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5 Tips for Summer on the Farm

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5 Tips for Summer on the Farm
During the summer months, one clear concern is the effect of the heat. Often times, farmers consider the effect of the heat on their product more than the effect on themselves. One important thing to remember is that you aren't safe and healthy you can't properly take care of your product. Take care of yourself first. Remain hydrated, stay cool and protect yourself from the sun. Getting a severe sunburn can set you back for days with sun poisoning or burns if you aren't careful. Reapply sunscreen and remain hydrated. Remember, if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Keep that water nearby!  Check your machinery regularly. Your equipment goes from an asset to a nuisance if it’s not regularly checked.  It could even leave you stranded, mid-season. Do a quick check on your equipment after each day to look for signs of serious damage and to prevent issues like combustion.  Make an effort to keep things that make you more comfortable in …

Iowa State Fair- Your Guide from All States Ag Parts

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Iowa State Fair- Your Guide from All States Ag Parts

As a company located just outside the Capitol city here in Iowa, we can offer you plenty of guidance for the upcoming fair here in Des Moines. 

This year’s state fair will be held from August 8th-18th at the fairgrounds.  

The Iowa State Fair began in 1854 and has been held in the same location, the Iowa Fairgrounds, since 1886. The fair has been a local staple since first coming to Des Moines and you can always smell the roasted corn, grilled pork and funnel cakes if you're on the East Side of Des Moines the first week of August. Since 1886, only a few fairs have been missed; in 1898 due to the Indian American War as well as the nearby World's Fair in Omaha and in 1942-1945 during WWll, when the military used the Fairgrounds as a supply depot. Thankfully, since 1945 the grounds have been open and bustling with fairgoers, over 1 million of them, each August. 

With a fair as old as the Iowa State Fair, it is assumed that it would…

What to cook with your Corn Harvest

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What to cook with your Corn Harvest
With the corn harvest just around the corner, we wanted to share some ideas of what to cook with all that beautiful sweet corn! We all know how to grill up some corn or boil some corn on the cob, but have you ever made Mexican Elote or Corn Pancakes? Check out these recipes to add some flavor to your corn harvest.

Corn Pancakes

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/fresh-corn-pancakes-354171
Summer Corn Soup https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sweet-summer-corn-soup-51235360
Tex-Mex Corn Dip https://www.fivehearthome.com/tex-mex-fresh-corn-dip/
Corn Salad with Hazelnuts, Pecorino and Mint https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/corn-salad-with-hazelnuts-pecorino-and-mint
Tomato-Corn Salsa with Avocado https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/tomato-corn-and-avocado-salsa-51108410
Mexican Street Corn (Elote)  https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a47269/mexican-street-corn-elote-recipe/
Corn Quiche  https://www.epicurious…

Futuristic Leaps in Farming

Futuristic Leaps in Farming 

Farming has been around since the beginning of the human species and the evolution of farming has recently taken a massive evolutionary shift, just as humans have over the years.  As individual families moved into cities and away from expansive land where they all could farm, larger farms were created to sustain large groups of people were built. At that time, the need for machines and other technology began to sprout and that need has continually grown. Today, we have hundreds of thousands of individuals working in research, development and conservation to satisfy this need for growth in agriculture and farming. These scientists are helping to develop crops that can yield a better product and with less possibility of a failed product, developers are finding out how to ensure these same crops can be produced with decreased water usage, reduced impact on natural ecosystems, lessened use of chemicals which in turn keeps food prices down.  These futuristic deve…

Safety on Farms

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Saftey on Farms
Safety on farms is vital in maintaining a successful environment. Children often frequent family-run farms, so many safety rules must be set up from the start. We have compiled a list of safety reminders for all farms; from the Midwest to the Southern Highlands of Australia, every farm needs these reminders.

Use this as a reminder that no matter how many times you've driven a tractor or used a baler, that it takes one day of carelessness, one day of throwing safety precautions to the side for there to be a tragic accident.

When using equipment, remain aware. It’s early, you're exhausted because, well you run a farm. But if you're exhausted, this isn't the time to be on a piece of equipment. Wake up first, rest if you have to. Being drowsy at the wheel of any machine is a bad idea. If you wouldn’t step behind a car in that state, don't step behind a piece of farm equipment. Rogue parts lying on the ground like a skid steer part, tractor part or a bla…

Mother Nature- Women in Farming

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Mother Nature-Women in Farming 
American women in farming work to provide us with invaluable insight into agricultural developments and scientific research to propel us forward into new ways of providing food to the people of our world, like hydroponics. These hard-working farmers also provide us with livestock, produce and veterinary services. Unfortunately, these women often get overlooked in what is called “a mans industry.” 
The USDA found that “Nearly 1 million women are working America’s lands. That is nearly a third of our nation’s farmers. These women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales.  Women are also scientists, economists, foresters, veterinarians, and conservationists. Women are in the boardrooms and the corner offices of international enterprises, and are the owners and operators of small businesses. Women are property owners and managers. Women are policymakers and standard bearers. Women are involved in every aspect of agriculture.”
Seeing that nearl…

Pre Harvest Combine Checklist

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Fall harvest is around the corner. Before you hit the field, give your combine a once-over with this 12-point checklist.
Clean the machine of dust and dirt for better operation and to help spot wear and potential problems.Attach headers to combine and make sure they are operational, checking height and contour controls.On the grain table header, inspect sickle blades and guards, inspect teeth in augers and reel.On the corn head, inspect gathering chains and sprockets, adjust the width of stripper plates. Check and adjust drive chains. Remember: Row unit gearboxes operate as mini transmissions and need to be checked once a year. Refill with grease or oil depending on age and brand of corn head.Check all belts for wear and replace as needed.Check all chains and bearings for wear; replace chains that can’t be adjusted or tensioned correctly.For axial combines, inspect rotor and concave, checking wires for damage and bars for wear.Check unloading system auger. If edges are sharp like a ra…