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Monday, September 26, 2011

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Its late. After a long day of harvest and all the assorted other jobs that go with it, I am only going to post a short preview of what I eventually will put up on youtube . Call this one a "trailer".
Harvest is going well although I seem to be slightly behind the average in spite of my best efforts. Weather has been phenomenal with above average temperature drying out the grain. 86 degrees on the weekend. Air conditioning by day, heater by night. Northern lights shining bright when I quit tonight. Good sign? Bad? I don't know but I need another week or so of good weather to get done. The field of flax looks great but proved almost impossible to cut with the swather on the weekend so I put another $600 worth of iron into the cutter bar and hopefully that will make it cut the wiry stuff.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wheat at Winstanley


What a depressing, cloudy, unsettled day it was. But this video I shot yesterday was just the opposite. Sunshine and wind, not a cloud in the sky and a big field of wheat just waiting for me to cut down. Which I soon did. It was a good 12 hour day in the combine with no breakdowns, hardly any holdups, so I was able to finish the field. Hot enough for air conditioning in the afternoon but needed the heater after sundown.
Today the weather turned against me. No real rain, just threatening enough that I did not want to drive the combine 5 miles from home only to be shut down by the rain that appeared imminent all afternoon.
On the positive side, it was a chance to catch up on some maintenance on the combine. Plus , I am nearly half finished harvest and with a little luck, it will all get done before winter.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Canola Harvest Sept 2011



Its late at the end of another long harvest day so I can't get too creative or verbose in this posting. I will let the video tell the story. In brief, we have had a week of well above normal temperatures which has given me a good start on harvest. I've harvested a field of canola which was better than expected. Started a field of wheat which is not as good as it appeared. At least the machinery is rolling along with no major complaints. The 40 year old truck and 22 year old combine continue to do the jobs they were designed for without complaint.
The beautiful harvest weather might just come to an end tonight. Clouds, high winds and lightning off in the distant sky are not looking too hopeful.