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In This Issue: Foundation Flood Vents Prevented Destruction Caused by Hurricane Sandy........................................... A5 Industry News.................................. A8 Monthly Favorites: What's New: Equipment & Products........A6 Keeping the Family Farm in the Family....A9 Farm and Ranch Life..............................A10 Your Other 8 Hours...............................A11 Pennywise.............................................A12 Clutter Clearing Choices........................A27 Positive Outlook....................................A25 Essays From My Farmhouse Kitchen......A26 Pony Tales by Ponty..............................A28 Product Spotlight...................................A31


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Volume 15, Issue 3 | March 2013

teditorial Foundation Flood Vents Prevented Destruction Caused by Hurricane Sandy.............................. A3

Pennywise.................................................... A10

Gayle Reed

Industry News.. .............................................. A6

Positive Outlook............................................ A11


What’s New.. ................................................. A4

Your Other 8 Hours......................................... A9

Heidi Gorman

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Essays From My Farmhouse Kitchen.................. A12


Keeping the Family Farm in the Family.. ............. A7

Pony Tales by Ponty....................................... A14

Farm and Ranch Life....................................... A8

Product Spotlight........................................... A17

Administration Kim Lennon

Jan Hilpipre Kris Taylor

Clutter Clearing Choices.................................. A13

ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Julie Kochendorfer PRODUCTION artistS Nancy Cain Justine Lee Valerie Walburn Advertising Sales Support Wendy Novak

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Donald Zolan

he first time you meet Donald Zolan, you have the feeling of meeting an old friend whom you just haven't seen for awhile. His warmth, candor and interest in others can disguise the fact that he's one of our nation's most talented and popular artists. A very positive and forward looking man, he's at peace with himself and his world. The love and joy you see in his paintings are a sincere expression of himself. A fifth generation artist, Zolan began drawing at age three, and, by age five, was working in watercolors and winning local competitions. He won his first major art competition at age thirteen and was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. By sixteen, he won a scholarship to Chicago's American Academy of Art. Full-time formal training began after high school with a full scholarship to the American Academy of Fine Art. Upon graduation, he was selected to apprentice with Haddon Sundblom, a famous Chicago illustrator most known for his Coca-Cola Santa Claus. Zolan moved into the field of commercial art, where he was a great success over the next twelve years. His true love, however, was his fine art paintings which were shown in leading galleries and museums around the world. By the 1970’s, he finally established his own gallery on Nantucket Island. In 1977, the President of the Bradford Exchange visited a Chicago gallery and was so impressed with Zolan's paintings of children that he decided to commission a new work for a collector plate. One April afternoon, Zolan was watching his son blowing a dandelion in the backyard. Inspired by the wonder and fascination of his young son blowing a dandelion, he created his famous painting – Erik and Dandelion - which launched his thirty year collectible career. This new work immediately became Plate of the Year, the first of countless awards Zolan won as a limited edition collectible artist. Zolan's work soared in popularity with collectors and his images were soon licensed on a wide range of products by more than 25 national and international companies, spanning the globe from the Americas, to Europe, and to Australia. In 2008, Zolan introduced a new collection of Santa Claus paintings inspired by his apprenticeship with Haddon Sundblom. In-

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troduced at the New York Licensing Show, Zolan’s new collection captivated and excited collectors with his amazing portrayals of the traditional jolly Americana Santa. As Sundblom created his Santas for the Coke corporation, Zolan too has introduced a new collection of John Deere Santa’s. Zolan is continually inspired by his happy childhood in Brookfield, IL. His parents fully supported and nurtured their son's talent, and, by his own admission, Zolan had an idyllic childhood. In his own words, Zolan recalls, "Each painting is emblematic of my happy and carefree childhood days growing up in the Heartland. Life was an adventure with my dog, Skipper, always discovering something new and exciting in my little world.” All of Zolan’s paintings rekindle a spark of nostalgia in each of us as the warmth and richness of his work touches the heart and enlivens the soul. This love and joy is reflected in his works. The unique combination of a subject matter so close to his heart and incredible talent, nurtured through years of technical training and experience, make Zolan's paintings among the most popular in the world. To view more of Zolan’s paintings visit For more information or licensing inquiries contact The Zolan Company at 32857 N. 74th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, or call 408306-5680, email: © The Zolan Company, llc. All Rights Reserved.

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As grain bins have grown in size and diameter, Hutchinson/Mayrath, a division of Global Industries Inc., has recognized and answered the need to reach higher and farther with an all-new Chain Commander 130 Portable Grain Pump. With a tube length of 130 feet, it can easily reach the center of a 120-foot bunker or the top of grain bins up to 75 feet in diameter, thanks to an 83-foot maximum discharge height. The 12-inch diameter main conveying chamber provides an impressive capacity of 10,000 bushels per hour using either electric motor or tractor PTO power.

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Hutchinson/Mayrath was the pioneer of grain pump technology and has promoted the gentle handling, energy efficient, excellent capacity at steep inclines, long life, and low maintenance features of the chain and paddle conveyors. “The Chain Commander 130 is our most versatile conveyor to date as it can be lowered to an overall height of only 13 feet, six inches for safe transport,” says Mike Williams, sales manager for Hutchinson. “The widestance, stable undercarriage, which contributes to its low transport profile, also features a dual-cylinder hydraulic lift system that quickly elevates the 130-foot unit for either bin or bunker unloading,” he adds, noting that a hydraulic hitch assists in raising and lowering the hitch for transport. Another popular feature is the optional remote swivel spout, which is conveniently controlled at ground level, for complete control of the grain pile when filling bunkers. The remote control spout also minimizes the need to relocate the conveyor as the bunker is filled. “As storage units become larger and the need for temporary bunker storage continues to increase, we’re confident the Chain Commander 130 will fill a valuable role,” Williams concludes. “Our customers have told us they need more reach without sacrificing capacity and I believe the 130 adequately answers both requests.”

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«What's New The Case IH Precision Disk parallel-link row unit design helps ensure unmatched seed placement accuracy for improved emergence and stand establishment. Patentpending variable down-pressure springs apply the right amount of pressure on individual row units to ensure better penetration across varying residue and soil conditions. In addition, the forward-facing seed tube design directs the seed, working in conjunction with the scraper, for more consistent placement in the bottom of the seed trench. To close and seal the seed trench, the newly designed double-edged closing wheels, with three easy-to adjust pressure settings, eliminate air pockets and ensure good seed-to-soil contact. These new press wheels have been designed and tested to endure in the higher speed operations, variable soil and high residue conditions experienced by today’s growers across North America. Hydraulic down pressure across the full width of the disk drill can be adjusted either manually or via in-cab display option. Three convenient presets help maintain ideal row unit down pressure for changing field conditions and making it easier to adjust “on the run.” •


Case IH Precision Disk drill owners can get more done each day because these drills provide the tire packages and walking-beam axle options that will allow you to “shift-up” when appropriate – while maintaining accurate seed placement across a wide spectrum of field and tillage practices. In addition, operators will spend more time in the field and less in transport, with some of the industry’s narrowest transport widths. Operators can quickly and easily move from field to transport mode, and back again. In addition, overall machine length and working widths make the Precision Disk drills easy to transport and improve field maneuverability. •


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New Portable Grain Moisture Tester from AgraTronix AgraTronix has unveiled the much anticipated MTPRO+ 05100 Portable Grain Moisture Tester. The MTPRO+ features a direct readout for 40 different grain scales for high moisture grain up to 40%. The grain meter accurately indicates the above limit and below limit moisture values for farmers working to preserve the value of their crops and ensure that their grain sells for what it is worth. The new MT-PRO+ stands apart from its predecessor with its many advantages including a USB port for personalization (adding user name), grain scale, firmware and diagnostic updates. The MT-PRO+ has a new, large, 2.5 in. LCD screen with selectable large or standard size fonts. The screen displays the active function and allows the user to scroll up or down through the numbered grain scales with ease. Other great additions include the grain tester’s capability to automatically average a selectable number of tests and its ability to store the average calibration for all grains tested. The grain tester also boasts to be the industry first moisture meter with a backlit push-button interface for low light conditions. It has a battery power indicator that warns users at power up when the two 9V alkaline batteries are below 15% capacity and a battery saving feature that includes a user selectable shut-down time. The AgraTronix 05100 MT-PRO+ Portable Grain Moisture Tester includes a protective carrying case with shoulder strap. Its illuminated, multilingual display is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. Technical specifications include a moisture range of 5% to 40% depending on grain tested and a temperature range of 32° to 113°F (0° to 45°C). Please be sure to check out the new MTPRO+ for yourself to see why it’s the hottest new tester to maximize grain yield at the elevator. AgraTronix is the leading manufacturer of electronic moisture sensing instrumentation in the agricultural industry for more than 37 years. They are renowned as the worldwide industry standard for grain and hay moisture testing devices. Always incorporating the latest technology, AgraTronix offers a wide range of highquality, competitively priced products with specifications to meet the everyday farmer’s needs. They have built a reputation of quality, reliability, service and state-of-the-art technology. For more information call 800-821-9542 or visit

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The purpose of these sessions is to educate growers of any background about the variety of controlled environment agriculture opportunities. The hydroponics portion of the event will discuss production factors, trouble-shooting, disease control, marketing your produce and more. FarmTek has a large variety of hydroponic systems at their campus, allowing you much hands-on experience. The fodder curriculum will cover using fodder in your operation, system components, sanitation, producing microgreens for high-end markets and more. The introduction to aquaponics will go over the basics of fish farming, the connection between hydroponic vegetable production and fish farming, how to construct aquaponics systems to produce at a variety of levels and more.

