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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