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    solar electric tractor Sparky

    solar electric tractor Sparky

    Massey Harris Pacer converted to solar electris 48 V 10 hp (8 x 6 deep cycle batteries with 3 solar panels for a max of 750 W total). Electirc over hydraulic 3 point hitch added. Implements: tool bar with various attachments for market gardening, disc and harrows, seeder, inverter for weedeater/chainsaw/buzzsaw for distant work/firewood, hayrake, hay inverter, potato planter/harvester, pulls full loads of hay, small platform for moving tools/fencing supplies etc. around farm. Sparky is in its 5th year of operation with virtually no problems.

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    This tool takes labor, materials, and sales data for each enterprise and automatically generates various reports to, among other things, compare the profitability of the users' enterprises and the efficiency of the users' methods.

    Bed Shaper

    Bed Shaper

    I built this bed shaper from an old 2 row cultivator purchased for $200 from craigslist. By adding disc hillers I could hill beds but still had to rake them before seeding or planting. I created this bed shaper from salvaged lumber. It has allowed me to fully shape the beds (sometimes with multiple passes depending on soil conditions) using the tractor. It took me only a few hours to build. For the time and money involved it is a vast improvement. It also acted as a practice build, as I would like to build a more permanent bed shaper from steel this following year. After one season of use the shaper has held up well, but I imagine it will start to deteriorate in a fairly short time given that I have no place to store it indoors. Materials: 1. Old culitvator (often on craigslist for very cheap) 2. U bolts- to attach shaper to cultivator 3. Disc Hiller (various suppliers on the internet. I purchased mine from Agrisupply. Cheap but the shanks have bent. Consider better quality hillers) 4. Scrap lumber: 2x4's, 2x6's 5. Lag Screws

    Mechanical Garlic / Cultivar Planter

    Mechanical Garlic / Cultivar Planter

    As a garlic farmer, we all know it is a very time consuming hands on type of planting and harvesting. It's difficult to find specific equipment since this farming industry is small. I knew there had to be a better way and I needed to bring this industry into the 21st century.

    Croptracker

    Croptracker

    Croptracker is a crop and farm management software company focused on the fruit, vegetable, greenhouse, and specialty crops sectors. Croptracker helps producers and processors with labor tracking, traceability, spraying, harvest, packing, storage and shipping of their crops. Integrated sensors help growers measure micro-climate weather, and soil conditions, while RFID systems keep track of product automatically as it moves through the supply chain. Croptracker's powerful mobile farming apps help keep team members up to date and on the go. Farm, organic certification & food safety audits are painless, integrated pest management (IPM) is built in.

    "folding farm" portable market going trailer

    "folding farm" portable market going trailer

    Trailer tows behind a pickup truck to market and back several times a week in the summer. Built on an old pop up camper trailer frame that we jazzed up a little bit with some extra bracing.

    ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    working on ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    Responsible Management of the Collateral Value of Your Land

    Responsible Management of the Collateral Value of Your Land

    Certainly, you would agree that if you left half of your fields unplanted year after year, you are under utilizing the value of your land. Yet most farmers are unaware of the fact that they are under utilizing the collateral value of their land for expanding their real estate holdings in a reliable and safe manner. This is an free educational tool that will broaden your mind and help to safeguard your family farm as a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

    Commercial Scale Rocket Oven

    Commercial Scale Rocket Oven

    A fuel efficient, low cost, biomass fueled 24 loaf baking oven. Combustion technology is based on the rocket stove design, which uses an insulated flue and efficient combustion chamber to achieve high levels of fuel efficiency and low emissions.

    Pastured Pig Hut from re-purposed materials

    Pastured Pig Hut from re-purposed materials

    I wanted an easily moved mobile hut for my pastured Piggy's. It needed to shed water, block wind, take they're abuse but be light enough to handle. I came up with this repurpose idea. In our area of the country there's lots of decommissioned feed bins that end up being scrapped....I noticed this and felt I could repurpose a couple and get years of use from them while serving my Piggy's well, and other critters possisbly too. If you can envision the cylindrical body of a grain bin, then cut it in half, and then into quarters. These quarter cuts are the basis for my Hutt. It needed stiffening to be highly mobile, so I used repurposed Conduit to bolt sled runners to the side. I added Conduit accross the runners to increase stability and to keep it from spreading.. We used a peice of 1" x 1/8" flat stock bolted to the front edge for extra support but it doesn't need it. We took off all the supporting leggs ladder ECT. I used a 4" grinder and zip blade to cut it apart..... Remember to use a face shield and leather gloves. Currently because we're in the middle of winter I'll put a couple tractor scoops of sawdust down under it and then a couple of layers off a round hay bale inside.... face it south and The Piggy's are warm and comfy....And best off all I have less than 20$ in two guys .... Not counting my labor of course.... One possible improvement I think I'll try is to add a rough cut oak board floor so they can completely get off the ground... This improvement would be great for smaller pigs allowing us to throw hay on a raised floor where they're high and dry.