The CEA school attendance fee is $995, which includes three nights’ lodging and lunch each day. As an added bonus, if you decide to purchase a system after completing the school, you will receive $995 off the purchase of a complete hydroponic, fodder or aquaponic system. If you have already purchased a system, you can attend the CEA school free of charge.

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New Tax Laws for 2013 Dear Michael: We are so relieved we don't need to worry about estate taxes – if they had gone to $1,000,000 and they stayed at $5,000,000 per person. However, we still have a lot of issues with health and are concerned about the long-term impact of our health on the ownership of our land. What things were included in the new tax bill or the Health Care Act that will negatively affect us going forward? – Relievedl Dear Relieved: In the new legislation in the tax bill, they made the Unified Credit permanent. Unlike past tax bills that had sunset provisions in them regarding how long the Unified Credit would be good for, this one made the $5,120,000 a 'permanent' amount, as well as the fact this amount will be indexed for inflation in years to come.

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Indexing means that this $5,120,000 should grow by an index tied to inflation. The past few years, this indexing hasn't added much, as the overall economy did not grow very much. If we return to higher inflation years, this indexing should add more and more value. In addition, they made the 'reciprocity' of the Unified Credit permanent. This means if the first spouse dies and leaves everything to the surviving spouse, the survivor can apply to use the unused Unified Credit of the first spouse. One must remember, though, in order to qualify for this unused credit, one must file with the IRS for this credit transfer within nine months of the date of death of the first decedent spouse. Nine months and one day later, you're too late and you lose the $5,120,000 credit. I always put 'permanent' into parentheses these days, as any legislation is 'permanent' until a new Congress comes along and decides to change any or all of a 'permanent' part of existing law. In other words, nothing is truly permanent based on the ability of Congress to change the law. It is, however, much easier to contemplate certain estate planning techniques knowing the Unified Credit has been made permanent.

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One thing is for people who are considering setting up life estates, or trusts, or other methods of protecting their farm or other assets from Medicaid attachment, the five million/single ten million/married gift amount was left open. This allows for people to continue to use gifting as a method of protecting their assets. The life estate was especially problematic as there was a gift of value at the time of the transfer of the residuary deed to children while retaining a life estate in the property. The value of this gift is based on an actuarial table set out by IRS to determine what this gift might be. This gift would then have been subtracted from the Unified Credit at the time of your death.

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The life estate ownership has one unique tax aspect, however, that if estate taxes credits had been lowered, would have caused a great deal of problems. Life estates are still included in the decedent's estates at their full market value at the time of death of the life estate owners. In other words, if you have property worth one million, set up a life estate and gave the residuary deed to your children, you may have given a gift of $400,000 (40% of a $1,000,000 value on the land based on IRS's actuarial table.) Then, upon your death, the land is again placed in your estate for estate tax purposes and the $1,000,000 land had now grown to $1,500,000. If the estate credit had been lowered to $1,000,000, you would subtract the $400,000 gift (at the time of transfer) leaving you only $600,000 of credit, but then still have to include the land at $1,500,000 for estate tax purposes. You would have been $900,000 over and taxed at 40% or $360,000. Being as the credit has been left at $5,000,000 dollars, this type of planning for smaller farms and ranches is still available – for now. One thing people don't realize is that to change the rules regarding Medicaid approval and protection of assets, the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't need presidential or congressional approval. If they decide to change the look back period, or recognizing life estates as viable, or any other changes to Medicaid rules, they can change this in a heartbeat and give very little warning to the American public. Considering all of the financial issues of our country – and most of these are regarding our aging population and their healthcare, don't be surprised that a new ruling regarding Medicaid is already in the works. Last time they changed the rules from three years to five years, they announced they made the changes on January 15th and the rules changed on February 6th, 2006 – roughly three weeks later. They didn't people much of a chance to react – which is kind of the idea. ________________________________________ Do you have questions about estate planning? Need to know more about how you can "Keep the Family Farm in the Family"? Email questions to Michael Baron at or call him at 800-373-4078.

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Farmers tend to work harder and to suffer silently when stressed financially. Some family members acquire second or even third jobs to enhance household income.


Kirk Kardashian described in Milk Money how some dairy producers sought economic relief and failed by applying these approaches to dealing with stress. Working harder usually causes people to experience loss of necessary sleep and recreation, faster burn-out, and more frustration. Foremost, we need to take care of ourselves physically and behaviorally.

By Dr. Michael R. Rosmann

How Dairy Producers And Other Farmers Can Cope With Stress Dairy producers currently are enduring one of the most serious and protracted economic crises of any segment of agriculture.

response to below-break-even milk prices and increasing feed costs. This was 6.7 percent more than in all of 2011, and the most cows culled since 1986.

The recent temporary extension of the current Farm Bill by Congress addresses neither the cyclical stresses that affect dairy producers nor the greater ongoing fundamental shift in the dairy industry. The temporary extension put off meaningful solutions.

Reducing increasingly expensive inputs such as protein and grain has cut milk production somewhat, along with drought negatively affecting the quality of pastures and hay production.

What should be done to improve the bottom line for dairy producers is a matter for debate. I will leave that part of the problem to farm economists, dairy producers and legislators. For a penetrating analysis of the dairy situation, see Kirk Kardashian’s recently published book, Milk Money: Cash Cows and the Death of the American Dairy Farm. Kardashian is affiliated with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He examined the dairy industry from its inception as an agricultural enterprise to its current state. I will focus on ways dairy persons, and any farmer, can cope better with behavioral health issues that accompany severe financial pressures. Hunkering down is a way many farmers deal with economic challenges. Livestock and dairy producers often sell off a portion of their herd, usually the poorest producing animals. Some farmers also delay improvements to their operation and reduce purchases of inputs. The aim is to retain enough animals, whether swine, bovines or whatever animals the farmer raises, to have a solid genetic base from which to expand when prices for the finished products improve. In an October 9, 2012 article for Bloomberg, Elizabeth Campbell reported that 2.04 million dairy cows were slaughtered during the first eight months of 2012 in

Reducing the number of dairy cows and their feed has not resolved the milk price problem however, because production per cow has increased slightly. Economic forecasters predict further cow sell-offs, and bankruptcies among producers before milk production declines enough to boost prices sufficiently. Both large and family-sized operations are being affected. It is psychologically better for farmers to sell off some of the herd than to fully liquidate the herd or resort to filing bankruptcy. In most cases partial liquidation gives producers hope for the future as well as enough capital to “hang on” longer. Partial liquidation also helps producers to feel they are contributing to necessary changes within the industry— that is, reducing the overall supply in comparison to the demand for their products. Producers feel they are sharing in the solution. Total bankruptcy can be a killer. The farm crisis of the 1980s taught us that bankruptcy was associated with increases in anxiety and depression within farm families, family relationship strains such as bickering and blaming, substance abuse and suicide. Suicide has increased recently among dairy operators who have been forced into foreclosure. It goes without saying that proactive partial liquidation, along with temporarily reducing inputs and improvements, are healthier coping strategies.

