Time to prepare farm buildings for the off-season
As winter weather sets in, it is time to prepare buildings on the farm for the off-season.
Morton Buildings reminds farmers to prioritize projects that need to be finished by spring.
Order your most important parts first, and prepare for shipping delays.
“Check door rollers and latches on your sliding doors. You may benefit from oiling those rollers. On overhead doors, lubricate both the rollers and the torsion springs and double-check the weather seal on all those doors,” Morton Buildings Sales Trainer, Dan Nyberg states. “While you’re checking the weather seal, check your walk doors and see that windows close and seal well. Consider adding to your attic insulation if it’s not up to acceptable levels, and give your heating system a checkup or call and have it serviced before the cold weather sets in.”
Nyberg also recommends organizing and storing farm equipment once harvest is done.
“Begin by getting your equipment washed and ready to put away before freezing weather hits and organize your equipment so you can easily get to those pieces that you have scheduled for either maintenance or upgrades. After you have finished harvest or you finish the repairs, shuffle your equipment so your tillage tools are easy to get out and utilize next spring and lubricate your equipment. Coat any polished surfaces with rust inhibitor, check hydraulic hoses, and replace those that are cracked and likely to fail,” he adds.