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Keeping Your Tires and Tracks Rolling | QUICK TIPS

Whether you’re driving the combine, towing a grain cart, deep tilling or simply bringing lunch to the field, you’re running on rubber. Ensuring you’re rolling on the right tires and tracks — and properly caring for them — can help the season go more smoothly and efficiently. For example, inflating tractor tires properly and ballasting the tractor correctly can result in a cost savings of between 3 percent and 10 percent. Improperly inflated tires can impact several factors, including: Equipment performance and efficiency Soil compaction Tire longevity Keep a tire gauge handy, and be sure to use it. The time spent provides...

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Impact of Early Weaning on Replacement Heifers in Areas of Drought

To manage through the drought, this year many producers have turned to early weaning their calves. How does this practice impact heifers meant for replacements? “Research indicates that early weaning does not impact a heifer’s opportunity to be retained as a replacement in the herd,” said Robin Salverson, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “Early weaning can also improve the condition and reproduction of the dam and manage through drought conditions.” Salverson added that the data also indicates early weaned heifers have the similar or greater reproductive success than normal weaned heifers. Salverson pointed to research conducted at the U.S....

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The Labor Shortage Problem: One Farmer’s Story of $100,000 in Lost Profits and Productivity [VIDEO]

Without access to an adequate and stable workforce, many farmers are being forced to leave fresh produce to rot in the fields. Farmers and ranchers across the country are calling for long-overdue reform to the current guest worker visa program that would create flexibility and provide stability in the agricultural workforce. As Washington state farmers Burr and Rosella Mosby explain in a new video from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the farm workforce is dwindling, and even with higher wages, it’s hard to find enough workers for harvest. The Mosbys were forced to abandon a field of zucchini squash...

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New Bale Mover Single-Handedly Clears Fields [VIDEO]

Anderson claims its new RBM2000 Pro is the world’s first self-loading bale mover that can safely handle silage wraps, enabling a single operator to clear a field. “It’s a brand new configuration, something that nobody else has,” Jan Moens, service support manager for Australian importer Muddy River Agricultural, says. “The biggest thing is the efficiency — primarily, it’ll increase your productivity,” said Muddy River’s national sales manager, Steve Robertson. Figures produced by the Anderson Group predict that the RBM2000 has the potential to pick silage wraps from a field 1.4 times faster than the traditional two-person, two-machine combination usually employed...

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Grain Bag Unloading Made Simple [VIDEO]

Neeralta Manufacturing’s new grain bag extractor unloads 9 to 12-foot wide grain bags and wraps and ties the plastic into a handy bale for easy disposal, all in one easy operation. “The new extractor is available in both the trailer and three-point hitch models,” says John Wierenga, Sales and Marketing Specialist for the family-owned business. “It’s the same machine, but is available in two transport models depending on a farmer’s needs,” he says. “Each unit comes with a self-contained hydraulic pump and reservoir, so it is easily handled by a 90HP tractor. It doesn’t take much power to run it.”...

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