Resources for Equipment & Structures
|Calibrating Forage Seeding Equipment||Dec 10, 2009||418-121|
|Skidder Safety and Efficiency: A Discussion Leader's Guide||May 26, 2009||420-122|
|Droplet Chart / Selection Guide||
When choosing nozzles/droplet sizes for spray applications, applicators must consider both coverage needed and drift potential. As a rule, smaller droplets provide better coverage, but larger droplets are less likely to drift.
|Sep 25, 2014||442-031 (BSE-149P)|
|Nozzles: Selection and Sizing||
This fact sheet covers nozzle description, recommended use for common nozzle types, and orifice sizing for agricultural and turf sprayers. Proper selection of a nozzle type and size is essential for correct and accurate pesticide application. The nozzle is a major factor in determining the amount of spray applied to an area, uniformity of application, coverage obtained on the target surface, and amount of potential drift.
|Jan 31, 2014||442-032 (BSE-103P)|
|Using Tractor Test Data for Selecting Farm Tractors||
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory (NTTL) at the University of Nebraska is the official U.S. tractor testing station for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This laboratory has the responsibility for testing all models of tractors sold in the state of Nebraska, and it publishes the results of all tests it conducts. It also tests tractors manufactured in the United States and sold in international markets.
|Mar 11, 2015||442-072 (BSE-176P)|
|Predicting Tractor Diesel Fuel Consumption||
Ability to predict tractor fuel consumption is very useful for budgeting and management. The objective of this factsheet is to develop relationships using field measurements and Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory results to estimate tractor fuel consumption. Using these equations, farmers can estimate and compare the fuel consumption for different operating and loading conditions.
|Oct 14, 2014||442-073 (BSE-175P)|
|Assistive Technologies in Agriculture||
In terms of work-related injuries, farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In 2012, 374 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 20.2 deaths per 100,000 farm workers – from accidents resulting from agriculture-related activities (NIOSH 2014). Statistics also reveal that agriculture-related activities result in nonfatal injuries. For example, in 2006, crop and animal-production activities resulted in 22,400 and 13,100 injuries, respectively (U.S. Department of Labor 2006). These nonfatal injuries may include primary as well as secondary injuries.
|Dec 3, 2014||442-084 (BSE-183P)|
|Constructing High-tensile Wire Fences||May 1, 2009||442-132|
|Selecting a Treatment Technology for Manure Management||
Animal manure has been used for centuries as a fertilizer and a soil builder because it contains nutrients and organic matter. However, as animal production shifts toward fewer but larger operations, the number of confined animals has increased in some geographical locations, resulting in more manure produced than can be assimilated by the available farmland where the animals are raised.
|May 11, 2009||442-306|
|Selection and Location of Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage||Nov 19, 2009||442-307|
|Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage: Management and Safety||Nov 19, 2009||442-308|
|Manure Management and Environmental Stewardship||Apr 1, 2010||442-309|
|Five Strategies for Extending Machinery Life||
Machinery ownership and operation is a major crop and livestock production cost. Several strategies when combined can significantly affect costs, improve machine reliability, and improve profit margins.
|Oct 9, 2014||442-451 (BSE-174P)|
|Plumbing Systems of Agricultural Sprayers||
The plumbing systems of agricultural sprayers are usually considered foolproof. Sprayer problems may occur if plumbing and/or modifications are improperly done or maintenance is ignored. Retrofitting, addition of electrical control systems, and replacement of pumps or nozzles require proper knowledge of the plumbing system and the implications of these changes to sprayer performance. Routine maintenance of the plumbing system is essential.
|Oct 1, 2014||442-452 (BSE-171P)|
|Fine Tuning a Sprayer with “Ounce” Calibration Method||
This extension publication discusses guidelines to quickly evaluate the performance of a sprayer. Sprayer calibration, nozzle discharge, spray pattern uniformity, speed checks, pump performance, and plumbing arrangements are evaluated with minimal calculations.
|Dec 3, 2014||442-453 (BSE-178P)|
|Planter/Drill Considerations for Conservation Tillage Systems||
No-till planters and drills must be able to cut and handle residue, penetrate the soil to the proper seeding depth, and establish good seed-to-soil contact. Many different soil conditions can be present in the Mid-Atlantic region at planting time. Moist soils covered with residue, which may also be wet, can dominate during the late fall and early spring and, occasionally, in the summer. Although this condition provides an ideal environment for seed germination, it can make it difficult to cut through the residue. In contrast, hard and dry conditions may also prevail. Although cutting residue is easier during dry conditions, it is more difficult to penetrate the hard, dry soils. Proper timing, equipment selection and adjustments, and crop management can overcome these difficult issues.
|Aug 8, 2014||442-457 (BSE-147P)|
|Precision Farming Tools: Variable-Rate Application||Aug 1, 2011||442-505|
|Pumping Water from Remote Locations for Livestock Watering||May 1, 2009||442-755|
|Filtration, Treatment, and Maintenance Considerations for Micro-Irrigation Systems||May 1, 2009||442-757|
|Planning for a Farm Storage Building||May 1, 2009||442-760|
|Selecting A Post-Frame Building Contractor||May 1, 2009||442-761|
|Signing A Post-Frame Building Contract||May 1, 2009||442-762|
|Natural Ventilation For Freestall Dairy Barns||May 1, 2009||442-763|
|Streamside Livestock Exclusion: A tool for increasing farm income and improving water quality||Dec 13, 2012||442-766|
|Subterranean Termite Treatment Options||Mar 5, 2010||444-500|
|Signs of Subterranean Termite Infestation||Mar 1, 2010||444-501|
|Subterranean Termite Biology and Behavior||Mar 5, 2010||444-502|
|Water Reuse: Using Reclaimed Water for Irrigation||
Water reuse can be defined as the use of reclaimed water for a direct beneficial purpose.
