Equipment & Tech


  • The drum test applies loads up to 50,000 pounds on tires, while exposing them to rubber-aging ozone to simulate damage from sunlight. (Photo courtesy of Firestone)

    Machinery Chatter

    The Firestone Farm Tire Test Center in Ohio tortures tires so there's less chance of a failure in a farmer's field. Downtime due to tire failure may cost a producer $570 per hour in lost yield, so here are some tips to extend the life of your tires.

  • With a bit of planning, a chicken house became 690 square feet of maintenance space. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Bob Elbert)

    America's Best Shops

    A 60-year-old chicken house is transformed into space for small equipment and after-work sparring.

  • Commercial grain companies have to obey OSHA rules and regulations, whereas private farms do not, according to Greg Rowe, vice president of grain operations at Perdue Agribusiness. Despite this, safety around stored grain is important in both situations. Training is key in keeping safe those who work around stored grain. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Grain Safety Training Saves Lives

    In a matter of seconds, people can be trapped, covered and suffocate from grain in a bin or from a pile.

  • Products both big and small were on display at the 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the most interesting smaller companies exhibiting at the show was EZ Crank, which products replacement cranks for trailers such as this one. (DTN file photo)

    Machinery Chatter Blog

    While the big, shiny equipment often gets the most attention at the annual National Farm Machinery Show, the smaller products -- many of which were developed by farmers themselves -- can be just as innovative -- and useful.

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