All Around the Farm, August 2012

  • Sweet Way to Prep Sweet Corn For Freezing

    Sweet Way to Prep Sweet Corn For Freezing

    Cutting the shank and ear tip from the sweet corncob can be quite a task when tackling 200 ears of corn. After years of blistered hands and cut fingers, I finally had a flash. In five minutes, I welded together two pieces of scrap steel, grabbed the tree pruner from the garage, and popped my new brace in the pickup's receiver hitch. Now my friends all ask, “Why didn't I think of that?”

    Larry Rouse Trumbull, Nebraska 402/694-9129

  • Organize Screwdriver Sets

    Organize Screwdriver Sets

    I built this wall rack out of a 24×2¾×¾-inch piece of wood. It's screwed to the wall with 2×2×¼-inch steel angle iron. There are holes for every screwdriver – ½-inch holes for the largest on down to ¼-inch holes for the smallest. Now I know right away when one is missing, and I go look for it where I used it last.

    Jacob Waldner Artesian, South Dakota

  • Farm-Built Hose Reel

    Farm-Built Hose Reel

    This hose reel is made from an empty wire reel. I put 2-inch pipe through the center, fastened it to the reel, and added a handle on the end. The guide in front is made of pex pipe and is fastened with pole barn spikes to the workbench so I can pull the hose out at almost any angle. This eliminates a lot of extra steps.

    Matt Lengacher Harlan, Indiana

  • Down Corn?

    Down Corn?

    To better feed down corn into the auger, I made custom mounts to put the bean reel from my 15-foot bean head onto my converted seven-row corn head. To run the bean reel, I left the orbit motor and hoses from the bean head.

    Rodney Vanden Top Rock Rapids, Iowa 712/472-2304

  • Idea Of the Month

    Idea Of the Month: Hay stacker as bale mover

    To load: Mechanical arms tip a round bale on its side onto rollers, then the apron catches the bale and moves it to the back. To unload: The apron moves the bales to the rear, and they tip upright again.

    Gerard Solchenberger, LaValle, Wisconsin

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