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Be Fully Prepared for These 2020 Harvest Projections

January 4, 2020 12:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the harvest this year should be much bigger than initially expected—which means corn futures are falling, and your crops will require a lot more work than you might have counted on come harvest time. This year, the corn harvest alone will generate nearly 14 billion bushels, with the soybean harvest producing an estimated 3.68 billion bushels. The USDA also estimates that the wheat harvest will generate 1.98 billion bushels—over 96 million bushels more than the previous harvest. On the other side of the coin, demand is estimated to be about the same as... View Article

How Often Should You Replace Your Industrial Ball Bearings?

December 21, 2019 12:19 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Ball bearings are an important component of many modern machines, and when one wears out, replacement time could cut into your profits. While you might not think about your ball bearings as often as you should, setting up regular inspection and replacement can help cut down on any machinery downtime. It’s better to replace them earlier than wait for them to fail. Asking how long a ball bearing should last is asking for a number of different opinions—but the short answer boils down to, “it depends on how well you maintain your ball bearings.” It will also depend on the... View Article

The Importance of Planning for a Grain Storage Shortage

December 11, 2019 11:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Recent projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate the potential for historic harvest of corn and soybeans (4.7 billion bushels of soybeans, and 14.8 billion for corn). These would make the largest and second-largest harvests for these respective crops in American history. The challenge that such large harvests produce is dealing with potentially insufficient storage capacity for all of these crops. Even though grain storage capacity has increased by 30 percent in recent years, there are still plenty of storage needs that aren’t being met. With harvests continually being bountiful, it can be a good idea for farmers to... View Article

The Difference Between AC and DC Motors

November 27, 2019 11:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are two primary categories of electric motors that you should be aware of: AC and DC motors. But what exactly is the difference between these two types of motor, and what are the circumstances in which one would choose one over the other? Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about DC and AC electric motors in Lubbock, TX. AC motors AC electric motors are most commonly run by an AC variable frequency drive. They work by applying alternating current (AC) power to the motor. While there are a few different parts that help the motor... View Article

The History of the Modern Grain Elevator

November 5, 2019 10:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s hard to overstate the importance of agriculture in the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest. Over the last 160 years, the invention of grain elevators and conveyor parts in Lubbock, TX and beyond has not only produced a practical grain storage and conveyance solution, but has also contributed to the American skyline in an unexpected way. The early days Before grain elevators, grain was stored in bags or bins. Grain elevators make it possible to store grains in bulk. A grain elevator is a building in which grain is stockpiled and stored, but the phrase can also... View Article

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