Saturday, April 4, 2020
Farming 101

Farming 101

Farm and Dairy is featuring a series of “101” columns throughout the year to help young and beginning farmers master farm living. From finances to management to machinery repair and animal care, farmers do it all.

The power take-off shaft powers implements attached to the tractor. It is important to recognize that PTO shafts rotate at a speed faster than...
harvesting corn

Service experts share tips to prepare for the upcoming harvest season.
Tractor lighting and visibility

Local service experts share some of the common issues they see in their shops and how to avoid them.
Tilling

Understanding a tractor’s stability — its center of gravity and stability baseline — in relation to outside forces could prevent a major accident or injury.
bumper pull trailer

With fair season underway, it’s a good time to consider the safety of yourself and your animals when loading a livestock trailer.
Angus cattle grazing

Animals can be unpredictable. No matter how well you think you know your livestock, something could spook them, causing the animal to react quickly and violently.
kids in barn

Farm children start working on the farm from a young age, but making sure they are taking on farm tasks they can handle can help prevent farm accidents.
loading grain bins

Farm safety kits should include items to handle a major trauma. Here are 6 tips for creating a farm safety kit.
savings jars

With a little planning and patience, young farmers can save for the future.
money

As a beginning farmer, niche producer or small family farm, you may have more options to finding funds than the traditional outlets for a farm loan.