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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Six Months Late

I'm six months late but the 2015 harvest officially ended here on May 1. Those flax swaths from last fall were good and dry (and dusty). Poor quality after a winter  laying in the field but hindsight is 20:20 now and I should have harvested it damp last fall.
Lucky to have plenty of help being the weekend with brothers, nephews, sister and niece in laws around at various times doing trucking, straw raking, moving machinery and just generally available for any little job needing doing. Nothing got burned, broken or stuck in the mud, well just a little bit with the truck but it could have been worse and hopefully we will have that mudhole filled in and drive able by this time tomorrow.
A few minor problems but the most annoying was the length of barbed wire, complete with a fence picket that somebody thought it would be fun to throw into the outside swath in hopes it might get picked up by the combine causing plenty of damage. Fortunately I saw it before starting the swath.  I guess somebody did not like me closing the gate to the field to keep people from driving over the swaths through the winter and decided to show their displeasure this way. I have a few ideas what to do with people like that but unfortunately none of them are legal so enough said.



4 comments:

  1. Don't see many pull combines around here. Pretty much none. They make a lot of sense to me. Less engines the better.

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    1. Pull types are great but better suited to wide open spaces. Some of the tight little corners I was finishing up yesterday I was having to back up to make the turns. Not fun with a machine sixty feet long and unable to turn so sharp as to make the pto joints rattle.

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  2. Glad the helpful relatives outnumbered the hooligans.

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    1. Very true Gorges. That is usually the way here.

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