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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

And Then It Snowed

Some video shot while I was hauling hay bales home from the hundred acre woods last week. The last really nice day before it snowed on the weekend. I still have one more trip to make but I'll wait til it warms up a little more. 5 miles on the road with an open tractor you don't want to be doing if its cold.






Friday, September 21, 2018

Carbon Tax

I'm familiar with the concept you have to spend money to make money in this farming business. But a news interview this morning suggested that by paying the liberal's proposed carbon tax, we will actually get more money back than what we paid in. ?? How is that possible? If I'm going to have to pay more for the fuel I burn farming, heating my home and transporting my product to market, how is that good for me?
The proposed carbon tax starting next January will be $20 a tonne. So many tonnes of carbon do I have? Or produce? Just how do they figure out this magical formula that will make some of us rich by spending our money on a carbon tax? It sounds like one of those schemes where you just hand over your money and trust the government to take care of it.
Link to the National Post article.
Carbon Tax Will Pay?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Speedometer switch final

Well its too wet to harvest and we will be shut down for the rest of September if the forecast is right. So a good time to do some upgrading on the Merc before the weather gets too cold. The speedometer quit working many years ago and was beyond my skills to repair. Turns out the 53 parts car has a fully functional speedometer. All I had to do was a transfer it from one car to the other without losing any parts or breaking anything. I managed to do that and now have a working speedometer. Also took a few miles off the car in the process. Its original speedometer had just over 82,000 miles on it. The replacement is something over 78,000.




Friday, September 14, 2018

September Birthday

Finally  back at harvest yesterday and thinking about September 13th being Grandpa Nevard's birthday. I guess he would be about 133 years old if he were still living. I remember the day he died back in 1979. We were in a harvest hiatus due to damp weather as was not uncommon here.
This photo from 1910 shows him (far left on the load of sheaves)  hard at work pitching sheaves in to the thresher on the Goff/Nevard threshing syndicate. He was just five years out of Essex, U.K. and working hard to improve his new homestead. He took a little break in 1916 to go back and fight for the "old country" in the first world war.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Car Driving And Cattle Feeding

Out for a short drive in the 52 Merc. Checking out the sunset and the autumn leaves. The cattle stopped by to see if there was any oat chop in the feed troughs so of course I gave them some to keep them happy.




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018 Wheat harvest

Its been a busy few weeks with lots of time spent in the combine and or IH grain truck. About the highest yielding wheat crop I have ever harvested.  Slow going at times due to breakdowns, and various holdups. Running out of grain space and having to make a few alternate arrangements for storage. But thats a good problem to have. Down to the last 50 acres of wheat now and after that the canola. Still early at September 12 but if the weather does not give us a break it could get late.