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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Make My Day

October 18th, I still had hope left when I took this photo yesterday evening. The flax straw had been tough going through the combine all afternoon and I had to reduce my ground speed to prevent plug ups. A bit of sunshine and strong winds helped but by late afternoon clouds took over and I could tell things were going downhill. I finished off this little patch of flax and quit before things got too ugly. After tearing up a $318 pickup belt last night when straw wrapped underneath it I was not wanting to do a repeat tonight. The odd spot of rain hit the windshield as I headed for home.
This morning began cloudy as usual, plus fog in the air. Looking out now I see snow falling.
The crop was dry and yielding well. Maybe 35 acres left to do but I guess the deer and moose will have it for the winter now.
There might still be hope for it though. October 29 of 1952 was a beautiful sunny day, or so I am told.

3 comments:

  1. Hope you get a break in the weather; 35 acres is nothing to sneeze at.

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  2. We got quite an education by growing flax this year. We also tore up an expensive pickup belt. People warned me that flax wraps when it gets damp but I never even imagined how badly.
    I feel for you!

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  3. Bud, flax straw will wrap, damp or dry. Gorges, 35 acres is pretty insignificant for the big guys around me but it will likely take me a couple of days to finish at the rate I have been going. Keeping in mind that a "day" now is maybe 6 hours. Rough ball park figure, there might be $12,000 worth of flax seed left out there.

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