Assess Post-Pull Damage After Retrieving Stuck Farm Implement

If the farm tractor or vehicle was stuck in deep mud, some part of it could have been damaged.

Published on: May 1, 2013

If the forecast from the weathermen holds true, pulling farm tractors or equipment out of the mud could be a part of life spring. It's never pleasant, but it's important to remember that once the vehicle is pulled out, the incident may not be over.

Fred Whitford, Director of Purdue University Pesticide Programs, says that especially if it was a planter, sprayer or spray supply truck, you could to inspect for damage to make sure there are no materials leaking due to a crack or break that occurred during the extraction process form the muddy field.

For example, if you hang up a spreader truck, either yours or that of a commercial applicator, if the back end was deep in the ground, the spinner portion could be damaged before the unit is back on solid ground again. It would be worth checking, he says.

Extra caution: If spray materials or anhydrous ammonia is involved, use extra caution and inspect thoroughly after the unit is back on solid ground for leaks or other damage.
Extra caution: If spray materials or anhydrous ammonia is involved, use extra caution and inspect thoroughly after the unit is back on solid ground for leaks or other damage.

Likewise, if a sprayer filled with liquid is pulled out, make sure there are no drips or leaks once it's free. Also, make sure a valve, speed sensor or hoses weren't damaged or pulled loose during the process.

If a tractor and planter is stuck, it's better to pull them out together if possible. If it's not possible, once the unit is fee, hoses would deserve close inspection. Make sure they weren't stretched and cracked or broken during the extraction.

Pulling out an anhydrous applicator, especially if it's still hooked to the tank, can also be a risky proposition. Inspect all knives, valves and hoses once it's out. In many cases, it may be better to unhook the wagon and pull it out backwards, separate from the tractor and applicator. In either case, make sure the anhydrous valve is shut off before you try to free the wagon by whichever method you choose.

Read more:

Stuck Farm Implement Recovery Missions: Part One

Stuck Farm Implement Recovery Missions: Part Two

Free A Stuck Farm Implement With Common Sense