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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.


(Credit: Andrew H.)


(Credit: Garrett J.)


(Credit: Harlan H.)


(Credit: Jarrod T.)


(Credit: Harley S.)


(Credit: Kevin A.)


(Credit: Bob C.)


(Credit: JD F.)


(Credit: Lee S.)


(Credit: Monique W.)


(Credit: Matt G.)


(Credit: Megan L.)


(Credit: Michael G.)


(Credit: Rainy J.)


(Credit Trevor C.)


(Credit: Samuel V.)


(Credit: Uriel D.)


(Credit: Waylon K.)


(Credit: Justin F.)


(Credit: Zane S.)

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7 Aspects to Consider when Buying a Grain Dryer

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As harvest approaches, a grain dryer will be needed for farmers to dry their grains from corn to wheat.  If you are in the market for a new or used grain dryer here are some things to consider before making that purchase.

1.Choose the right dryer

There are a number of things to look at when choosing the best dryer for your operation. Capacity would be the first thing to look at. If the maximum capacity to dry is 100,000 bushels, an in-bin system is suggested. If it’s a larger amount such as 750,000 bushels GSI suggests a tower dryer.

2.Do you qualify for an energy grant?

Does your purchase qualify you for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant from the USDA? It can pay up to 25% of the total eligible project costs. Also check if your local electrical distribution company offers grants to promote energy efficiency.

3.Think long term

Grain dryers can last anywhere between 20 to 30 years. U.S. farm yields tend to increase by 2% to 3% annually. Down the road you may have 30% more wheat. That’s why it’s important to make sure you choose one that will meet your needs for a long time.

4. It’s more about the investment than the cost

Farmers are initially wary of the cost of their grain dryer purchase but it’s important to pay attention to the effectiveness of the dryer. Will it help to increase your yield?

5. Increase dryer holding capacity

If you have a larger holding capacity and you maintain optimum airflow, not too high and not too low, you will dry the most grain. It may cost more in the beginning, but it will pay off every year.

6. Shop Around

Make sure before you pick that perfect dryer you shop around and compare others in price and options other dealers have to offer.

7. Check power needs

Make sure you check with your electricity provider on how much amp service you need. If you’re replacing your old grain dryer, have the electric company come out and check your existing system to see if it’s acceptable.

Begin the search for your next grain dryer purchase at Fastline.com.



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


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


Start the search for your next combine at Fastline.com.



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Ten Signs It’s Harvest Time


Harvest time is here and for many, it’s their favorite time of the year! Check out these ten signs it’s harvest time from your fellow Farmers!

1. The Lights in the field- when the weather is right, it’s go time – even if that means running through the night.  

2. The dinner table moves from the dining room to the field, after all a meal together is priceless.  

3. Optimism is at its highest 

4. You see a lot more of the good type of traffic: 

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5. The landscape takes on a new look. For months you watched it grow and fill the fields, now its back to the flat land until next year. 

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Hot Topics in Ag


What went down while you were resting up this weekend? Find out all the latest happening in the Ag industry by reading the Hot Topics in Ag below!

California Drought Spreads

A third of California is now in the worst state of drought classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor, with the “exceptional drought” designation expanding to 33 percent late last week from the 25 percent recorded one week earlier.

Federal officials say the upsurge is attributable to not only a lack of rain, but also additional data that gives them a better understanding of the impact of three years of well-below-normal precipitation.  Read More


Study Attacking GMOs Retracted Last Year Is Republished

It’s back. A controversial study purporting to show that genetically modified food causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe (DOI: 10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5). It was retracted last year by Food and Chemical Toxicology, which published it in 2012.

The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize suffered kidney, liver and pituitary problems. But the original was slated by toxicologists for its poor use of statistics, and the republished study has received just as much criticism. Read More…


Farmers Playing Wait and See After Rain

Excess rain is starting to leave its mark on Iowa crops, although corn and soybeans continue to rate highly, according to state agriculture officials.

“Parts of the state, especially Northwest Iowa, are dealing with excess water resulting in pockets of damage from recent severe weather,” Iowa Agriculture Bill Northey said in his weekly crop assessment. Read More…


Cattle Contracts Close At Historic Highs

Cattle buyers may be short bought, but they are slow in showing bids, except for a few in Nebraska at 238.00. DTN says their guess is live sales will eventually be 1.00 to 2.00 higher, but significant business may not develop until sometime on Friday.

Asking prices are around 153.00 plus in the South and 242.00 plus in the North. The kill was estimated at 117,000 head, 1,000 less than last week, and 8,000 more than last year.

Boxed beef cutout values were firm on choice and weak on select on light to moderate demand and offerings. Choice beef was up .49 at 245.01, and select was down .61 at 237.56. Read More…

Rootless Corn Can Recover

Rootless or “floppy” corn might look questionable, but under the right conditions, it can recover.

Corn crops that are leaning or lodged might be impacted by rootless corn syndrome, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Read More…


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