Agriculture is a unique industry. No matter how much control you have, there are always factors out of your hands: drought, changing climates, emission requirements, global trade policies, the list goes on. Fortunately, there is one factor you can control — one that will otherwise destroy your structures and machinery. That’s right, we’re talking about rust.

With the help of Nyalic©, combating rust is simple. But first, let’s go over the basics.

What is rust?

By definition, rust is an oxide that occurs when iron (or an alloy containing iron) is exposed to water and oxygen for a long period of time. When water combines with the iron at an atomic level, that oxidation weakens the bond of the metal itself. Over time, oxidation causes iron to lose its strength.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rust expert to protect your equipment from this corrosion. Follow along to see how you can best prevent rust and protect your farm.

What can rust damage?

Between structure and equipment, rust can cause serious damage on any farm. After all, it only takes the simple combination of moisture, oxygen, and iron to create rust.

Here are some items that rust can affect:

-       Vehicles (tractors, rollers, mowers)

-       Structures (hay sheds, milking parlors, irrigation systems)

-       Equipment (cultivators, plows, seed drills, slurry and manure spreaders)

How does rust affect equipment?

Rust can cause equipment to break and take years of your machinery’s lifespan. When rust is left untreated, it can spread and weaken the iron (or iron alloy, like steel). Eventually, that can lead to expensive repairs or a need for replacement. On top of those unexpected costs, equipment prices fluctuate and rise. When machinery breaks, there’s no time to wait — leading to even more fees and rushed expenses. As GVC Farm Supply states, “Maintaining equipment properly can be the difference between a successful year and a loss.”

Why are farms so susceptible to rust?

In addition to outdoor elements like oxygen and moisture, farms are full of chemicals that can accelerate the rusting process.

From galvanized structures to sheeting, large quantities of fertilizer, manure, pesticides, and chemicals create a high risk for rust. According to an agricultural study, the mixture of silage effluent and slurry can also create a dangerous concentration of hydrogen sulfide gas. This may lead to corrosive acids to form under deposits.

How can I protect my equipment?

Rust can create enormous issues on your farm, but you can prevent it with a few crucial steps.

Inspect your equipment

To prevent damage to your machinery, always be sure to inspect it before use. If you find any rust on your equipment, treat it right away before it worsens. No matter what, it’s always better to catch rust early than late.   

Store equipment inside

You can’t store everything including iron indoors, but it’s highly recommended to store as much as possible in well-sheltered areas. Keeping equipment away from elements like oxygen, moisture, and chemicals can help you maximize its lifespan.

Dehumidify indoor spaces

Moisture is one of the key ingredients to rust. Protect sheds and any equipment stored indoors by investing in a dehumidifier.

Look out for scratches

If your equipment gets scratched, rust could spread throughout the equipment. While scratches are difficult to prevent on a farm, you can keep note of any scratched items. Be sure to pay close attention to these areas, and treat them quickly to protect them.

Add coating

Coating is essential to protecting your farming equipment, machinery, and structures. There are many different types of coating, from nylon to polyester. Choosing the right type of coating can make a big impact on the overall lifespan of your equipment.

Choose a trusted brand

Nyalic’s strength has been proven time and time again but most notably when North American Rockwell selected it for the Apollo space capsule after testing over 300 options. Because the space vehicles needed to withstand extremes never before experienced, the team needed coating that would meet high-performance parameters. Nyalic was the winner, offering a durable yet flexible coating that withstands UV rays, prevents corrosion and oxidation, and performs at a film thickness as low as five microns.

How can Nyalic help?

So, what makes Nyalic different from other coating options? Along with agricultural services and a series of innovative products, Nyalic offers a clear-coat protection that is water-clear, flexible, and hard-coat resin. This coating protects against corrosive elements including water, salt, dirt, urine, fertilizers, and pesticides. Because Nyalic Clear Coat Protection doesn’t yellow, crack, peel, or flake, it is permanent protection for your equipment. Over time, this coating forms a seal that inhibits paint oxidation, metal corrosion, pitting, and staining.

Interested in learning more about the Nyalic process and how it can help you and your rust prevention needs? Call us for a custom assessment. We’re happy to talk you through your best sealant coating options, and how to make the most out of your agriculture investment.