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Why should I switch to LED?

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Why should I switch to LED?  Light has come a long way since the candle days; from incandescent bulbs to halogen bulbs, and now LED’s run the game. So, you’ve probably heard that LEDs are efficient and last a long time, but what is the hype all about? Should you make the change to LED bulbs on your tractor? These facts may help you make that decision.  LED bulbs stand the test of time. LED bulbs usually rank between 30,000-40,000 hours of life, with zero maintenance. Whereas, Halogen bulbs only last around 500 hours.  Looking at the price, there is a temptation to buy the halogen bulb, because halogen bulbs can be significantly cheaper, but remember that the LED bulb can last eighty times longer!  Let’s take a bulb that would fit a John Deere 2040 for example, the LED bulb would cost $39.99 and last between 30,000-40,000 hours of life, coming out to $.001 of cost per hour (less than a thousandth of a cent). The Halogen bulb would cost $16.00 and last

Winterize your Tractor: for tractors being stored in the winter

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Winterize your Tractor:  for tractors being stored in the winter  Is your tractor ready to hibernate for the winter? When preparing to store a tractor for the winter, taking the appropriate steps is vital in order to maintain the optimal condition of your machine.  First and foremost, repair. The final fall harvest was likely done in a rush and repairs were pushed off. Now is the time, repair before they get worse; so the machine is ready for the spring.  Second, get a good clean on that machine. Keeping excess dirt, grass, and seed on your machine will only lead to corrosion. Get the pressure washer in there and restore your machine to clean. After the machine has been thoroughly cleaned, take one final inspection and check belts, hangers, blades, etc. Don’t leave a broken one on, get it replaced during the winter months while your machine is down.  Third, change your oil and air filters. Air filters will be dirty from the working summer months and your fluids need a ch

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 co

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, tra

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.” S

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

Knee High by the 4th of July

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Knee High by the 4th of July  The old saying “Knee high by the 4th of July” signified to farmers how tall their corn should be by Independence Day, but with scientific advances in farming, is this old adage still true?  With recent developments in farming and agricultural technology, farmers can expect their corn crops to be far taller than knee high. According to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, under good conditions, Iowa corn plants typically reach a height of eight feet by midsummer. That’s more than double what farmers could expect just thirty years ago.  When planting used to begin late May, having a crop two feet tall by July would be a positive sign. Now, when planting begins in April and the crops have longer to grow “Knee High by the 4th of July” just isn't cutting it anymore.  With the very wet spring, farmers had to begin late this year. The USDA reports that as of June 10th in central Iowa, there have only been 5.2 days of fieldwork possible. Corn is rep

21 Years of All States Ag Parts

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21 Years of All States Ag Parts Back in 1998, All States Ag Parts was founded by David Dyke and his two sons, Paul and John with a mission to bring the largest selection of new, used and rebuilt parts to the consumer with top notch customer service as the cornerstone of the business. “Our success always goes back to customer service.” says John Dyke, CEO. “We solve customers problems and that's our primary goal. We’ll never lose sight of that goal.”  In 2007, after years of doing solely phone and in-person sales, the company launched the e-commerce platform. The website brought a completely new range of customers to All States and grew the business rapidly. The visibility of the company increased dramatically and All States was positioned for massive success over the next decade.  All States Ag Parts started with just one location in Salem, South Dakota that began as a farm field. We have now grown to have 13 locations across the country that house our salvage yards,

FIRE!

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Fire! Equipment fire is a serious concern. Unfortunately, it is a very common problem in farming equipment. In fact, a large part of our salvage sales are from machines where there has been a heat-related issue on one section of the machine. Dry weather, high winds and hot machines aren't the best combination when it comes to fire, but with proper preparation, a fire can be prevented. How can you prevent a machine from catching fire? Often times, this is a completely preventable issue. Safety Specialist Dennis Murphy at Penn State University says it's important to have a clean machine. Remove all caked-on residue in the engine with a pressure washer. A clean engine runs cooler, and this reduces the chance of fire. It is also essential that any debris is blown out of the machine and out of any belts, bearings or moving parts. Here are some tips from Iowa State University on preventing machine fire Keep the machine clean, particularly around the engine and

Saving you Sales Tax

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Saving you Sales Tax There's a lot of new laws concerning sales tax. Over the past year, there have been changes to the sales tax laws in most states. The biggest change is that most online purchases are now taxable. Since most of the products All States Ag Parts sells are exempt when used for farming, we thought we'd let you know how you can remain tax-exempt when ordering on our website. Here's some information to help keep you exempt from sales tax. I'm a farmer, I thought I didn't have to pay sales tax on farming equipment. You're correct! You don't! Most products sold by All States Ag Parts are exempt from sales tax when they are purchased for use in agricultural operations. Products that qualify for sales tax exemptions vary by state, with Alabama and South Dakota being notable exceptions to sales tax exemptions on ag machinery and parts. I haven't paid sales tax on previous purchases, why the change? In 2018, the Supreme Cour

Our Father's in Farming

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Our Father's in Farming Generations of American farmers have been made up of hard-working fathers. Your dad, your neighbor's dad, maybe even your uncle. It's possible they were all farmers. It's because of them that you are entrenched in this culture of farming and its because of them that you have this spirit of hard work and passion for the land instilled within you. Our farming fathers have built and supported this country throughout the good and the bad. Without them, we wouldn't be a country as we are today. They farmed throughout the great depression, the 1st and 2nd world wars, the hottest months of the summer, all to ensure that the country was fed and provided for. Farming has remained a vital part of our society for generations because the need for farming will never dissipate. The average farmer provides food for over 155 families. Farming is a massive boom to local economies. 96% of farms in America are family owned; owned by dads and mom

An Interview with Carly Cummings from FarmHer

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An Interview with Carly Cummings from FarmHer In an interview with Carly Cummings, the event and merchandise manager at FarmHer, we learn what encourages Carly and the Farmher team to continually push forward the vital messaging of strong, independent women in farming. FarmHer has a mission to “Shine a light on women in agriculture” by telling the stories of these women, FarmHer is creating a new narrative around women in agriculture. Carly not only is in charge of merchandise for FarmHer, but she also curates events around the country for women in agriculture, creating a culture of supportive, strong women with a passion for farming. What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing women in the farming industry? “Turning the dial in stereotypes. To the public, a farmer looks like a man in overalls. We need to be working towards a new image. When you look at the census numbers, you find that women make up over a third of the farming industry. This means that women

10 Apps to Enhance Farming

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10 Apps to Enhance Farming   Downloading apps isn’t fun and games anymore. Apps can be a substantial assistance with your agricultural career. We have selected 10 of our favorite agricultural apps to help get your season running smoothly. Take a look at this selection of free and paid apps and see what works best for you!   Farmlogs - Rated 2.7stars with 57 ratings Using Farmlogs, you can monitor field conditions, plan and manage crop production and track rainfall history to name a few features. Growers edge -   rated 5 stars with 3 reviews This app is made to help you manage and grow profitability. You can set profit goals, track progress and much more. Sirrus - rated 4.1 stars with 15 ratings   This app helps with cropping, recording keeping and even shares weather conditions. This app allows farmers to draw boundaries within their property and it keeps track of planting data that can be shared with others. Farm Futures - rated 2.1 stars with 7 reviews Thi