Tractors, backhoes, balers, plows, harrows, seed drills—learn the basic principles and pricing of 24 pieces of farm equipment and agricultural machinery that might be good investments for your farm.
Remove the seats from an old junker, add some roosts, and you’re on your way to creating a show-stopping chicken tractor. Here’s how to do it.
My 8-acres of forest—planted to oak, black walnut, elm and ash—has filled in with more than its share of cottonwood and box elder. Had I planted my trees in rows, I could have simply mowed the errant seedlings, but my trees were broadcast seeded and grew the old fashioned way: where they wanted.
Winter conditions can be harsh on the farm, but your winter chores don’t have to be. Check out the snow-removal equipment on the market in 2012 that can help speed up the process.
A farm surrounds our 3-acre lot. Hundreds of acres of corn and soybeans, plus more of pasture and woods. It belongs to my nephew, who farms it with his brother and father who have neighboring farms and rented land in the area. Ironically, while I write about large-scale agriculture all the time, I seldom get the chance to experience how technology has changed large commercial operations.