of your field is just as important as keeping an eye on the crops. In this post, we will define edge of field monitoring and highlight best practices for managing nutrients and protecting crop yields. What Does Edge of Field Mean in Agriculture? In terms of agriculture, edge of field monitoring means identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients. These nutrients can negatively impact... Read More

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top 10 Implements for Livestock Operations

What are the Top 10 implements for livestock operations that you should have in your machine shed? The implements that are right for you always depend on the tasks you need to get done. But having said that, here’s a list of the top 10 implements for livestock operations we believe owners should have in their machine sheds to take care of the most common jobs they'll face. #1 - Tractor Loader There’s plenty of loader work to be done around any livestock operation. Bale handling. Manure clean-up and compost piling. Debris cleanup. Not to mention all the other mainten... Read More

Friday, November 12, 2021

How to Handle Large Round Bales

Handling large round bales takes skill, as well as the right bale-handling equipment for the job. Depending on what you need to do, you might need a loader-mount bale spear, a 3-point bale spear, a bale squeeze, or a bale unroller. Or even some combination of all four to get your work done right, and right now. In this video about how to handle large round bales, we’ll focus on using a Frontier Bale Unroller (US CA) to unroll a large round bale in a pasture to serve as feed for the landowner’s cattle. We’ll also use a Frontier AB13G 3-point Bale Spear (US CA) and... Read More

Friday, November 12, 2021

How to Store Off Season Equipment

Anytime you're storing equipment for an extended period of time, even a few months, it's smart to first take the time to make sure it's cleaned, maintained, and properly protected. A little effort here will make start-up easier and help your equipment last longer and perform better. Storage procedures for every piece of equipment will be a little different, but generally speaking, here are some top line thoughts on steps to take. Equipment Storage Checklist -Clean it with a high-pressure washer, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies where dirt and trash can hide. ... Read More

Friday, November 12, 2021

How to Adjust and Use a Rotary Cutter

No matter what type of land you have to take care of, there is often ground that's covered in brush, or weeds, or grass that’s a lot taller and rougher than it should be. Or maybe you have a lot of pasture, but the grass has gotten out of control and grown too thick and too tall. A tractor mounted rotary cutter is the implement you need for controlling that overgrowth and keeping your pasture and edges clean and managed the way they should be. A tractor mounted rotary cutter is different than a grooming mower. A rotary cutter is designed to cut rough plant material, from thi... Read More

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tips for Farmers To Get the Most Out of Their Land

As the seasons change, farmers across the country know they must change their focus, whether it be to planting, spraying, or harvesting. No matter the time of year, though, each producer must take various factors into consideration to get the most out of their land. From crop diseases to equipment maintenance, these individuals cannot let anything fall under the radar if they are to succeed in their farming endeavors. This post will outline tips for farmers as they look to get the most out of their land, including: Metrics for Determinig the Health of Crops Addressing Issu... Read More

Monday, September 20, 2021

How To Change Your Transmission Oil and Filter on John Deere Compact Utility Tractors

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Monday, September 20, 2021

How To Prepare Your Tractor For Storage

As you might imagine, there's a right way and a variety of not-so-right ways to prepare your tractor for storage. But as a master carpenter once said: "However you put your tools away is how you’ll find them the next time you need them." In other words, take care of your tools, and they'll take care of you. Now, a tractor is a tool for helping you get all kinds of jobs done around your place. So if you think you won't be using yours for an extended period of time, you should go through the process of storing it properly. Do that, and the process of getting it ready to use a... Read More

Monday, September 20, 2021

Common Tractor Maintenance Checkpoints

We all know that maintaining your equipment is an important part of ownership. So today, we'll show you some tractor maintenance checkpoints to remember whether yours is a compact or utility tractor. Whether you only use your tractor occasionally on weekends, or you use it virtually every day all year round, following the tractor maintenance guidelines in your Operator's Manual is critical to making sure your tractor is always ready to work when you are. But there are also some points to consider that you might not find in your OM, depending on the age and the brand of tractor yo... Read More

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Top 10 Implements You Should Acquire First

What are the top 10 implements you should have in your machine shed? To answer that question, the first thing you should do is make a list of all the jobs you need to get done around your place. Mowing pasture, or turf-type grass? Lifting, moving, and dumping material? Scraping and moving dirt? Grading or leveling land? Digging holes? Working a large garden? Which implements are right for you depend on what you need to get done. But having said that, here's a list of what we believe owners of large properties should have in their machine sheds to take care of the most common jobs ... Read More