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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 innovative ideas for...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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A little plastic screen at the bottom fitting that delivers fuel to the transfer pump is hard to see, but can make a big difference if it's clogged. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Steve Thompson)

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