It is preferable to bring outside inputs into the solution planning. Seeking consultations with farm financial managers, psychological counselors and trustworthy advisors are usually helpful. Some of the best advice-givers are other farmers, but one must select all advisors wisely to make sure they have your best interest at heart and can maintain confidentiality. They also must “know something,” that is, they must have knowledge that is useful for your situation. We need to share our troubles to obtain feedback, to gain perspective and sometimes just to hear ourselves verbalize what bothers us. Hope usually is easier to maintain, or reestablish, when we talk with sage confidants. Consumers are increasingly turning to organic dairy products. Conversion of conventional dairy operations into organic production units could be a long-term contributor (usually it takes 3 years or longer) to solutions for the dairy industry. Improvements in the overall U.S. economy will probably lead to continued greater demand for dairy products, even if they cost more. Passage of a Farm Bill that constructively addresses the problems within the dairy industry could help, but I wouldn’t count on Congress fixing the problem. It is better for stressed dairy producers and other farmers to adopt healthy behavioral coping strategies for the immediate future. _______________________________________________________ Dr. Michael R. Rosmann brings the perspective of a farmer in “Farm And Ranch Life”. Dr. Rosmann grew up on a mixed grain and livestock farm in Western Iowa where he experienced enjoyable hard work and 4-H, and witnessed the stresses that accompany farming and farm life. Dr. Rosmann developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. In 2001, Dr. Rosmann, along with partners in seven states, founded the nonprofit network, AgriWellness Inc. AgriWellness conducted research and provided counseling services to farm people. It became clearer that a specialized field – agricultural behavioral health – was needed to respond to the unique problems experienced by farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture. Email Dr. Rosmann at, or visit his website at You can call him at his office in Harlan, Iowa at 712-235-6100.



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That bloated sensation you feel isn't just from the excess eggnog and stuffing you ate over the holidays. It's far worse. It's actually the end, not the beginning, of each January that's the most important time of the year. Most people are focused on losing the extra pounds they gained and paying off their credit card debt–in the publishing world the focus is almost exclusively "health and wealth." We have literally and figuratively stuffed ourselves with too much food and too much spending and in late January we realize the damage we've done. However, the issue is much bigger than eating or spending too much. In fact, the choice is as important as the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, success and failure. Which way you choose to go will either lead you to feel full or fulfilled. It's a simple choice with dramatic ramifications. Choose wrongly and you'll feel agitated, depressed and uninspired. Choose correctly, and you'll feel energized, happy and at peace. But what are the two choices? Consuming and creating. Or more accurately, consuming versus creating. Consuming is easy and fun. We all do it so well. Sure, we eat too much and spend too much, but our consumption response runs much deeper. The consumption

I'm referring to is less about calories and dollars (although those are important, too) and more of a way of life– consumption of thoughts, ideas, values and habits through talk radio, TV and gossip magazines at the grocery checkout. These forces have a powerful grip on us by capturing our attention and then shaping our beliefs. Worse yet, they prevent us from creating. Imagine a pipe connected to our soul that extends to the outside world. If we've become complacent by consuming too much of what other people create–the movies, the shows, the articles–these ideas flow into us and change who we are, what we believe and what we value. It gets worse. By overconsuming, the flow of ideas is always from the world into us, and there isn't any opportunity to create and allow what's in your soul, head and heart to flow out into the world–the book you've always wanted to write, the documentary you want to film, the business you want to start, etc. This is the real tragedy. There is something within you that can improve your life, your family's lives and the world, but if you're too busy passively consuming other people's values and creations, yours will remain forever stuck inside of you.

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My buffet in the dining room is an old cast iron cook stove, complete with warming ovens and water reservoir. I didn’t want a fancy piece of furniture that everyone would be afraid of scratching. My kids used to roller skate from the living room through the dining room to the mud room, and I told my husband that if they ever hit that stove the only thing that could get hurt would be the kid!

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My family room couch came from another grandmother and dates back to the 1940s. It’s saggy and worn, but we still use it.

Making Do With What You Have (or how to achieve the ‘Eclectic’ look!) Last month I commented on an exchange that I overheard between a couple discussing the purchase of some furniture. She wanted new, and he said that they couldn’t afford it–because the credit card interest rate was too high. As I walked away, I thought about the early years of our marriage and how, as a young couple just starting out, we had to ‘make do’ with whatever cast off furniture the relatives could spare. We’ve never had a decorator magazine looking home. We’ve always said that our home is furnished in the style of early junkyard and late attic. I think the term today is eclectic– meaning nothing matches! Most of this furniture is still in use in my house. Some of it is old, some, not so old. Some may be considered antique now, but when we got them, they were in the category “old stuff nobody wants but too good to throw away”. But we have everything we need, and it’s fairly comfortable. No, it will never look like a furniture store showroom, but we’ve never had any credit card payments, time payments or the interest charges either, just to pay for something to sit on. Ours is a country home. March means calving time, and it’s entirely possible that there will be a baby calf curled up in front of the heating stove in the living room. We used to have litters of newborn baby pigs in that exact same spot. Yes, the thought of this might cause some ‘ick factor’ grimaces on the faces of the city folks, but when the critters are your bread and butter,

My point is, be creative and use what you have and accept anything else someone gives you. If you can’t use it, chances are that you know someone you could pass it along to. Refreshing the looks of a room may be as simple as moving the furniture around to a different location. Just putting some of those things away for a few months and changing out table covers or pillows can change the look for very little money.

you do whatever is needed to see to their needs first. And floors should always be scrubbable! Having a country home with an eclectic look means I can have anything I want, as long as I can get it in the door and we all like it. I know I’m going to keep my look forever. I once had a visitor that said to my husband, “Your house is like a hug and it makes me feel good to be here.” I can’t think of a better reason to leave things as they are. Some of the pieces are recycled belongings of family members. I have an old sewing rocker in my bedroom that belonged to a great grandmother, passed down to my mother, who rocked her eight children in it. I have memories of rocking my baby brothers and sisters in that same chair when I was growing up. The chair was passed on to me when my children came along. We believe in rocking our babies! We have an old icebox from the pre-refrigerator and electricity days in the dining room. This belonged to my husband’s greatgrandparents, and the handles are worn from years of use. We rescued it from the farm shop about 30 years ago where it held

I’m a great one to use washable covers for my living room couch and chair; sometimes the guys’ coveralls carry things into the house I’d just as soon not have on the furniture. I made my covers by simply sewing strips of denim cut from their old worn out jeans and hemmed around the edges. Denim blue is the main color in my living room. Yard sale time isn’t that far off in my part of the country, and is already underway in warmer regions. If you can, make yourself a savings bank (I use an old peanut butter jar) and put away any stray quarters or dimes that come your way. I gather mine from cashing in what few coupons I do use. I just might end up with enough to buy something pretty to add to my country home–without spending a fortune! Remember, it’s all about how you use YOUR money! –Till next time, Paula

Make You Own 'Cream of Something' Soup Mix, Recycle Those Rubber Gloves, Freeze Your Extra Eggs and More! Cream Of ‘Something’ Soup Mix Condensed Cream of ‘Something’ Soup is a dry mix, so when you need some cream soup for a recipe you just add water and cook. It is much less expensive than buying the cans at the supermarket. Mix together in a jar: 1 cup non-fat dry milk powder ¾ cup cornstarch ¼ cup bouillon powder (If you have cubes, you have to smash them up. Use whatever kind you have–beef, chicken, veggie.) 4 tablespoons dried minced onions 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn’t find thyme so I used dried parsley) 1 teaspoon pepper For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1-¼ cups water and cook until thick, then add to your recipe. If you want to add mushrooms, stir in as many as you need or want. I use about 1 cup of canned chicken in mine for cream of chicken soup. I keep the mix in the pantry and the recipe taped to the door so I don’t lose it. This is a real dollar saver!

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‘Gummy’ Hair This hint has been around forever, but needs repeating every once in a while. When–not if–your child gets bubble gum or any other kind of sticky mess in his or her hair, you don’t have to cut the hair off. Simply grab your jar of peanut butter and work it in, around and through the ‘gummy’ hair. There is something in peanut butter that causes the gum to break down into little rubber balls. A quick shampoo and all is well. (I’ve used this on my kids, the neighbors kids and even 4-H kids on occasion!)

Recycle Rubber Gloves If you have access to worn out rubber gloves (some folks wear them when they do the dishes), cut off the cuff portion and then slice it into 1” wide ‘rubber bands’. They are so useful in farm shops to corral all sorts of things, like belts, hoses, etc.

