Stanford farmer Wendell Morris was selected as the next recipient of the $2,500 certificate for the “Idea of the Month” in Successful Farming magazine’s monthly feature.
Morris was faced by the promising prospect of expanding his soybean acres. This meant hundreds more seed bags though – something he was not too keen on handling. “So I came up with the idea to convert one of our seldom-used gravity wagons into a seed tender wagon,” said Morris.
With the addition of a 12-volt poppet valve and a hydraulic auger system, the unused wagon turned into a low-cost seed tender for a planter or drill that is able to carry seed for 130 acres of soybeans in one load.
Morris and his son, Jeff, who now runs the farming operations, raise beef cows and grow soybeans, alfalfa and tobacco. They seeded over 1.5 million tobacco plants in five greenhouses this year for sale to neighboring farmers. This many plants covers around 200 acres.
The national All Around the Farm program showcases farmer ideas and inventive solutions. Ideas are submitted by farmers, and the winners are selected by the Successful Farming editorial team. Through a partnership with Firestone brand agricultural tires, one entrant each month is rewarded for submitting the “Idea of the Month” with a $2,500 certificate from Firestone. Morris’ winning idea is featured in the May/June issue of Successful Farming.
Founded in 1902, Successful Farming magazine was the first magazine published by Meredith Corporation and has a circulation of 420,000 and 1.2 million readers. Successful Farming is one of the most successful and recognizable brands in the industry. Its Web site, Agriculture.com (www.agriculture.com), established in 1995, was one of the first agricultural Web sites in America.
Bridgestone America’s Tire Operations, Agricultural Division (BAAG) for Firestone brand agricultural tires is the industry leader in manufacturing, marketing and sale of agricultural tires. The Firestone brand agricultural tires are manufactured in Des Moines, Iowa. The facility is located in the heart of America’s farm belt and supplies half of the North American original equipment market, plus 40 percent of the replacement market, with agricultural tires.
Stanford farmer's money saving idea gets national attention
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