|May 1, 2009||452-014|
|Lawn Care: Hand Tools Safety||
Many hand tools such as shovels, hoes, rakes, trimmers, and pruners are widely used in lawn care and landscaping. While these tools appear to be harmless, when used improperly, they can cause injuries that sometimes require medical treatment. In 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nearly 205,000 cases of injuries and/or illnesses resulting from the use of hand tools.
|Nov 5, 2013||BSE-40NP (BSE-98P)|
|Lawn Care: Powered Hand Tool Safety||
In addition to mowers and hand tools, several powered hand tools such as string trimmers, lawn edgers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers are widely used in landscaping work. These machines can be dangerous if they are used improperly. A past study has shown that string trimmers and edgers alone cause more than 4,600 injuries that require emergency room treatment each year. About one-third of these cases are eye injuries.
|Nov 6, 2013||BSE-41NP (BSE-97P)|
|Lawn Care: Rotary Mower Safety||Nov 5, 2013||BSE-42NP (BSE-96P)|
|Lawn Care: Tractor Safety||
Most tractors used in landscaping, lawn care, and golf course maintenance are compact tractors in the 20 to 40 horsepower range. Although these tractors are considerably smaller than farm tractors, they are susceptible to the same types of accidents, with potential for serious injuries or deaths. Causes for such serious accidents are often the same in both cases, and therefore, the steps to take to avoid the accidents are the same.
|Nov 5, 2013||BSE-43NP (BSE-100P)|
|Lawn Care: Utility-Type Vehicle Safety||
Utility-type vehicles are popular, multipurpose equipment used for different applications in the lawn care industry. Their hauling capability and versatility have increased their popularity, and they are widely used in rural, suburban, and urban settings for a variety of lawn care, agricultural, construction, and industrial applications.
|Nov 5, 2013||BSE-44NP (BSE-99P)|
|Guidelines for Protecting Youth Workers: Promote Safe Practices and Protect Youth Workers||
A large number of teenage workers in the U.S. engage in summer jobs for reasons such as personal development, gaining work experience, developing work skills, and generating funds for furthering their education and for spending money.
|Aug 13, 2014||BSE-46NP (BSE-107P)|
|Rotary Mowers Safety: Lawncare Training Guide||
Mowing lawns continues to be one of the most popular summer job opportunities for youth given the affordable cost and ease in operation of most rotary mowers. However, easy access and widespread use of mowers often creates a false sense of security among the users of these machines. Data from a seven-year period (1996-2003) showed the highest rate of hospitalization from lawn mower injuries was for youth workers ages 15 to 19. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that more than 37,000 riding mower injuries occurred from 2003 through 2005 alone. During the same period, there were 95 fatalities due to riding mower tip-over. The purpose of this training guide is to reduce the number of mower accidents and injuries by familiarizing young workers with rotary mowers and their safe operation.
|Aug 12, 2014||BSE-47P (BSE-110P)|
|Tractor Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide, Safe Use of Tractors||
Tractors are versatile equipment used in a variety of jobs ranging from hauling goods to lawn care to agriculture. While they are extremely versatile, they can be very dangerous unless they are used with care following safe practices
|Sep 25, 2014||BSE-48NP (BSE-111P)|
|Utility Type Vehicles: UTV Maintenance and Safe Use Lawn Care Training Guide||
Utility type vehicles (UTVs) are popular equipment used in a variety of settings, including the lawn care industry. Their hauling capacity and versatility have increased their popularity, and they are widely used in rural, suburban, and urban settings for a variety of lawn care, agricultural, construction, and industrial applications. Considering that UTVs are widely used in the green industry, it is extremely important that young workers in the industry become familiar with the safe operation of UTVs. The purpose of this training guide is to familiarize young workers with the safe use of UTVs.
|Jun 6, 2014||BSE-49NP (BSE-108P)|
|Powered Hand Tools Safety: Lawncare Training Guide||
In addition to rotary mowers, many powered hand tools such as string trimmers, lawn edgers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers are widely used in lawn care. While these devices are very useful in making jobs easier and more efficient, they can be dangerous if used without proper training and care. In 1989 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that power lawn trimmers and edgers alone have caused about 4,600 injuries annually that required medical attention. About one-third of these were eye-related.
|Sep 24, 2014||BSE-50P (BSE-112P)|
|Hand Tools Safety: Lawn Care Training Guide Hand Tool Care and Safe Use||
Many hand tools such as rakes, shovels, and pruners are used widely in lawn care operations. While these non-powered tools are not known to cause major injuries, they have the potential for injuries that may require absence from work and/or medical assistance when they are used improperly.
|Sep 15, 2014||BSE-51P (BSE-113P)|
|Tractor-Mounted Lifts||Jan 8, 2013||BSE-58NP|
|Tractor-Mounted Vertical Lifts||Jan 8, 2013||BSE-59NP|
|Tractor-Mounted Inclined Lifts||Jan 8, 2013||BSE-60NP|
|Decentralized Small Community Wastewater Collection Systems||
Wastewater is a significant source of carbon, sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and other potential pollutants. Reducing the quantity of these contaminants before they are discharged to either groundwater or surface water is essential to preserve or enhance water quality in receiving waters. This is accomplished through the installation of wastewater treatment and collection systems. The form of these systems can vary substantially. In Virginia, they range in size from 5,000 to 50,000 gallons per day; 49 percent are public systems and the remainder are private (Parten 2008).
|Jul 10, 2014||BSE-77P|
|Silo Management, Learning From The Experts||
This video intends to help stakeholders improve their silo face management practices, prevent spoilage and waste! Learn to properly face bunker silos.
|Jul 9, 2014||DASC-39NP|