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Farmers Showing Off Their First Day of Harvest Pictures

With the school year underway and people posting first day of school pictures of their kids Fastline thought, what better way to jump start harvest season with some first day of harvest pictures.  Check out these shots these dedicated farmers sent to us to celebrate the first day of harvest.

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(Credit: Andrew H.)

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(Credit: Garrett J.)

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(Credit: Harlan H.)

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(Credit: Jarrod T.)

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(Credit: Harley S.)

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(Credit: Kevin A.)

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(Credit: Bob C.)

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(Credit: JD F.)

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(Credit: Lee S.)

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(Credit: Monique W.)

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(Credit: Matt G.)

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(Credit: Megan L.)

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(Credit: Michael G.)

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(Credit: Rainy J.)

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(Credit Trevor C.)

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(Credit: Samuel V.)

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(Credit: Uriel D.)

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(Credit: Waylon K.)

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(Credit: Justin F.)

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(Credit: Zane S.)

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6 Things to Look at When Performing a Pre-Harvest Inspection on Your Combine

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With harvest season quickly approaching, now would be the time to do a pre harvest inspection on your combine.  This would avoid any headaches such as lost time and money and the guess work on whether or not any parts even need to be replaced.  Now is the time to check if your combine has built up mud from wet weather or even dust in the air filters from dry weather conditions from previous harvests.  Here are 5 things to look at before harvest season starts.

1. Electronics

It’s probably a good idea to have a yearly inspection by an experienced technician that can check your electronics and any previous sensor fault code data to find any issues before harvest. This tends to be regular issue with machinery that’s been stored for a long period of time and can be especially damaging to electronic components, wiring and sensors. Also if you’ve been storing your equipment it’s important to check that rodents haven’t chewed through wires.

2. Fluids

Oil and fuel should be drained and replaced if your combine hasn’t been used in a while.  You need to make sure the engine coolant has enough life left to withstand engine temperatures in excellent range.  It’s also very important to check all bearings and gearboxes so that they are at their oil or grease capacity.

3. Chains, Belts, and Bearing

The loosening and failure of chain-driven components can have major impacts on the combine which makes this an important area to look at during the inspection so that chains are tight.  Look at bearing surfaces to make sure they are clean of dust and crop residue.  Also make sure belts are tight and inspect for any cracks in them.

4. Use Air, not water

High-pressure air is favored over water as a cleaning tool for combine components.  If you’re going to use high pressure water, be careful it doesn’t enter the interior surfaces because that could cause rust.

5. Threshing and Auger Components

The smallest damage in a concave can influence harvest performance and can cause yield loss. When looking at the threshing and separation area, pay attention to minor damage.  If you notice something dinged or banged up, it needs to be repaired.  Check the concave for excessive wear and replace as needed.  Also make sure the concaves are level and zero them to the rotor for a more exact setting/reading for concave clearance.

6. Fire Extinguisher

If there are dry crop conditions, this will up the awareness for maintenance and machinery fires. Make sure to have fire extinguishers serviced and on every piece of harvest equipment

 

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THE RIGHT TO REPAIR MOVEMENT: WHAT’S YOUR STANCE?

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Do you think of yourself at Tim “the tool man” Taylor from Home Improvement? Do you take pride in your equipment?  Do you like to fix it yourself when repairs are needed?    “I don’t think so Tim!”  Stop right there because those dreams are being crushed right before your “I don’t need to take it to a shop, I can fix this tractor myself” eyes.  A small advocacy group in Nebraska has published an op-ed promoting what is commonly known as “Right to Repair” legislation.  They are debating that Right to Repair will point to heightened competition and decreased prices for consumers.  This movement is questioning the ability of manufacturers to keep copyrighted software and other technical information and products in the hands of only an authorized dealer network. This means that if the owner’s equipment needs repairs an authorized dealer is where it needs to go instead of the owner being allowed to fix it. This legislation does little to protect the consumers and instead threatens both safety and environmental protections.

Farmers are now fighting back to regain control of their equipment. Currently New York, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Minnesota are participating in the Fair Repair legislation.  It’s a proposed legislation that would require the manufacturers of farming equipment to provide diagnostic, technical and service information to farmers and independent mechanics.