Frozen Eggs? My hens are working overtime, and now that Christmas is over and I don’t need to be baking all those goodies, I have eggs galore! So, I am freezing some of the excess eggs to use

this summer when it’s hot and the hens don’t lay as well. I take the small sandwich freezer bags and put in as many eggs as I need for the recipes I use, anywhere from two to six eggs per bag. I break the yolks and add just a few grains of salt, squeeze out the air, seal and freeze on cookie sheets. When they are frozen solid, I put the bags of eggs in a larger freezer bag and store where I can find them in the freezer. Frozen eggs can keep for 6 to 8 months. I just take out what I need and thaw in the fridge as needed. I also freeze whites and yolks separately for the two dessert cakes I make often–12 whites to a bag for the angel food and 12 yolks to a bag for the spongecake.

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"Make You Own 'Cream of Something' Soup Mix, Recycle Those Rubber Gloves, Freeze Your Extra Eggs and More!", continued from Page A10 jars, punch six holes in the top of the lid with a nail and then invert the jar on an old saucer. Place near the entrance to the hive on warmer days when the bees are moving about. A hive will consume one or two gallons of this mix on a warmer day. When spring arrives and there aren’t many flowers blooming yet, simply mix two parts of powdered sugar to one part solid vegetable shortening and mix well. Make into patties and put near the hive. If it’s not all used up after three months, just replace the patties. The shortening in the mix will kill the throat mites in the bees and the sugar will give them the needed boost to live until flower time. –F.F., California

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The Positive Outlook  By Steve Huneke


I just got started with a great new book that has not been on the market that long, and it seems to explain the Bible well to the average lay reader, me, so I thought I would recommend it to you. It is called “The Story”.

every other chapter in the Bible? What sets them apart? The New Heaven and the New Earth that are promised by God to everyone who believes in Him is different from the Garden of Eden.

I think a lot of people in this world have a hard time explaining all the points God is trying to accomplish in the Bible, and this book seems to be able to do that with the average Joe. At least, it is doing that with me. I am not quite finished with it yet, but the initial feeling is great, with a different perspective that sort of comes to you quickly since you are supposed to read it over the course of 31 weeks (there are 31 chapters are in the book). There are numerous Bible studies for all ages to accompany it, so you can enjoy learning about our loving God in groups.

What would make it different? Since I mentioned Coach John Wooden earlier, I once again would like to mention some of his great thoughts and sayings; they are inspiring!

A common question in society lately is: How can a loving God allow such evil to happen in this world? I am not initially going to answer that question because it is answered all through the process of reading and studying the book. I really do not want to give away the value and enjoyment you will have by reading it. I will try to give you enough about it to tease you into absolutely deciding you need to buy and read it. If you want more general knowledge about just understanding God’s great will and desire all during the different times of the Bible, this is for you. If you want to see how God’s will and plan (Upper Level) intertwine with our lives here on earth (Lower Level), this is the book. If you want to see through a layman’s eyes what God’s intentions were for humankind, how humankind messed it up and still does, and yet how God pursues us for that same relationship, this book is for you. The book starts off by admitting that it is starting with the basics and the very beginning of the world in Genesis. It uses some analogies, from how John Wooden used to coach the UCLA Bruins from starting to how you put your socks and shoes on. This is important because we got a lot of firsts in Genesis about 6,000 years ago. Just a taste would be water, land, the sky, stars, planets, plants, animals, humans, marriage, perfectness, sin, children, and love!

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“It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.” “If you do your best, angels can do no better.” “I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.” “At the same time I always tried to make it clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of a life that truly wins, and that is the one that place faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere. Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.” “It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.” “Young people need models, not critics.” I got a little off-topic of the book “The Story” with the great sayings of John Wooden, which are taken from his book “They Call Me Coach”. They both have a couple of things in common: God is the reason and driving force, and all things end well in the “Upper Level” if we have faith in God, meaning Heaven. It does not always look or feel that way in the “Lower Level” earth! If you are looking for a good book to explain the Bible in simple terms, “The Story” is your book for enjoyment and a 'Positive Outlook'. Steve Huneke




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Essays From My Farmhouse Kitchen By Renae B. Vander Schaaf

Getting Started in Farming Has Never Been Easy Last summer, I was admiring a farmer's antique tractor. He informed me that the restoration project was undertaken partially because it was a challenge, but also because the men who share this interest are his friends. Frankly, he said, his farming neighbors could care less about him. They would be happy if he died so they can get their hands on his land.

risks that made good. The progress on their farms ought to be admired, setting a standard for others to works towards. Things have been changing on the farm with older retiring farmers facing a lot of uncertainty. They wonder if they have accumulated enough to last. At they same time wonder what will happen to their life's work when they are gone. Especially now as the inheritance tax is set to take most of what they have laid up for their children. His situation may not seem a problem at all. There are enough obstacles in your path to. Such as finding an opportunity, then acquiring the capital and make a living. Do you think that just because you are young, that a landlord should sign a contract with you based on that alone? You might be dealing with someone who has invested his life in that farm. He raised his family there, through drought, hailstorms, bumper yields, with good or low prices.

Welcome to the world of agriculture, young men and women. Getting started farming has never been easy, in my estimation. Yet, one can understand why you want to--it is a vocation one is called to and has to be the best place to raise a family. Freedom to be your own man, with a bond between the farm, yourself and God.

They somehow understood that for every dollar not delegated back into the farm, it took x number of bushels to pay for money spent elsewhere. Later in life, some did begin taking trips or wintering down south, enjoying the fruits of their labor.

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clear clutter, organize your home, & reclaim your life Sadly Sorting Socks and Solving Laundry Woes Barbara Tako ­— Motivational Speaker and Author

Are you tired of doing the laundry dance or do you delight in it? Does the drudgery and repetition of this common task wear you down, or maybe you love the smell of clean clothes fresh from the dryer and thrill to the calming mood induced by sorting clothes and putting them away? If you are not happy with the laundry dance and you hate to fold or to put away (these are actually two different “issues” which call for two different solutions), then read how to simplify each process. Hate to fold? Folding clothes can be a repetitive boring task, so any way to speed up the process can help. I find sorting socks to be a major player here— you know, the large white mound of halfway turned insideout nuggets heaped on my bed that I have vowed to finish before I crawl into bed. Many laundry “experts” have told me the same “solution”: Train family members to pin their socks together before laundering. Ha! There are simpler ideas: Buy a different sock brand or style for each person in the family so you can sort them quickly. When that isn’t possible, for example, all little white anklet socks look pretty much the same, what then? How can you tell if that tiny white sock is really little sister’s sock, or if it is big sister’s sock that has lingered in the dryer too long? I don’t care to stand pondering these weighty matters at 11 p.m.! If you like to sew, put a different color stitch on the toe of each sibling’s sock. Pick one color for each person and stick with it. I am lazy. I make a dot on each sock toe with a permanent marker. Markers come in many colors.

Another sock option is to keep two mesh laundry bags in each person’s sock drawer. Use one bag for clean socks and the other bag for dirty ones. Dirty sock bags are gathered weekly and washed, leaving the socks in the bags throughout the process. After being laundered, clean socks are transferred to the clean sock bag in each person’s drawer. Family members are responsible for finding matched pairs in their bags when they need them and putting dirty socks in their dirty sock bag.

General Laundry Sorting & Folding Solutions If you have a large family, consider eliminating sorting. Some large families simply do laundry by person rather than by type of laundry. This eliminates sorting by person all together. Marking clothing, using mesh bags, and laundering by person are techniques that work for t-shirts, underwear, and other laundry too. A way to reduce laundry-folding repetition is to do it less often. Give yourself a longer break between sessions by borrowing a trick from our mothers or grandmothers: Pick a laundry day and do laundry only once per week. Make this day known to other family members so they know when they can get things washed. If a teenager has a problem with this, just say “no,” or better yet, say, “do it yourself!” If you have children, delegate folding! Long before I was fully comfortable with children running electrical kitchen gadgets, they folded laundry for me. Finally, some people don’t mind folding laundry at all. They find it relaxing

or they catch up on a television series by watching a prerecorded show, or they chat with a friend on the phone while they work. So, consider simply reframing how you view this task in your own mind.

What Comes After the Laundry is Folded? Putting folded laundry away is sometimes what frustrates people. They have nice clean neat stacks of laundry waiting in laundry baskets, stacked on the table, piled on a chair, down on the floor, or waiting by the stairs to go up to the bedrooms. Of course, these piles only stay neat and clean until some poor partially clothed soul comes along to dig through them to find what they need. Does this sound like your situation? Why does this happen? Maybe it just isn’t fun to put nice neat clean clothing into jumbled up or overcrowded drawers and closets?

