Equipment book updates
Two handy equipment books have recently been updated: Chain Saw Service Manual and Outdoor Power Equipment Blue Book. Both are from Intertec Publishing.
The chain saw manual comprises 650 pages of repair and service information, including detailed instructions for saw chain, guide bar, sprockets and clutch, carburetor and engine repair. It lists standard information for 29 manufacturers and more than 700 models.
The power equipment Blue Book is an easy-to-use pricing and loan valuation guide covering more than 40,000 different models and 200 different manufacturers of outdoor power equipment made from 1975 to 1999. Contact Intertec Publishing, Dept. FIN, Box 12901, Overland Park, KS 66282, 800/262-1954.
Motivational tools for farm workers
Proceedings of a conference titled "Workforce Management for Farms and Horticultural Businesses: Finding, Training and Keeping Good Employees" are now available as a handbook.
This handbook will get you on the road to better employee-employer relationships by helping you recruit and hire outstanding employees and learn effective leadership skills. It also covers the legal aspects of hiring outside help with and without a contract, discrimination in the workplace and the fun-damentals of farm employment rules and regulations. Contact NRAES, Dept. FIN, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, 607/255-7654.
Legal issues at hand
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is offering a new series of 15 publications about farm-related legal issues. Topics include financing the operation, production contracts, leases, mortgages and mortgage foreclosures, and even bankruptcy. Each publication is $8. Call the University of Minnesota, Distribution Center, 800/876-8636, or order through its Web site at www.extension.umn.edu/documents.
Spray products catalog
Spraying Systems' expanded catalog contains information about the company's TeeJet spray nozzles, nozzle bodies, spray guns, valves and controls.
New in the free catalog are a line of flanged valves and fittings; new drift control nozzles, such as the AI TeeJet Air Induction spray tips and the patented Turbo TeeJet spray tips; and an expanded line of controllers.
The catalog also includes sections of practical information about sprayer calibration, maintenance, drift management and other application techniques. Contact Spraying Systems Co., Dept. FIN, Box 7900, Wheaton, IL 60189, 630/665-5000.
Tire giveaway: enter to win
Fill out an official entry form at your local Firestone dealer by May 30 to register for a chance to win four brand-new farm tires of your choice - two rear andtwo front - valued up to $3,000.
No purchase is necessary and entrants must be 21 years old. If you can't make it to your dealer, simply write your name, address, phone number and age on a 3- x 5-in. card and mail it by May 30 to "4 for the Field" Giveaway, Attn: Rachel Dircks, Box 35670, Des Moines, IA 50315. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about June 3, 1999.
New Web sites
Agri-Growth Crop Talk planting tips, vote for or against terminator technology, nematodediagnostics, disease ID, farming guides at www.agrigrowth.com
National Ag Risk Education Library risk management information at www.agrisk.umn.edu