FJ_028_F16181-1Every ranch or farm has a pile of boots in need of being organized or a place where they can air out. I built this 37"x43" boot rack for our mudroom out of pinewood scraps. I used 2x4s for the sides and three 1x4 crosspieces spaced 10½" apart. I cut out six half-circles in each crosspiece so the rack can hold nine pairs of boots. For the back of the rack, I used a leftover piece of paneling and screwed it to the wall. It works so well, I have several others who’ve asked me to make a boot rack for them." - Marlene Waterland, Ekalaka, Mont.

Marlene farms with her husband, Luther, and son, Lucas. They raise cattle, hay, wheat, corn and safflower. Her husband’s grandfather homesteaded the ranch in 1912.

Don’t get bent out of shapeFJ_028_F16181-2

"Whether it’s your mower or the bucket on your skid steer, things get bent. That’s why I made a tool to straighten bent metal. Made from a 1½” steel rod, the tool is 5' long. I welded a 14" piece of rod perpendicular to the top and a second rod, 10" long, a few inches lower. I braced the 10" piece for extra strength. I’ve been using this tool for 15 years and it still works great." - Randy Krussman, Trivoli, Ill.

A holster to keep pry bar close

FJ_028_F16181-2-a"I always carry a 5' heavy-duty pry bar on my tractor to unplug disk gangs full of debris or dirt. I built a holder for the bar by capping one end of a 12" piece of 2x2 tubing and welding a 4" piece of 2"x2" angle iron to the tubing. I drilled two holes in the angle iron and bolted it to the back of the tractor above and to the right of the drawbar. It’s out of the way for hydraulics and implements but in reach when I need it." - Aaron Hofer Jr., Madison, S.D.

How to enter

Submit your unpublished idea with a description, photo or sketch, address and phone number.

What you win

  • All winners receive a hat, check and die-cast metal replica (1⁄16th scale) John Deere 8370R tractor, part of the collector’s edition Prestige line from Ertl, and are featured in Farm Journal and on AgWeb. 
  • The Double Your Money winner receives $200 and is featured on “AgriTalk” radio.
  • All other winners receive $100.