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Saturday, September 29, 2012

I am planting wheat.
It is a bit early for wheat according to the old timers. Not that there are that many old timers left...
It is not really no-tilling as the field was a grass field which has been worked a couple times but there is enough sod left that a conventional drill wouldn't go though it.
It is so dusty I can't even see the drill behind me. If the wind changes I also can't see the marker track in front of me.


I told the farmer I could do 70 acres per day. You can't quite do 70 acres at 4 mph. We are also chopping silage so it makes it a little tough to do both.
Worked on adjusting chopper knives a couple hours yesterday morning. Didn't get my field planted.
Things got a little difficult after dark.
I have FarmerGPS on a tablet computer, but the program is only as good as the antenna. Everything was fine on flat ground. I following the little glowing arrows on the screen and it was all matching up with the marker row. Then I got to the hillside part of the field and it got dark. Sometimes the GPS was correct and sometimes not. Then I ended up in wrong field due to the fact that I was staring fixedly at a computer screen and couldn't see out the window.
So I went home.
This morning I will go and see what damage I did. I hope it is a straight row.
I thought about buying this truck. It was not very expensive.

6 comments:

  1. The Pentateuch titles are taken from the first words of text. Perhaps you could look up the Hebrew for "I am planting" and use it.

    Grace and peace.

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  2. I think Pumice has hung out in schools too much!

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  3. Hey, thats an IH truck. Looks like an A or B series dash to me. Now I really must do a blog post about my IH adventure today.

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  4. Normally the damage shows in a couple of weeks time when the wheat starts to grow and every man and his dog can see the lines! This is why my dad never let me drill!

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  5. I will see how my wavy passes come up soon and see if I can plug anything inbetween. Did you really end up in another's field? I had a hand do that 3 years ago because the maps were not clear.

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  6. Pumice, have not been doing much wondering online as of late however this is an interesting suggestion.

    Gorges, Judging from my own odd obsessions I will refrain from commenting further.

    Ralph, Glad you survived your IH misadventure! I would really like to buy this particular IH truck. Amazing 1960's industrial design.

    Kev, Oh and I do hear about it. I do a lot of no-till planting in the neighborhood and I get plenty of commentary on my driving skills!!!

    Ed, I checked the next morning and I missed the newly seeded fescue field by a foot. I usually map the field when I start but I was going back and forth and I don't like to run over what I have already planted. I didn't think about the field coming to a point as the other end was quite square.

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