Weed out to conquer Simplify putting laundry away by keeping closets and drawers clutter-free and organized. Regularly weed out clothing that isn’t being used. Strictly speaking, if you do laundry weekly, you wouldn’t need more than seven pairs of anything. The exception is the need to change clothing for activities like sports, exercise, or dress-up occasions. Toss mismatches, extras, things that are so worn that they are never worn, and what you and others never wear because it isn’t liked. Styles don’t come back quite the same, and if you don’t like something today, you probably won’t like it tomorrow. The same thought applies to everyone in your family. Free yourself today from extraneous laundry clutter that simply crams and wrinkles the things your family really wants to wear.

Divide to conquer Install drawer dividers to divide and conquer drawers. Drawer dividers can be as easy and simple as cardboard boxes cut to size. Dividing drawers keeps drawers from looking like they’ve been stirred up with a spoon. It provides great visual organization that is easy to maintain. Dividing space also helps quickly clue you in on when it is time to weed out a clothing category: If the sock section of the drawer is overflowing, it is time to weed out socks!

Finally, delegate to conquer Another way to simplify putting laundry away is to assign the task to others. Make each family member responsible for putting away his or her own laundry. If the drawers look like they’ve been stirred with a spoon but you don’t have to look in them anymore, are they still stirred up?


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The World’s Largest Brat

(courtesy of the Ptacek Family from Prescott, Wisconsin) The Ptacek family's IGA Grocery store in Prescott, WI, recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary with the creation of the world's largest bratwurst.

20 assistants lined up along the grill to systematically turn the brat for even cooking. If either the brat or the bun was broken, they would be disqualified from the contest. To comply with the standards and regulations of the Guinness Book of Records, they called in the city police chief and a state weights and measurements officer to make the official measurement of 52’ (feet) and 2” (inches) before having it registered with the World Record academy.

It's folks like the Ptacek family that become the driving force that fuels an industry of interrelated dependency. Without those creative juices flowing, there would be a lot of feedlots sitting empty across the country. Building and creating demand may be the most important integral part in the scheme of meat and livestock production. We can grow and process it, but until someone creates a consumer driven product, all of our efforts are for naught.

This was no small feat to accomplish, nor was it cheap, as the World Record Academy required a fee of $1900 to have it officially recognized. It was so much money that Pat Ptacek was having second thoughts (and even audible whispers of profanity) before digging deep into his coffers for another couple thousand dollars. After a $20,000 bun and the cost of a couple of gigantic brats , one for the record and one for the road, what's a couple more dollars?

The brat is one such product, and none does it better than the Ptaceks. They have not only created the world's largest brat but they hold the distinction of producing the Reserve Grand Champion Brat, as awarded by the T.Z.A.M. It seems only fitting that such prestigious accomplishments should happen in the state of Wisconsin — home to the very iconic roots of the meat and livestock industry. Oscar Mayer & Co., the gold standard of the meat industry, migrated from Germany to Wisconsin about 25 years prior to the opening of the Ptacek family business. So along with other national brands such as Hillshire Meats, the brat has become as uniquely Wisconsin as motherhood and apple pie, or more appropriately, beer and brats. The Ptacek family business can be traced back to Grandpa John Ptacek who started the business 100 years ago, and the reason for the 100year celebration which featured the world's largest brat. Mike Ptacek, the patriarch of both the family and the business, took the business over from his parents, Don & Charlotte Ptacek, and handed it over to his children as of Jan. 1st. Catherine, Raphael, Pat, Tom, Nick and Rochelle will each be 8% owners of a business that they have so deservedly earned. Like their father, they have worked hard to earn this ownership position. They have played a big role in the success of a business that has grown out of quality, integrity, and a sense of appreciation for serving its customer clientele. If there was ever a more community dominant enterprise in America, I would be hard pressed to know where. The Ptacek family-run IGA Grocery Store is without a doubt, the most honored and respected business in Prescott, WI.

It took a village to produce the world's largest Brat. In this beautifully nestled city, located on the confluence of the Mississippi/St. Croix Rivers is the often emulated template of the St Croix Valley, and home to the world's largest brat. The city is unique, as just as it took a dedicated family; it took a village to put this celebration together. This was apparent on the day of the celebration, as hundreds of people turned out to help celebrate and witness history in the making. Cars were lined up on every side street in the city, and everybody within walking distance was there to huddle in close to witness this once in a life-time experience. It took many willing hands to roll out a 50-foot plus bratwurst onto an improvised grill of gigantic proportion. And even more ingenuity to create a bun of this magnitude. It took 40 pounds of dough prepared by the Village Hearth Natural Bread Company of St. Cloud, MN, to form and bake the record bun. The bun had to be delivered by a semi-trailer tractor long enough to accommodate the 50plus feet brat. This in itself was a sight to behold, as it was gently put in place and strategically sliced.

But the Brat itself was the crescendo of crowd anticipation. At last, the coals were hot enough, and the 35-pound bratwurst was unwound from its tub onto the smoldering grill, and over

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But this family has always been reaching deep to find ways to serve the community that has

supported them so well for more than a 100 years. In recognition for their service, they have been awarded the Chamber Business of the Year award, and have received the IGA Star Store award for five consecutive years. Mike Ptacek (father) has become such a fixture in the store, that it is doubtful that the kids will be able to persuade him otherwise, but it is their wish for the New Year that Mike and his wife Jan be rewarded for their many years of hard work and dedication by having some well-deserved time to themselves. The meat and livestock industry thanks them for their many years of service and contribution. And the Prescott community thanks them and their staff of "Mike-minded" people for what they have meant to this community. It is with deepest respect that we continue to support the Ptacek family tradition for the next 100 the Ptacek family tradition for the next 100 years.

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USED FORD TRACTORS, running or not. 5000 to 5610 Series, etc. 6600 Series, etc. 7000 Series. Call Mike: 229-777-3710, 229-848-0295. 03/13 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– KADDATZ AUCTIONEERING & FARM EQ., 6676. Tractors and farm equipment. Salvage: tractors and farm equipment. Order parts online. New and used parts. 254-582-3000. 05/13

ROUND BALER BELTING AMERICAN MADE: Largest dealer in U.S. Original belting for all round balers including new John Deere - in stock! Save hundreds$$! Free shipping anywhere! No 800#, just best prices. Since 1973. MC/Visa/Discover/ Am. Express or C.O.D. Contact Hammond Equipment in Faundale, AL 36738, at 334-627-3348, or visit our website at 03/13

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“FREE” CHICK & TURKEY CATALOG. Quality chicks as low as $29.95 per 100. Call toll free 1-866-365-0367. Reich Poultry Farms, P.O. Box 100, Marietta, PA 17547. 03/13

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––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MISCELLANEOUS ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MEAT PROCESSING SUPPLIES - Grinders, cubers, all butcher supplies needed for farm and wild game processing. The Home Processor, call 770-535-7381, or visit us online at, 03/13 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– CONKLIN® DEALERS NEEDED! Lifetime career in marketing, management, and applying green products made in America. Visit www.frankemarketing. com. For a free catalog, call now at 320-238-2370, or 855-238-2570. 03/13

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Trans-Fer® Systems The safe, economical way to move grain and maintain quality.

In Tennessee:

PERRY FARM SUPPLY 6230 Hwy. 89 Palmersville, TN 38241 731-822-4455 800-594-4455 Call for more information or visit us at

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––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PRIORITY PAGES 2T Cattle Guard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Adams Truss Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 AGCO PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2 Agri Dry LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 Americas Seed & Belting . . . . . . . . . B1 Americas Seed & Belting . . . . . . . . B11 Beeson Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Beilers Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 Bermuda King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Best Livestock Equipment. . . . . . . . B12 Big Tractor Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Chattanooga Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Chop Rite Two Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 Construction Trailer Specialists. . . . . B6 Cox Mfg dba Dalton Ag. . . . . . . . . . . B9 Diamond W Corrals. . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 E. Rissler Mfg.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 Emerson Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . B12 Evans Cooling Systems . . . . . . . . . . B9 Four Star Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Fre-Flo Water Systems. . . . . . . . . . . B8 Gnuse Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Grassworks Weed Wiper. . . . . . . . . . B5 Greenwell Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Gulf Coast Supply & Mfg Inc. . . . . . . B7 Hoover Diesel Service LLC. . . . . . . . B4 Horst Welding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Industrial Maid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B2 JBM Advantage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 KIOTI TRACTOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B4 KIOTI UTV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6 Knutson Irrigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B11 KUBOTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6 Livestock Steel/All Rail . . . . . . . . . . B12 Maljohn Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Manchester Mfg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 Marr Bros.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Martin Baggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 MBSC Direct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B5 Moyer’s Chicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 NEW HOLLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6

