One thing about this cold winter weather, it gives me an excuse to work on indoor stuff like this vhs video conversion to digital. Nice to look back on hot sunny weather. Although 1988 was a bit too much of a good thing. Spring started off fairly normal with good moisture for seeding but by the first week of June the heat was intense and unrelenting. I can't remember how much, if any, rain fell that summer but it could not have been much. The crops grew , but short and thin. If I had ever needed a direct cut header on the combine, that was the year. I did not have one though and it was my first year with the pull type Massey swather. A steep learning curve is how I would describe my first day with that swather in short barley. Once I got onto the depth judging and into a higher gear I was able to make good time and a reasonable swath. The swath being picked up in this video was spring wheat. I don't think I had ever run a combine that fast but there was so little material to put through that it required higher speed to keep the cylinder full and working.
The sound of the GM 350 at 2400 rpm all day long through unrestricted straight piped exhaust was very satisfying.The old air conditioning system worked well . The harvested wheat was very dry and good quality, just not a lot of it. And that same old IH Loadstar still trucks the grain. Now on it's fourth combine.