All Around the Farm

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Catch Rain for Spraying

Last year, there were issues with the effectiveness of my herbicides. I discovered, after a process of elimination, the problem was the water source. So I ran gutter downspouts off both sides of my 50×60-foot pole barn to a 6,000-gallon aluminum bulk tank. What a surpri
Double drain June 2020 AATF
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Pull-behind crop roller

Pull a three-section crop roller behind a drill to kill cover crops while planting beans.
Art for April 2020 IOM
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Old spreader makes a firewood trailer

It’s hard to get a big tractor with good hydraulics into the woods. I bought an old spreader this year for $300 and put a trailer log splitter on it. A hydraulic apron runs off the splitter pum
Manure spreader with log splitter
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Protect risers in a drip irrigation system

We recently enhanced the fence posts surrounding a dozen risers on a drip irrigation system by adding the metal cages that wrap around plastic containers holding chemicals. This keeps the cattle and deer off of the risers, and the risers are more visible from the sprayer or tractor.   
Chemical shuttle protects drip irrigation riser
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Odds and ends table

I end up with a lot of odds and ends; they might be a useful part one day! I’ve found that, in keeping things piled just 6 inches high or less, I can find what I’m looking for without having to dig. I set some old Tenderfoot flooring on a stand about 36 inches high. A
Roger Johnson's parts table
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About All Around the Farm

Successful Farming’s All Around the Farm section features ideas from farmers that can help save time, money, and labor. These farmer inventions include practical ideas for farm shops, tools, equipment, and more.

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Protect nozzle from the elements

Gas nozzle cover, July 2020 AATF This length of 1.5-inch ID PVC pipe with a glued-on cap has a screw on the side to maintain the weight of the hose. The nozzle hooks onto... read more

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