About Foresight Services

I operate a small family farm and a family owned enterprise, Foresight Services, LLC. I spend my time researching, developing and selling farm tools to give your body a break. I've been farming for 15 years and when my back starts complaining and my knees start protesting, I know there has to be an easier way to farm that isn't going to break my body. I've also spent seven years helping farmers from the Ohio River to Lake Superior figure out how they can keep doing the work they love in spite of physical disabilities. During my time doing this, I have realized that the tools I recommend and develop can help any farmer keep farming longer and with less pain.

Our Philosophy

Our bodies are not like the old tractor...there is no way to rig them back into working condition using baler twine and chewing gum. So, we have to give our bodies a break. When your muscles and joints start to ache, plan a different course of action. Try out our farm tools to give your body a break before you break your body. If you're already wore out, but sold on the idea of “dying with your boots on” then look at our products that will help you to keep farming. It will save you time, medical bills and pain relievers. As farmers, we are not as concerned with “getting our exercise”. We all get plenty of that. Our biggest concern is saving our energy and our body so that we are still going strong at 8 pm tonight and 50 years from now.

Here are the top five farm tools that I recommend to give your body a break: 1) automatic wagon hitches 2) added tractor steps with handrails 3)remote camera and monitor 4) automatic drive through gates and 5) Utility vehicles.

 

1. Why do you need an automatic wagon hitch? When hauling loads without one, you…

A. Drive empty wagon to field, jump off tractor and pull pin
B. Climb up the hip-high steps and drive over to full wagon
C. Jump off tractor and lift the 30-pound wagon tongue, (realize you’re 2 inches off)
D. Climb back up the hip-high steps and move tractor
E. Jump back off tractor, lift the 30-pound tongue and put pin in
F. Climb up the hip-high steps and drive off
** 3 minute process x 30 loads / day = 1.5 hours per day spent climbing

 

or with an AUTOMATIC STAFAST HITCH, you…

 

A. Pull rope to unhook wagon
B. Drive over to full wagon, back up to latch pin and drive away.
** 30 second process (gain yourself an hour a day during your busy season)

2. Why the added tractor steps and handrails?

A. What other ladder or stairway has a first step as high as your hips?
B. Count the number of times you climb on and off the tractor during a busy day.
C. Your knees, back and hips will thank you.
D. If you jump off the tractor instead of using those tiny steps, your chiropractor might get to buy another boat.

3. Why use a remote camera and monitor?

A. Use a camera and monitor to see any place you would otherwise have to climb or walk....How full are your bins?....Is that heifer calving a midnight?....Who is that guy messing with the anhydrous tanks at 3am? Mount the camera in hard-to see place, mount the monitor in the cab or other convenient location and watch with ease.
B. How much grain do you lose to spillage out of the grain cart? How many times do you jump down the steps and climb the grain truck to see if its full? Remote cameras save you time, energy and money.
C. How does your neck feel after spending 10 hours looking over your shoulder watching the hay or tillage equipment? Imagine doing an entire field while looking straight ahead watching what’s happening behind you on a screen. Your back and neck will feel like you spent the day on the couch watching football.

4. Why use automatic drive-through gates?

Your steers require a round bale before breakfast, so you…

A. Climb on tractor, spear a bale, drive to gate
B. Jump off tractor and open gate (steers are hungry and standing at gate)
C. leap on tractor and drive like crazy to get in pen before they get out
D. jump off tractor (small steer runs past you) grab gate, slam and chain
E. climb back on tractor, drive to feeder, dump bale
F. drive back to gate
G. jump off tractor and open gate (all steers but one are eating now, other steer enamored by heifers – that band must of fell off)
H. climb up hip-high tractor steps (wife calls and says breakfast is cold and steer in flower bed)
I. drive through gate, climb off, shut gate
J. climb back on, drive to barn,
K. jump off tractor
L. chase steer back into pen (wife calls, lunch is ready)

 

Or with an automatic drive-through gate you…

 

A. climb on tractor, spear bale, drive to gate
B. drive into pen, dump bale in feeder
C. drive back out, park tractor and go to house while coffee is still hot.

5. Why a Utility Cart?

We don't sell these but, if you can save a few steps, you might as well. Buy a golf cart or find a good deal on a Gator or Mule.