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No Bull Enterprises LLC. . . . . . . . . B10 Nuera Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B11 Pacer Pumps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B5 Performance Medical . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Petersen Mfg. Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Phase-A-Matic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B5 Pond Enviro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B7 Power Tek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC Protank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Radiator Supply House Inc. . . . . . . B11 REINKE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B10 Scale Tec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B9 Strobel Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B3 Trailer Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 TSGC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Tubeline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B1 VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 Walinga Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Wire Fence Stapler. . . . . . . . . . . . . B12 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GENERAL ABF Packing Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A12 Ag Industrial, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Bass Equipment Co. . . . . . . . . . . . A16 Buddy Tucker Tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 CAN-AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 DMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 FEATHERLITE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A12 Fehr Cab Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 GSI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Joe Mescan Windmill . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Johnson Drainage Plows. . . . . . . . . A9 KAWASAKI ATV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 KAWASAKI MULE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9 Kermco-Dehaai Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . A16 KRONE BALER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A13 KUBOTA BX SERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . A2 MAHINDRA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Myers Poultry Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . A12 POLARIS ATV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A11 POLARIS RANGER. . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 Red Ewald Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A12 RK Products Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9 Ron’s Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9 Schweiss Doors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 Seed Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A9 SHIVVERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A12 Stull Feeders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A15 Virden Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A7

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Nuera Transport: Common components, uncommon people Unless you build or repair trailers for a living, Nuera Transport (Nuera) might not be a name you are familiar with. However, for over 20 years, their parts have been going into the toughest and hardest working trailers in North America. Trailer manufacturers, dealers, and repair shops across the nation and Canada have come to rely on their impressive inventory and unmatched technical expertise and dedication to service. Although Nuera boasts over 10,000 parts in Inventory, it’s really their “People” that separates them from other parts supply sites. Like the gray-haired employee walking the aisles of your neighborhood hardware store, Nuera prides itself on solving problems and getting to know its customers. Visit their site, and if you don’t find the part you need or have a trailer-related question, call their Customer Success (not service) Department at 1-877294-7343.

Get a quieter, cleaner cab environment with a new Fehr Cab Kit Is your tractor cab making you sick with the foam sagging and the ceiling drooping and deteriorating, all dirty, dusty and rattling? Our tractor cabs start showing their age (just like us farmers) after years of hard work. Fehr Cab Interiors can help your tractor cab environment become quieter and cleaner, as they have been renewing the linings of agri-cabs for 23 years. When a cab is over 10 years old, the foam lining loses all acoustical properties and starts to harden and deteriorate from exposure to sunlight and the extreme seasonal temperature changes. The foam should be replaced when it deteriorates, because it makes the cab so much quieter, silencing the vibrations that can damage your hearing. Another advantage to installing a new Fehr cab kit is that it can increase the resale value of your tractor as much as $2,000 or more. It just looks like someone has taken care of it. M A R C H 2 01 3

Fehr Cab Interiors can custom fabricate any cab parts, using the original panels and patterns, carefully duplicating them using new insulation to renew any cab. The more insulation foam that is added to a cab, the quieter it will become. Do-it-yourself kits are available with pre-cut, pre-sewn panels, complete with a super bond adhesive with instructions and diagrams for any farmer to install in his own tractor. Fehr Cab Interiors also installs many of their own kits so they know how the parts need to fit. The new interior kits make the cab atmosphere so much more pleasant, clean and quiet. Many cabs now have plastic pre-molded panels with the foam vacuum-formed onto the parts. Fehr Cab Interiors now makes these laminated parts for Case-IH, some AC, JD, Ford and White tractors. We are especially excited about the new JD 8100 series, 7200 series, and JD 6400 series cab parts. Other kits available for Steiger, Versatile, Massey Ferguson, Hiniker an Year-A-Round QT-1 cabs. Many pre-cut floor mats are also available. To make a difference in sound control in your cab, contact Fehr Cab Interiors, 10116 N. 1900 E. Rd., Fairbury, IL 61739. Phone 815-692-3355, fax 815-692-2574, or visit

Revolutionary new wire fence stapling system designed for farmers and professional fencers Available for the first time in North America, Wire Fence Stapler introduces the Stockade 400 wire fence stapling system designed specifically with the professional fencer, farmer, and rancher in mind. This new stapling system developed by Paslode New Zealand will save time and money. Simply load a rack of 2 inch or 1 3/4 inch galvanized barbed staples into the Stockade 400 and begin single or multiwire fence construction. With a groundbreaking pneumatic (125 psi) fencing tool and hot dipped galvanized barbed fence staples designed to perform in all weather conditions Paslode has just made a tough job a whole lot easier!

The revolutionary Stockade 400 pneumatic stapler is light weight (8.2 lbs), tough, and has enough power to drive staples into even the hardest fence posts. Loaded with depth adjustment features the 400 wire fence stapler is designed for any fencing job, saving up to 70% of the time currently taken to hand hammer fence staples. That time saving is money in your back pocket. Contact your distributor, Wire Fence Stapler at

‘Smokeless’ wood burners feature an overall efficiency of over 86%

to 0.45 grams of particulates per hour, depending on conditions. “There’s no furnace in the world that does what this one does,” said Daryl Lamppa. “The Kuuma furnaces are so efficient,” says Daryl, “because of a patented design that truly gasifies the wood, ensuring the cleanest and most efficient burn possible. It gasifies the logs and burns them clean. It really does burn in a different way, using a natural draft.” For more information, contact Lamppa Manufacturing at 800-358-2049 or visit Videos and financing also available. Kuuma today for a better tomorrow.

It’s all about safety, high efficiency, and enhancing our environment when it comes to using a wood burning furnace.

Stull’s 600 pound auger fed feeder

Lamppa Manufacturing has developed two remarkably clean burning furnaces – the Kuuma VaporFire 100 and 200. Both can heat an average insulated home up to 3,200 square feet, and are designed to eliminate wood smoke. By diminshing creosote and air pollution at the same time, the Kuuma VaporFire furnace is truly a ‘green’ product.

Our 600 lb. auger fed feeder is Stull Feeder’s newest feeder. It has the same basic design as the 400 lb. feeder, holds up to 600 lbs. of feed and is auger fed. A 12-volt motor can be wired to a battery or hooked up to a backup battery. A 10-foot starter switch lets you operate the auger from the driver’s seat. The Stull Feeders 600 lb. feeder bolts to the bottom of beds of UTVs and trucks. (It is not made to be mounted on ATVs.)

Benefits of VaporFire Furnaces: • Makes wood burning safe • Environmentally and operator friendly • Burns wood up to 99% smokeless • Less than 1 gram per hour of emissions produced for less environmental harm • The burn is controlled automatically by a simple knob • Its unique 24-volt computer eliminates the guesswork involved in safely and cleanly burning wood One of the world’s leading testing labs have found that the VaporFire wood furnaces burn with virtually no smoke, and with an overall efficiency of more than 86% — an efficiency unheard of for wood furnaces of any kind. The furnace also scored an incredible 99.4 in combustion efficiency.

For more information contact Stull Feeders by calling 800-369-4131 or email:, or vist our website at

New EPA guidelines, which were developed to reduce the emissions of particulates from new wood stoves, allow up to 7 grams per hour of particulates, which is a level that many wood stove manufacturers struggle to meet. However, the latest testing shows that the Kuuma furnaces are a spectacular exception, with results ranging from 1.0

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Pond aeration windmills: Why American Eagle beats the competition, reasons one through seven (out of 21) #1. American Eagle: the bellow is by Firestone, which can last 15 to 20 years under a heavy duty 2,000# truck. The competition: Diaphragms need replacement as early as two years.

To read fourteen more reasons to choose American Eagle, go to our website at www. For more information contact Joe Mescan at American Eagle Windmills, 440-2363278; fax 440-236-5496 or email joem@ Visit online at www.

farmers a range of options and tire choices to suit their specific application. Business has not been without its share of difficult times. A shop fire gutted the manufacturing facility late in 2012, shutting down production until the facility was re-built. However, the expanded manufacturing space in the new facility means more efficient production of equipment. Back in business, JBM is continuing what it does best – producing products that farmers across North American can both afford and trust.

