Equipment & Tech


  • 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 get tricky.

  • (Progressive Farmer photo provided by the manufacturer)

    Quality Fuel Maintenance

    Diesel management begins in the fuel storage tank and ends inside the engine.

  • It is important to check your tires for stubble damage, exposed cords and proper inflation. (Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    The Tire Killer

    Of all the hazards encountered by modern agricultural tires, sharp-tipped corn stubble tops the list.

  • As soybean harvest gets into full swing, farmers may need to consider storing more beans because of low prices this fall. (DTN file photo)

    Storing Soybeans

    A higher percentage of farmers may be more familiar with corn in on-farm storage compared to soybeans. While some practices apply to storing all grains correctly, there are certain differences that could present a learning curve when storing beans.

Equipment & Tech Perspectives

Machinery Chatter

The area on the disk the center piece covers is very important. It supports the disk and keeps down the flexing motion of the disk that creates stress cracks. This is why the spools on the inside disks are so large in diameter, and the size of the outside disk holders is so important. (Progressive Farmer photos by Steve Thompson)

Russ' Vintage Iron

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