Author - Chris Beerman

Winter Farm Equipment Maintenance Tips You Need to Know

Running your tractor and other equipment in winter requires special machine maintenance. If you’re not careful you can damage expensive equipment just because of the cold. Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to properly winterize your heavy machinery. Keep reading to learn more about winter equipment maintenance and storage. Winter Equipment Maintenance Basics Many of the basic machine maintenance for winter applies during regular use as well. You should still perform regular inspections and try to keep your equipment clean [...]

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3 Essential Steps for Winter Livestock Management

Humans have it easy during winter. When we get cold, we can huddle up near a fireplace, put on a warm blanket, and have a hot drink. Access to food and water is also not much of a problem, even in non-ideal situations. But what about our farm animals? How can we make sure that they stay warm, healthy, and comfortable during the harsh, winter months? Winter livestock management can be a blizzard or a breeze depending on your level of preparation for [...]

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Top 4 Best Frontier Implements to Get the Most out of Your Tractor

No matter if you have a small family farm or you grow enough crops to feed an army, one of the most annoying things is having to keep and maintain several pieces of heavy machinery so you can keep your farm operational. Heavy farm machinery can cost a fortune and the maintenance is not much cheaper. John Deere has been at the forefront of farm machinery for over 100 years and they have produced 694 models in that time. Now, John Deere is [...]

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5 Essential Farming Tools to Make a Farmer’s Life Easier

The picturesque image of a farmer in overalls with only a hoe and a tractor by his side isn’t the reality we live in with modern farming. Modern farming requires efficiency and productivity in order to keep up with large plots of land and demand for livestock and agriculture. Without the right tools, farms and farmland can quickly become unmanageable and, eventually, unusable. If you’re looking to increase your productivity, make tasks easier and more efficient, and boost your farm’s yield and [...]

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Cattle Feeding in Winter: How to Prepare, Budget, & Avoid Shortages This Year

Feed is the number 1 biggest input cost for beef cattle accounting for 59% of your total cost. During winter is when the majority of this cost is spent. Read on for tips on cattle feeding this winter without overspending and without undernourishing your herd. Cattle Feeding During Winter Winter feeding can cost farmers up to 5 times as much as summer grazing in a pasture or in a paddock. On average, it costs around $1.50 USD a day per cow for wintering costs. When [...]

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4 Winter Hay Storage Tips: How to Make Your Supply Last Through Winter

Last year’s winter dragged on in the Midwest, causing severe hay shortages for almost half of the region’s local farmers. Whether this year’s winter is short and dry or stormy and prolonged, hay storage is likely a big concern for you. Even if prices stay steady through the season, you don’t want to come up short before the next growing season. In this post, we’ll discuss four hay storage tips to ensure you’ve got enough to last until the spring. 1. Reduce Dry Matter Losses Your number [...]

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Organic Weed Control Methods to Start This Fall

Farmers can have a hard time dealing with Mother Nature’s fickle whims. She doles out everything from heavy rains, to droughts, to crop strangling weeds. She can be especially had to deal with for organic farmers, since they can’t use chemical weed killers. But that doesn’t mean they have to stand back and watch as weed infestations wipe out an entire crop. Rotate, Rotate and Rotate Weeds grow fast and many of them are perennials, which means they come back year after [...]

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Tips for Getting Your Equipment Through Harvest Season

You spend months working toward the harvest, but when the time comes, do you feel prepared? We’ve got a few industry pointers for getting your equipment through the harvest season without any hassles. It’s not too early (or too late) to prepare your equipment for a plentiful harvest! Preparing Your Equipment for Harvest Season No matter if you’re using tractors, plows, drills, or another type of harvesting machinery, broken equipment can set you way back. You should spend some time preparing machinery to take on [...]

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Hay Feeders: How to Reduce Wastage

Hay wastage accounts for more than 3 billion dollars lost by U.S. farmers every year. This amount does not even include the further losses bound to happen during the storing and moving processes. With hay scarcity at a high this year, it’s important to do everything you can to waste as little as possible. Hay loss occurs when animals trample or defecate on the hay. Hay can also physically and chemically deteriorate with age. Sometimes animals plain refuse to eat it at all. [...]

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5 Tips for How to Choose a Tractor for Your Farm

Many farmers, ranchers and landowners find it hard to choose when buying a tractor. There are simply too many options to choose from. Yet, it would be harder to run your farm without one. Fortunately, we have some tips you can use to find the right one. A good John Deere tractor will boost the overall productivity of your farm. For instance, it will help with plowing, digging, hauling, and tilling. It also helps with routine lawn care. Moreover, these tractors will be comfortable [...]

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