#2. American Eagle: Bellow most volume of air; 3 to 6 cfm with a 10 – 15 mph wind–even more at 15 – 27 mph wind. The competition: Diaphragms 1 to 3 cfm–maximum.

which saves time. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment allows for quick mixing of manure and soil to prevent loss of nutrients and control odor. It can also be used for very shallow incorporation of fertilizer and select herbicides. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment can be equipped with a wide selection of coulter blades. Spaced on 6” centers, the coulter blades can be matched to achieve the desired amount of tillage and residue sizing.

For more information, contact John BM Manufacturing at 519-699-4324, fax 519699-6105, email, or visit

Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment gets even stronger Ron’s Manufacturing has added two more bearings to their kits. This makes the kits even more heavy duty. See our “Compare” video on our web site ( to see why 100% of who compare ‘hands on’ buy the American Eagle.

#3. American Eagle: High volume is more important than high pressure. American Eagle puts out only 8 to 9 psi but can supply up to six diffusers. The competition: Diaphragm more pressure, but can only supply a maximum of two diffusers. #4. American Eagle: 8 to 9 psi will supply one diffuser 14 to 16 feet. The competition: Diaphragms will pump deeper but with very little volume of air. The deeper you pump, the less volume. #5. American Eagle: Bellow warranty, five years. The competition: Diaphragm warranty–ZERO! #6. American Eagle: 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1-year warranty with an emailed picture of the defective part–and it ships out FREE the same day. The competition: Diaphragm warranty policy states the part may need to be shipped from as far away as Canada to be evaluated– then determined if it is the customers fault. Any new part will be shipped at the customer’s expense for parts, plus shipping both ways. (This can take months. We know a Diaphragm customer still waiting over a year.) #7. American Eagle: Pump action is a huge 1 and 3/4” stroke some call intermittent. Most pumps are. The Eagles huge volume of air creates the most effective method of water circulation. More air, more circulation. The competition: Only 1/2” stroke, also intermittent. Less volume of air results in much less water circulation. A 18

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Farm equipment built by farmers for farmers JBM Manufacturing hits the ag market with built-to-last equipment JBM Manufacturing is an Ontario based manufacturer of heavy-duty farm equipment, including a complete line of bale feeders, bale wagons and dump trailers – each one built with a passion for farmerfriendly products for over 20 years. Being a farmer turned manufacturer himself, owner Joe Martin realizes by firsthand experience the attention to detail that is essential for “farmer friendly” products.

Coulter kits from Ron’s Manufacturing converts any chisel plow to a year ‘round tool to prepare your fields. These kits are your year around tool for the perfect seedbed. The Vertical Tillage Attachment has a wide variety of capabilities, making it ideal for use in spring and fall. In the fall, it can be used to lightly till the soil and incorporate and size residue, setting the stage for the spring planting season. It is also a practical way to dry out wet soils. The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment works well in no-till conservation tillage, as well as conventional tillage operations, extending the growing season and creating better planting conditions. Vertical tillage prepares the soil to warm more quickly in early spring, energizing the seedbed for maximum growth and yield potential. In addition the Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment allows for shallow seedbed preparation which decreases the risk of excess soil density below the root zone.

“I used to be a farmer myself – now we’re manufacturing good, quality products for farmers,” says Martin. It seems their hard work has paid off. John BM Manufacturing now has a dealer presence across North America. JBM’s complete line-up of products includes feeder wagons, skid feeders, bunk feeders, bale wagons and thrower racks. The popular Grain & Forage Boss Dumpers, Dirt Boss Dumpers, and Mighty Dumpers make the ultimate dump trailer lineup for handling everything from grain to dirt and rocks. Additionally, many items can be customized to customer specifications, and JBM offers

For more information contact Ron’s Manufacturing at 40582 187th St., Carpenter, SD 57322 or call 605-266-2177. E-mail

Tandem Products produces animalfriendly livestock flooring Tandem Products manufactures “animalfriendly” plastisol coated steel mesh flooring under the trademark, Tenderfoot®. We produce flooring for animals up to 550 lbs in primarily the calf, swine and pet and research markets. In the calf industry we manufacture flooring for both veal calves and replacement heifers for the dairy industry. In the swine industry we manufacture a variety of flooring options for nursery through farrowing. We also produce a variety of flooring options for caging/kennels for the pet and research industry under the Dek-Cellent® trademark. The flooring has been proven to reduce labor costs and death loss while providing a clean dry environment for the animals. The plastisol coating is resistant to fungi and bacteria.

The Vertical Tillage Coulter Kit Attachment is a smart investment in that it has multiple uses, which will ultimately produce savings in terms of time and money. It also has a low operating cost per acre and can be used in a wider range of conditions than most tillage tools. It operates at a relatively high speed of 6 to 10 MPH,

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But, after years of promoting delayed castration, he began to realize he wouldn’t convince many more ranchers to delay their castration practices. It was a tradition that was hard to break.

Hoover Diesel Service LLC has the expertise and sources to provide complete power unit packages for the stationary non-road market Gehman Bros. of Terre Hill, Pa, was a lawnmower shop as well as a Petter Diesel dealer. Melvin Hoover joined Gehman Bros in 1973 to work in their diesel division and in 1974 bought the Petter Diesel aspect of the company and renamed the company Hoover Diesel Service. Two years later, in 1976, the business was moved to a larger facility for a higher parts stock and more engine storage space. Distributorship of the Lombardini Diesels was taken on at the same time. In 1985, the Lister company and the Petter Diesel company merged, giving us access to the Lister-Petter line of diesels. With the added capacity of selling both Lombardini and Lister-Petter engines, and after several additional employees, it was decided to build a 9,000 square foot structure in 1986. It included a dedicated engine rebuilding department, larger parts department, and a road service bay. In 1992 we were introduced to the Iveco Industrial dealership, which gave us access to an excellent line of diesels. 2005 brought on two more dealerships, as we added John Deere and Yanmar to our collection. With our ever increasing stock of parts, along with the generator sales, our facility gradually filled up. In 2011 we opened our brand new 31,000 square foot building.

Power Units Hoover Diesel Service offers a variety of diesel power units, built specifically to fit your needs. We can custom build a power unit to include a skid, clutch, muffler, or fuel tank. We have new and rebuilt units available.

Call us today to see what we can build for you! For more information on products contact Hoover Diesel Service LLC at 717-3543322 (New Holland) or 717-786-8839 (Quarryville), or visit www.hooverdiesel. com.

Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander provides humane care while improving financial returns Fifteen years ago, Mike Callicrate was working on a delayed castration trial with Temple Grandin and its affect on bigger bulls. “We were interested in the effects delayed castration with the Callicrate Bander had on bigger bulls - pain levels, growth, etc.” he recalled.

Generators Hoover Diesel Service has a large selection of generators in stock, both the double bearing belt driven style and the single bearing SAE housing mount. We also stock parts to keep your unit operating and provide field service to repair or maintain your generator. Give us a call to find the best generator to fit your application.

Generator Sets Hoover Diesel offers Hi-Power and Lister Petter genset units. We can also custom build a genset to suit your needs. Whether you need a backup power source for when the power goes out, or a mobile unit for on

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The study went well. Even with late castration, bulls castrated with the original Callicrate Bander went right back to eating and showed minimal signs of stress and pain. Waiting until later to castrate bulls allows the animals the growth benefit associated with natural testosterone. “Today ranchers still, for the most part, castrate early using elastrator bands or a knife. Then they typically implant the calves with a variety of synthetic growth promotants,” said Callicrate. “If they would wait until later they could grow their beef naturally and still have the growth and development benefits of testosterone.”

