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    Home built no-till seed drill

    Home built no-till seed drill

    This is my home built no-till seed drill I use for planting legume mix winter cover crop seed in our stone fruit orchard. It produces very uniform seed spacing and depth with minimal soil disturbance, allowing optimum germination in our dry farmed environment.

    Triangle quick-attach to 3 point hitch

    Triangle quick-attach to 3 point hitch

    This quick attach system enables more rapid and safer changing of implements than a standard three point hitch. The design also enables use of a standard three point hitch if the tractor side portion of the quick attach system is not installed.

    culticycle

    culticycle

    A pedal powered tractor for cultivation and seeding, built from readily available lawn tractor, ATV, and bicycle parts. Speed is 3 - 4 mph depending on choice of gearing and pedaling speed. Better for operator's body, less soil compaction, no fuel use, cheaper than a tractor; easily adaptable to specific needs.

    Hoop Chicken Trailer

    Hoop Chicken Trailer

    A simply constructed 28’ Hoop Chicken Trailer for up to 150 birds. It is designed to be light weight enough to be moved by a very small tractor or ATV and have easy access to food and water for several days and provide easy access to clean egg collection.

    livestock weigh scales

    livestock weigh scales

    A cattle farmer occasionally needs to weigh his animals, but weigh scales for cattle are expensive to purchase for the small operator ($1,000 to $1,500 or more). This is an accurate electronic scale you can make yourself for about $500.

    Fido, the temperature alarm that sends text messages

    Fido, the temperature alarm that sends text messages

    Is your greenhouse getting frosty? How about too hot today? Is your fridge still on? Fido is a temperature alarm that will send you text messages that you can build for around $100. Solder together the Arduino based model or snap together the Raspberry Pi based model.

    Flow-Through Vermicomposter

    Flow-Through Vermicomposter

    The purpose of this tool is to provide a space to vermicompost a variety of waste ( animal manure, food scraps, or other organic waste) with worms and produce safe worm castings, a valuable resource. The worm castings can be utilized in a variety of ways on the farm or sold to other farms and gardeners.

    Sweat Box Germination Chamber

    Sweat Box Germination Chamber

    A "sweat box" style germination chamber built using readily available parts and a broken chest freezer. Early season germination can be inconsistent without a closely controlled environment for starting seeds. Commercial greenhouses use similar systems but the cost can be prohibitive for the small vegetable grower.

    Slug Trap & Composter

    Slug Trap & Composter

    PROBLEM: Slugs are damaging crops and farmers are trying to kill the slugs. We found a way to efficiently trap slugs without hurting them, so that farmers don’t have to worry about crop damage. SOLUTION: Our solution is eco-friendly, and harmless to all slugs used.The trap is created by recycled materials found in most households. For our slug trap we use a plastic water bottle. Slugs are attracted to the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, and they go into the trap. We have a barrier so they can’t fall and drown in the yeast. We recommend having a trap every twenty yards. You must dig a small hole and insert the bottle for use. We also recommend having the top of the trap at ground level. The slugs are then put into your compost. Slug can be used for composting because they are organic decomposers. Vermicomposting is using worms to aerate and help decompose compost, so in place of worms our slugs will digest raw or organic materials. When taking the composted material into the fields, we recommend checking the composted material to make sure there are no slugs inside of it. ***This prototype and solution were created in response to the research component of a robotics competition. Thirteen seventh graders in South Louisiana were challenged with finding an innovative solution to a problem with a way that humans and animals interact. The students initially found that slug slime had healing properties and wanted to find a way to capture slugs in farm plots and bottle the slug slime to sell at farmer's markets.

    #IrrigationManager

    #IrrigationManager

    Learn how to proper dimension your #irrigation system and water usage!