rice seedling transplanter

Selecting a Mechanical Transplanter

Rice Seedling Mechanical Transplanter – Source:  Rice Crop Guide – Growing Rice – Haifa Group One of the key challenges to small landholders is achieving timeliness of operations.  With the high costs associated with finding and retaining good workers when growing small acreages of crops; whether for a market or a community-supported system, the decision to mechanize certain operations can be a tough one. A good example is in the decision to purchase a mechanical transplanter.  While hand planting can be effective [...]

orange crop damaged by hurricane Irma

Los Efectos de los Huracanes en Granjas Pueden ser Devastadores

En esta temporada de Huracanes de actividad histórica en el Caribe y la Costa del Golfo de EEUU, podemos ver la devastación que han dejado Harvey e Irma en hogares y propiedades en vastas áreas de tierra. El impacto en la agricultura como industria, es igual o mayor que en las granjas de familia como grupo demográfico; tampoco es menor es el efecto en precios de mercado al consumidor. Mientras las refinerías y gasolineras tienen la habilidad de adaptarse [...]

orange crop damaged by hurricane Irma

Effect from Hurricanes on Farmers Can Be Devastating

In this historically active Hurricanes season across the Caribbean and Gulf Coasts of the US, we read and see the horrific damage to homes and properties across vast areas of land.  The impact on Agriculture as an industry and farm families as a demographic is equal or greater in its impact; not the least of which is the effect on market prices to the consumer.  While the oil refineries and retailers of gasoline have the ability to be ‘ahead’ [...]

Tractor Selection Guide 2

Hydraulics are not limited to the tractor. Having a system in the tractor that can efficiently handle your implements is just as important. Source: “Grain News” – Understanding Hydraulic Systems Transmission and Hydraulics  These features can add another layer to the decision.  This is especially true on tractors approaching that 40-50 hp size when it comes to work requirements.  Hydrostatic transmissions are convenient, offer clutchless operation, and can change from forward to reverse instantly for jobs like operating a loader.  Pure [...]

Tractor with Front-end loader

Guía Para Seleccionar su Tractor

Se debe conocer que se quiere, que se está adquiriendo, y si es posible asesorarse muy bien…si usted desea hacer una buena selección del tractor Como seleccionar su tractor puede ser una decisión compleja hoy en día, los fabricantes hacen las máquinas cada vez más complicadas con buenas intenciones para ser competitivos para sus clientes…controles computarizados, confort del operador, facilidad de operación, y otras características agregadas que vienen todas con un costo adicional…el truco es determinar si esos beneficios valen la [...]

save fuel when operating tractor

Suba la Marcha – Desacelere – Ahorre Combustible

Seleccionar el tractor adecuado, escoger la marcha apropiada y reducir la aceleración a las Revoluciones por Minuto (RPM) óptima puede permitirle que ahorre combustible en grande al operar su tractor en las labores de campo. POTENCIA, ENERGÍA, EFICIENCIA Los costos de combustible pueden ser una parte significativa de los costos de la granja. Con los tractores y la maquinaria agrícola a veces tenemos la tendencia a pensar que la operación que realizamos debe ser hecha con el tractor en alto nivel [...]

Tractor Moldboard Plow

Machinery Ownership Alternatives for Small Farms

Owning farm machinery for small farms can be expensive and many small farmers struggle with justifying the investment.  This is particularly true with specialized tractors and implements that are used on a limited basis over the course of the year.  I thought we could explore this a little further in this article to see if there are solutions to be found. Let’s look at the primary forms of owning or acquiring the benefits of machinery on your farm:   Owning your own: [...]

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