“I recalled that Temple Grandin mentioned that one of the most stressful things you could do to an animal was the use of elastrator rings. They simply don’t get tight enough. The animal swells into it. There was concern about the negative effects this procedure had on vulnerable young animals working to develop their immune systems. A knife was considered the second most stressful way to handle them,” Callicrate said. Those comments by Grandin, stayed in the back of Callicrate’s mind for over a decade. Recalling Temple’s comment about how the elastrator ring didn’t provide sufficient tension for complete ligation, a problem the Callicrate Bander finally solved in 1994, he decided to work on a more humane method of castration for young animals that would replace the highly stressful elastrator ring. Callicrate was explaining the elastrator ring dilemma to friend, Roy Harbach, an experienced aerospace manufacturing engineer. Roy came up with a few ideas, and between them, the Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander was invented. “We’re talking very young animals. The new Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander is designed for newborn calves, sheep and goats, up to approximately three weeks of age. It’s for those producers who want to castrate early,” he explained. The Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander was just released in January of this year and already the response has been very positive. The ‘WEE’ band is tight enough that it shuts off the blood supply and the pain response as well. Studies of high-tension banding have demonstrated that the complete negation of blood flow triggers a natural analgesic effect that blocks pain while minimizing swelling and related complications. “Many ranchers apply an elastrator ring, then drive over the hill and don’t notice what happens next,” he said. “Because elastrator rings are not tight enough, the animals experience pain until swelling finally blocks the blood flow and the pain eventually subsides.” Until that happens, Callicrate said, “these young animals lay on their side in pain, they roll and they paddle. It’s particularly noticeable in lambs and goats. They do a lot of vocalizing. They are in severe pain for a prolonged period of time.” Most people who raise livestock really do care about their animals and want to make sure they are treated humanely, The new Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander provides another tool for allowing better humane care while improving financial returns. Just like the original Callicrate Bander, the ‘Wee’ Bander also works on tails and

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horns. “If it fits through the triangular loop opening, it is the right size,” said Callicrate. The Callicrate ‘WEE’ Bander is consistent with the Callicrate method for hightension banding and is the most stressfree castration option on the market. It is also easy for the person performing the operation. After positioning the loop around the testicles, the loop is released securing the band firmly in place above the testicles. Then a pull handle is retracted applying the proper tension. Both banders are available at animal health and ranching supply stores. For more information, check out their web site or call 1-800-858-5974.

GulfCoast Supply Premium Metal Roofing–Made here, made now, made to last. With our state-of-the-art in-house equipment, GulfCoast Supply is able to quickly and professionally turn around all of your metal roofing needs. We have an extensive offering of available panel types, sizes and colors all in stock so your project can be produced in short order. Our fleet of delivery trucks come standard with heavy duty crane lifts and experienced drivers/operators ensuring safe delivery of your product - where you want it, when you want it! Our friendly and experienced sales staff is ready to help you place your order and answer any technical questions you may have. We are very familiar with the current building trends, codes and requirements for your project needs, and offer an extensive library of product manuals and design specifications for your use. All product testing, engineering and approvals are available upon request for any purchase, and can be found in print-ready format directly from our website. Not sure what your new metal roof is going to look like? No problem! With our new ProofMyRoof™ service you can virtually try on your new Premium Metal Roof before you buy. Simply send us a photo of your project and we will superimpose your metal roof profile and color selections right onto your project photo! Call us today at 855-IT-LASTS or visit our website at to get started!

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High-quality portable and permanent storage tanks and products “Quick Move” storage tanks from Red Ewald, Inc. are the quickest and easiest way to handle all temporary and permanent storage needs for the person on the move. Tanks from Red Ewald, Inc. are your best investment in storage. There are many features and benefits, including: - Up to 42,000 gallon storage capacity - Seamless one-piece construction - Non-corroding, maintenance free fiberglass - Pigmented for maximum UV protection The company builds one of the largest onepiece fiberglass storage tanks available for agricultural use. Measuring 15’6” in diameter with a 30’-0” straight side wall height, it provides a 42,000 gallon capacity, giving you the best price per gallon in fiberglass tanks. Pumps, plumbing, valves, manifold stands, and meters are available with all units. For more information, contact Red Ewald, Inc. at P.O. Box 519, Karnes City, TX 781180519. Call 830-780-3304, 800-242-3524, Fax 830-780-4272, or online at www.

Red Ewald, Inc. has 38 years experience in designing and engineering permanent and portable storage tanks and complimentary products.

Our years of experience, and our company’s diversified operation have allowed us to design, engineer, and fabricate the highest quality FRP products available today. We have the personnel to help you select and design a tank for your specific needs, and the know-how to custom fit your tank to meet these requirements. Upto-date manufacturing capabilities will assure prompt delivery of your tank. Quality, pride and experience, built into each Red Ewald, Inc. tank will assure you complete satisfaction.

Unique heart formula saves countless lives Over 20 years ago Jim Strauss suffered a major heart attack and was told he would need bypass surgery or he would die. Jim was born into a family of herbalists stretching back to the 17th century. He learned these crafts during childhood, gathering medicinal herbs in the Austrian countryside with his grandmother. He was taught that tasting herbs could detect their medicinal value, but balance and proportion were the keys to producing formulas that were effective and immediate.

Schweiss Doors’ spherical bearings unique to the hydraulic door industry

Established over 30 years ago, Schweiss Doors continues to be at the top of its trade. You can always rely on Schweiss Doors for the very best in agricultural, aeronautical, industrial, commercial, residential and designer doors.

Schweiss Doors, proven to be a worldwide leader in production of hydraulic and bifold doors, is proud to announce the addition of ‘spherical’ bearings, another unique design improvement to its hydraulic onepiece doors.

Visit us at or call 800-746-8273.

These bearing - critical to safe and smooth door operation - are now built into all Schweiss ‘Red Power’ Hydraulic Doors. During an extensive testing phase, the design team at Schweiss Doors found them to be the perfect answer to a stronger, longer-lasting door. Content with the use of conventional bearings, no one else in the industry has adopted this unique feature. Schweiss Doors engineering team has proven that spherical bearings are far superior, and when you use superior components, you get a superior product.

Benefits of this scale option are: • Determine pounds of fertilizer used per acre • Determine pounds of fertilizer used per farm • Know inventory of fertilizer at all times with 99.5% accuracy • 99,000 lb. capacity scale system • Durable enough to withstand rapid application and rough ground

In 3 months, his 2” arterial blockage was cleared. Since that time, Jim has shared his formula with thousands around the world who are living testimonials to its curative powers.

Scale-Tec also offers kits for other types of fertilizer spreaders. For more infromation, contact Scale-Tec at 888-962-2344, email scaletec@scale-tec. com or visit online at

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About Red Ewald, Inc. Located in Karnes City Texas, the company has been supplying fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tanks and process vessels since 1963. These tanks continually serve a wide range of applications in the chemical handling, mining, pulp and paper, petrochemical, waste water treatment, oil and gas drilling and testing, food processing, pollution control industries, agriculture and aquaculture environments. A 20

Free Strauss Heart Drops information packages are available by phoning Performance Medical Plus toll-free at 877271-1312. (Not available in Iowa.)

New for 2012, Scale-Tec introduces the John Deere DN345 Fertilizer Spreader scale kit, that includes six load cells, wiring, mounting brackets and a waterproof, backlit readout. The installation time is 8 hours, with no modification or welding required.

Spherical bearings are not new, but they are something ‘new’ to the door industry. They are being used in tractor 3-point hitches, planters, drawbars, car suspensions, engines, driveshafts, heavy machinery and many other applications. Schweiss Doors is ‘light years’ ahead of the curve in engineering genius by using these bearings in their large and heavy Red Power lift doors.

Jim’s heart attack was not a fluke. He admits to having lived in the fast lane, ignoring the healthier lifestyle of his parents. He considers himself fortunate as nearly half of first time heart attacks end in death. Relying on knowledge acquired over the years, he refused the recommended surgery and instead put together an herbal formula which he immediately applied to himself with outstanding results.

“I would like to tell you that after three months of using Strauss Heart Drops, I am a new man. I am 86 years old, no more the tired feeling I had, my swollen feet are normal again, and my bowel is working normally. Two specialists had told me ‘we can’t help you’.” — Sincerely, Peter A. Wiebe.

New scale option for John Deere DN345 fertilizer and lime spreaders

Schweiss Hydraulic Door spherical bearings are strategically located between the teardrop area and cylinder plate at each end of the doors’ large, lifting and closing cylinders. Each door frame has a certain amount of deflection when in operation, and spherical bearings allow for less friction, eliminate binding, wear and damage to a door cylinder and any flexing of the door frame.

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PowerTek Chippers are designed for rugged reliability. The 360° rotating discharge chute allows you to direct the flow of chips into a pile or the back of your truck.

PowerTek offers the chipper in a gravity feed or hydraulic feed model, the 30" flywheel will handle the toughest jobs.

PowerTek P.O. Box 3 Lebanon, IN 46052


Extended auger life with UHMW Auger Flight Facing

Shave the Ground with UHMW Skid Plates Custom UHMW skid plates for swathers and combines. We have the largest stock of material in North America. that allows us to accomodate customers with selection and competitive pricing. Call for all your UHMW needs.

Custom Made Flexible Loading Spouts for Grain Cart Auger Spouts Spouts greatly reduce lost product due to wind.

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Southern Farm And Livestock Directory | March 2013  

Equipment news, trends and technology, to general advice and interest stories for today’s crop and livestock farmers.