Friday, December 9, 2022
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.

tractor

Learn how to inspect a used tractor before buying it. Check out these tips for evaluating a tractor’s appearance, performance and overall condition.
hay harvest

Most hay fires occur within the first six weeks after baling. Moisture content is the main factor that causes hay and straw to spontaneously combust.

A properly built and well-maintained fence can last a long time. A maintenance program can help you stay on schedule with routine fence checks and repairs.

Laws and regulations for multipurpose farm utility vehicles differ from one municipality to another in Pennsylvania.
chickens

Think you might be interested in raising a small flock of chickens? Here are some basic considerations for backyard and small-scale producers.
tractors

Purchasing a tractor or piece of farm equipment is a big investment. Learn what to consider in this beginner's guide to buying a tractor.

Here are some ways to prevent health issues during and after shows throughout fair season.
Tractor lighting and visibility

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

The start of the new year can mean a fresh approach to your farm marketing plan. Don't know where to start? These tips can help you break down the process.
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.