Right now manufacturers are using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to block farmers and heavy equipment owners from repairing their own machinery. How can you the farmer help?

Farmers can start by contacting whoever represents the legislature for that state. Tell them that you want the right to repair your equipment and support a bipartisan Fair Repair Bill.  Repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible.  It’s good for he consumers, the environment, and good for businesses.

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5 Ways Farm Equipment Has Changed Lives for the Better

Over the decades equipment and technology have changed how we live our everyday lives. We can drive our cars further before refueling, our television sets have evolved into flat screens, and our ovens use convection cooking to bake dinner faster. Advancements in equipment and technology are often moving so quickly that we don’t even realize the how much they’ve change our daily lives.

So let’s take a step back and look at how farm equipment has made our lives easier.

  • Now you can check on where you got your tractor stuck! Thanks to computers and smartphones, you can keep track of your fields all from the comfort of your couch. You can even spot the exact spot you got that tractor stuck! Just ask this Farmer:

  • GPS ability to document yields, application rates, and tillage practices – remember when you had to keep all that information in your head? Sure, you still do, but now you’ve got a back up to that noggin and that comes in the form of Precision Ag!

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16 Struggles All Farmers Know to be True

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  1. The Mother Nature struggle – it’s a never ending battle. As soon as you start planting – rain. As soon as you need rain – no rain. Need some hail damage? Mother Nature has your back. Rainy day means sleeping in? Nope – there’s always work to do!
  2. Crops to plant – Corn is selling low, do you cut back or do you keep planting? Beans are predicted to be strong but will everyone else be planting bean as well. What about wheat? Deciding year to year on which crops to plant can be quite the struggle.
  3. Vacations – Vacations? That’s funny. Taking a vacation means making sure there is enough hired help to take care of the farm, feed the animals and make sure everything that could go wrong doesn’t. Is it worth the risk?
  4. No days off – you know that Friday feeling when your week is almost over and two days off is on the horizon? Yeah not many farmers do. The jobs keep coming – even on a Saturday.
  5. 16 hour days – Sun comes up, already working. Sun goes down, still working. The struggle is real when a work day is never just 8 hours – but 12, 13 even 16 hours. After all, you have to do what it takes to get the job done!
  6. Optimism – Keep your chin up! It’s harder than you think sometimes when the crop gets ruined mid-season by flooding or your bushels are off by a lot. The struggle to stay optimistic is real but maintaining optimism for next year is key.
  7. Appreciation – That moment when someone claims food comes from the grocery store. Farmers work so the world can eat, but the world doesn’t work to know how that food gets to their mouths. Farmers all struggle with uninformed people making claims about the crops they grow or the livestock they produce.
  8. Keeping your eyes on the road – all Farmers can relate to this – it’s almost impossible to drive down any road with fields and keep your eyes on the road. After all, there are fields to size up!
  9. Plant or harvest delays – you did all the work to get the planter ready and wait for it…RAIN. Ready to get chopping? Don’t tell Mother Nature!
  10. When sleep takes a back seat to the fields – #TeamNoSleep happens when Mother Nature and harvest or plant time get together and decide that for 3 days the weather will be perfect for getting the job done. If that means working under lights, so albeit, sleep isn’t that important right?
  11. Having fields miles from civilization – you know how that goes. Whether it’s that you’re starving or when you gotta go, you gotta go – this struggle involves some creativity if you know what we mean.
  12. The dirt and scents you can pick up – Whether it’s the smell of diesel, animals or anything in between – the sign a busy day isn’t complete without coming home smelling like something you’ve worked on or fed. You know you’ve really done it in when you need gasoline to get those hands clean!
  13. 5 MPH – Enough said. Trying to get through with a field before the storm comes? Hopefully 5mph is fast enough for ya!
  14. When the duals fall flat – it always happens in slow motion. There you are taking the duals off the tractor and it falls flat on the ground. Good luck getting them up. Just picturing it makes us cringe!
  15. The urge to smell fresh dirt – you know spring is coming when you get that urge – the urge to smell the fresh turned dirt. The struggle is real when that is months away!
  16. It’s always something – whether you’re stuck, something in the tractor goes wrong or the part you need won’t be in for a while – there’s always a struggle on the farm. But there’s no better way life to have than to face those struggles and still come out on top!

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