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Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Out Like The Lamb

I guess I really need call display on my cell phone. Cell time is very expensive here so most of the time mine is turned off unless

I am expecting an important call. Cleaning up a bin of wheat this morning to go to the cleaning plant, so turn on the cell just in

case they call me regarding cleaning. Just as I finished shoveling 165 bushels of wheat and climb out of the bin, the cell rings.

Throw of the heavy mitts, pull off the dust mask, drop the phone in the snow as I hurry to answer and find a nice lady from

Statistics Canada wondering if this would be a good time to answer a survey on grain , acres seeded and other interesting such things.

It was tempting to tell her just how inconvenient a time it was but I kept it civil but brief.

Anyway, at least March went out like the proverbial lamb, as the attached video will show.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Blizzard

Well here we are on the second official day of spring and it is blowing a blizzard. Snow blowing and pushing is going to be high on the list of things to do tomorrow. A little annoying since it should just be melting in the sun by now, not burning up expensive fuel to move it. I walked part ways out the driveway. Just going by feel, there is up to a foot of snow in places. 4 wheel drive and new winter tires just might get me through it. The 3 to 4 foot deep drifts in the yard are going to be a bit harder to handle as I am running out of places to pile snow. This makes almost 5 months of winter now and its getting a bit too much. Like the old timers used to say, "we get nine months of winter and 3 months of poor sleighing".

Monday, March 21, 2011

JD Tractor Video

A bit of Saskatchewan farming from about 22 years ago. Not my machinery or music but I like it. Astute viewers may notice my old 81 GMC pickup in the background. I needed to see some sunshine and dusty soil on this dull cloudy morning as we are between snow storms. First day of spring? Not in Sask.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Trucking Flax

It does'nt look much like spring in this video but the calendar says so. Plus it was a little above freezing the day I shot this video (March 17) so not a bad day to truck a load of flax to the cleaning plant in preparation for spring seeding. Roads are still solid but once it warms up it could be soft conditions for a while and heavy going. When all this snow melts there will be so much water in the fields that we wonder if it will even be possible to plant a crop this year. Still, I guess we have to plan and prepare for business as usual , even though the seed might stay in the bin til next year.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12 Snow Blowing

The calendar says March but yesterday's strong winds blew my driveway full of snow again worse than January. At least I had a nice sunny morning to work at clearing it. Maybe for the last time this winter?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sod Breaking in Sask.

Something a little different this time. A John Deere 4440 pulling a breaking disk turning the sod in an old farm yard. First time this prairie had been broken. It grew some good crops in the following years.
I video taped this on a fine April day in 1993.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lipton Parade 95.

Summer time parade in small town Sask. A nice change from the -30 C wind chill we are having today.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flax 1999

A home video from 1999 showing how we harvested flax. My Dad driving his favourite old tractor at the end piling the straw for burning.