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Winter is coming! Harvest is winding down and the winter months are right around the corner with that said comes preparing your sprayer for next spring. Big Ag has your steps to take to get your sprayer ready for protecting it from the effects of snow, rain, sun and wind.
Clean Your Sprayer
Make sure you clean and rinse the outside of the sprayer to prevent cross-contamination problems. Make sure there is no leftover mixture in the tank. Clean the whole system which includes the tanks, hoses, filters, and nozzles. Leaving chemical residue in nozzles could lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns. This could result in uneven application of chemicals.
It’s important to flush the system with clean water. Also drain the tank and open all valves. Use compressed air to blow out any leftover liquid from solution lines. Removing any remaining moisture from the sprayer parts will help with preventing freezing from happening. Circulate antifreeze (preferably recreational vehicle antifreeze) through the entire wet system to keep it from freezing in the winter.
Make sure to store the sprayer in a dry building. Cover any openings to the sprayer to keep insects and dirt from getting in. Find another way for cover if storing in a building isn’t possible. If you’re storing a trailer-type sprayer, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.
One Final Check
If there are any scratches on the sprayer repair them with paint to prevent corrosion. Also check tanks and hoses to make sure there are no cracks and repair or replace the ones that do.
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When running a farm operation, machinery and equipment are vital to get tasks done. Those tasks could be anything from producing crops to raising animals. Having proper machinery and equipment management can improve the performance of your operation and increase income. Efficient machinery management means having the right size and type of equipment ready to do the job at the right time for the least cost. Here are some things to consider before making machinery and equipment management decisions.
1. Machinery Cost
You need to be aware of the costs of owning and operating a particular piece of equipment in order to make the best machinery management decisions. Before purchasing equipment, determine whether the farming operation can support the purchase with cash or borrowed funds. If so, you should seek the most satisfactory financing arrangement.
2. Ownership Costs
Ownership costs for machinery and equipment include depreciation, interest on investment, taxes, insurance, and housing. Ownership costs are referred to as “fixed” costs because they occur whether or not an asset is used.
3. Custom Hire
Custom hiring can be a good choice when you need high cost or specialized equipment for a short period. Many field tasks can be completed by using customer operators or having neighbors complete the tasks and paying them to do so. This can reduce your initial capital investment, reduce the amount of equipment storage needed, and can save you on income taxes as custom hire is a direct expense and deductible. Custom hiring can also be attractive if hiring is scarce.
It’s important to match current and future needs with the size of the piece of equipment you plan to purchase according to your crops being produced. If you’re just starting your operation a large tractor might not be needed right off the bat. You may only need one small tractor and attachments to go with it.
Many tractor and equipment businesses have a financing department within their company. They also offer financing packages to attract customers to purchase their brand of tractor or equipment. They may offer attractive interest rates but you will still need to make the payments so be sure they fit your business and financial plan. Be sure to compare the options they have versus your bank or credit union.
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With the school year underway and people posting first day of school pictures of their kids Fastline thought, what better way to jump start harvest season with some first day of harvest pictures. Check out these shots these dedicated farmers sent to us to celebrate the first day of harvest.
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As harvest approaches, a grain dryer will be needed for farmers to dry their grains from corn to wheat. If you are in the market for a new or used grain dryer here are some things to consider before making that purchase.
1.Choose the right dryer
There are a number of things to look at when choosing the best dryer for your operation. Capacity would be the first thing to look at. If the maximum capacity to dry is 100,000 bushels, an in-bin system is suggested. If it’s a larger amount such as 750,000 bushels GSI suggests a tower dryer.
2.Do you qualify for an energy grant?
Does your purchase qualify you for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant from the USDA? It can pay up to 25% of the total eligible project costs. Also check if your local electrical distribution company offers grants to promote energy efficiency.
3.Think long term
Grain dryers can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years. U.S. farm yields tend to increase by 2% to 3% annually. Down the road you may have 30% more wheat. That’s why it’s important to make sure you choose one that will meet your needs for a long time.
4. It’s more about the investment than the cost
Farmers are initially wary of the cost of their grain dryer purchase but it’s important to pay attention to the effectiveness of the dryer. Will it help to increase your yield?
5. Increase dryer holding capacity
If you have a larger holding capacity and you maintain optimum airflow, not too high and not too low, you will dry the most grain. It may cost more in the beginning, but it will pay off every year.
6. Shop Around
Make sure before you pick that perfect dryer you shop around and compare others in price and options other dealers have to offer.
7. Check power needs
Make sure you check with your electricity provider on how much amp service you need. If you’re replacing your old grain dryer, have the electric company come out and check your existing system to see if it’s acceptable.
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