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  • There is no end to the ways you can mix fluids in a tractor. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thompson)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    Ask the Mechanic Steve Thompson answers questions from readers about their equipment snags -- and offers thoughts on the "perfect farm."

  • AGCO's new DM1300 series butterfly mower system allows three mowers mounted front and back of a tractor to work in tandem for a 30-foot width cut. The system is branded Hesston by Massey Ferguson. (File photo by AGCO)

    Preseason Hay Safety Check

    This time of year there is always anticipation as farmers return to their fields. This is especially true as they prepare for another forage-harvest season, whether it is alfalfa or different types of grass...

  • Mike Rausch of Paulina, Iowa, plants soybeans on April 26 with a 24-row John Deere DB 60 pulled by a John Deere 8335 RT tractor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Matthew Wilde)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    A planting update cheers up "old-school" retired farmer who celebrated his 84th birthday in the hospital. Even though he would never modernize, he's amazed at what today's equipment can do.

  • David Hydrick's Crop Consulting partners with Field Concepts to offer services for grid soil sampling. (Progressive Farmer photo by Lisa Buser)

    New Tools of the Trade

    Apps, imagery, sensors and other technology are changing how crop consultants do their groundwork to advise farmers.

  • Narrow openings for round bale feeders (Progressive Farmer image by Ralph A. Mark Jr.)

    Handy Devices

    Easy-to-build ideas make your work easier.

  • There's a basic rule of electricity. Electricity will not leave unless it can come home. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Steve Thompson)

    Machinery Chatter

    Ask the Mechanic's columnist Steve Thompson tells how to fix a bulb, answers what the heck are cylinder shims for, and shares that an old rule of balance -- negative tongue weight -- can take your head off.

  • FFA students in Arlington, Nebraska, participated in a National FFA Week event to drive tractors to school on Feb. 19. Shown here is Kyle Quinn on his great grandfather's 620. FFA members who also drove tractors to school that day were Cassidy Arp, Blake Kracl and Kobe Wilkins. (Photo courtesy of Jill Hensley, Arlington agriculture education/FFA adviser)

    Russ' Vintage Iron

    Russ Quinn shares how his son wanted to drive a special tractor in a National FFA Week event that encouraged FFA members to drive their tractors to school.

  • Glenn Arnold grew up helping on a family dairy in the Rocky Mountains. The barn his father built in 1928 was at the center of that life and, now, has been saved by a ride up the road. (Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)

    Barn to Roam

    This farmer worked on the ground for decades before building a new shop. This is the third story in DTN/The Progressive Farmer's series on America's Best Shops where growers share their resourceful and innovative ideas for indoor workspaces.

  • Case-IH revealed its new model-year 2020 AFS Connect Magnum at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday evening. (Photo courtesy of Case-IH)

    Case-IH Rolls Out New Tractor

    Case-IH says its AFS Connect Magnum is its biggest technology introduction in 10 years, boasting the full integration of iron and technology.

  • Before you build a shop, measure the footprint of your equipment so the pieces that are to be stored inside will all fit within the space. Build a large staging area to expand the usefulness of the shop. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Morton Buildings)

    America's Best Shops - 4

    The worst new shop is the shop built too small or in the wrong place. This is the fourth and final story in DTN/The Progressive Farmer's series on America's Best Shops where growers share their resourceful and innovative ideas for indoor workspaces.

  • This new shop provides a big, pleasant space with plenty of features to take the drudgery out of repairing equipment. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Greg Latza)

    America's Best Shops - 3

    This farmer worked on the ground for decades before building a new shop. This is the third story in DTN/The Progressive Farmer's series on America's Best Shops where growers share their resourceful and innovative ideas for indoor workspaces.

  • The overhead door of the Vahles' shop is 32 feet wide and 16 feet high. The shop was built to hold most of the farm's large line of equipment. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Ted Schurter)

    America's Best Shops - 2

    This family added capacity to serve the needs of the farm for decades to come. This is the second story in DTN/The Progressive Farmer's series on America's Best Shops where growers share their resourceful and...

  • Scott Rasa's farm shop in Higginsville, Missouri, is built for the future but also is a testament to the generational lessons Rasa learned from both his grandfathers and his father. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    America's Best Shops - 1

    This Missouri farm shop's DNA is built from the pieces of 30 other buildings. This is the first story in DTN/The Progressive Farmer's series on America's Best Shops where growers share their resourceful and innovative ideas for indoor workspaces.

  • As harvest winds down, farmers are starting to turn their thoughts to next year and whether they need to make any changes in their equipment lineup. The tax rules governing trade-ins are now more complicated. (DTN file photo)

    Change Your Tax Mindset - 2

    By ending like-kind exchanges for equipment, trade-ins will now be considered as two transactions. While the income implications are offset by generous depreciation rules at the federal level, states haven't followed suit, and that's where taxes could...

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