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Title: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 22, 2022, 10:21:27 am
   I always felt a bit in the wrong place in the victory garden threads.


   Iím not so sure this is a good idea with the age we live in, but I decided to start a new thread. I would love to have others share their farms to.

   I enjoy others farming operations to and different crops.

  Also gardens certainly welcome.

  You might think itís single digits cold out and really nothing for a farmer to do. Itís never been that way on our farm. We always had milk cows or beef cattle.

  Anyone who has cattle knows they take care and a lot of work. That work is multiplied in with the winter weather.

   We also have a lot of equipment to maintain and sometimes completely modify.

  We changed sprayers and went from 120í wide to 135í. We want to control our traffic pattern and drive on the same tracks as we plant. It keeps compaction in same tracks, run over less crop and carries better when it gets muddy.

  We need to add two rows to our 16 row planter making it a 18 row 30Ē spacing.  45í wide. The sprayer can then drive on same tracks as planter.

  The old mechanical drives it would have been simple.

  We took off markers ( they physically made a mark in the dirt up center of next pass) as with GPS we very rarely use them. We made two frame extensions. One for each side and bolted them where the markers had been.

   The mechanics are going pretty quick. But thereís a lot of plumbing and wiring.  This is still going to take awhile.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 22, 2022, 10:41:50 am
Put in a little overtime and made this to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: White Falcon on January 22, 2022, 04:27:35 pm
Very nice.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 22, 2022, 06:58:10 pm
Thanks White Falcon.

I also smoked 9 sticks of summer sausage. Got another batch to smoke yet but not sure Iíll do it tomorrow or Monday. It works pretty good doing the smoking while I work at the shop.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Trapper Rob on January 23, 2022, 08:02:08 am
BJ I know what you mean by cattle I've carried lots of hot water over the years to thaw out water fountains.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 23, 2022, 10:20:24 am
BJ I know what you mean by cattle I've carried lots of hot water over the years to thaw out water fountains.

I know Rob. When we had milk cows . Between them and calves. I stayed so busy taking care of them all winter that I wondered how I got anything else done in the summer. They are easier to take care of in the summer. Putting them in pasture was always a big work saver. Of course 16 hours of daylight helps get stuff done to. They actually like the cold weather better than the hot though.

Bjrogg

PS got 10lbs of jerky Marinating for two days now. Ready to go in the dehydrator.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on January 23, 2022, 07:56:03 pm
Got a farm BJ but don't do much farming, got the part you can row crop leased to a local farmer, he rotates Bean's and corn, I have 400 acres but most is wooded, only farm about 80 of it,use about 80 for TwinOaks and the rest I just ramble on ,the ground is just to hilly to row crop much without it washing away. My uncle told me when I got it [ it was his and in the family 80+ years at that time ]  that it was a cattle farm, of course that was before no till, all they raised was tobacco ,hay and maybe a little corn for feed, but you could do that then and make a decent living on a 5/10 acre flat spot and hills don't matter much with hay. I love seeing your operation, not many that size around here, there are some a little father north in the edge of KY and some west Tennessee where the ground is flat just not much in Middle/east Tn. in the hill and hollows. I will be keeping and eye on you though, seems you have plenty to do. ;)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 24, 2022, 10:34:00 am
I really want to visit your farm someday Pappy. Iíve been to Clarksville to see my retired Army buddy. Nice area.

We have gotten lots of cattle over the year from farms just like your uncle talks about. From Tennessee, Kentucky or Virginia. They come in how we like em. Tall, lean and tough. They usually adapt pretty well to our farm and we put some finish on them. Fatten up pretty good.

I would love to see a old tobacco operation.


Well put another 8 sticks in the smoker.

The jerky is done.

Back to the shop to work o planter. Pulled off all the old fertilizer hose. Itís 17 years old and itís really in the way for routing wires. I donít think I will reuse it but might have to see how hard it is to get. A lot of stuff getting very hard to get. Making things very uncertain and impossible to plan and receive products ahead like we normally do.

I think my next step is going to be taking off old wiring and replacing with new as I go. This is the scariest part. Lots of wires and it wonít be wired the same. We previously had two variable rate hydraulic motors with shaft speed counters. They each ran half the planter 8 rows. Now we will have three v-rate motors and they will each run 6 rows. That will be nicer for my swat control. It will turn on and off in 6 row sections instead of 9. That will save me more seed and not double plant angled headlands and edges.

I would really have liked to totally upgrade to modern individual row electric drives and individual row shut off control, but right now it is impossible to get the new equipment. Iím recycling old equipment that others have discard when they updated to the new technology.


Your welcome to visit anytime Pappy. Itís nice here by the big lake in the summer most summers. Can get a bit humid.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Hawkdancer on January 25, 2022, 02:12:07 am
Well, those put my 18 supplement tub garden to shame!  we got a fair amount of tarragon, some squash, zucchs, and tomatoes, enough blueberries to top off a dish of ice cream, and a heck of a water bill!  Anasazi beans didn't make at all. Did get the composter filled, been too dry to work, though!  Try again this year!  Sort of mini farming! (lol)
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on January 25, 2022, 10:34:25 am
following you BJ  (-P
by the way great obsidian arrow. So nice that it deserve to fly toward a deer  :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 25, 2022, 11:11:29 am
Thanks Jerry. Iím very interested in your raised beds. Really thinking I should start some of my own. Past few years have been using my dadís. He wonít be using them anymore. They are certainly more knee and back friendly and you can still grow a lot of produce in a small area.

Thanks Glis.
Iím glad to know someone is watching. Not sure how popular this might be, but I like trying to bring the land back to people if I canít bring the people back to the land.

Since seems to be a little interest hereís another project we are working on.

Now that we switched to a 18 row planter our 4 row beet digger wonít be right. 4 isnít devisable into 18 evenly. I canít dig rows planted from two different passes of the planter. The rows need to be spaced perfectly.

Now I can use a 6 row beet digger. It will take three passes of six rows for each pass of 18 with the planter.

We used to have 4 passes of 4 rows for 16 row planter. So hopefully this will help with beet harvest.

Lots of beet growers around here have switched to the new self propelled harvesters and the old pull type can be bought for scrap price. Of course thatís about what they are worth because the wear and tear parts are expensive and many.

We got this 6 row pull type machine and are reconditioning it. We are going to rob some parts off our old four row. Tank, ferries wheel and elevator will be swapped. Putting in several new grab rolls and all new bearings. All new digger wheels. By the time where done we will have 6x what we paid for it, but thatís pretty normal.

Thanks for watching. Please feel free to add your farm or garden

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 25, 2022, 11:13:44 am
By the way. Smoked summer sausage turned out great and so did the jerky.

Wish you could smell and taste it

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Will B on January 25, 2022, 11:52:28 am
That looks delicious!  My mouth is watering :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 25, 2022, 12:41:15 pm
That looks delicious!  My mouth is watering :OK


Hereís a sample of jerky for you
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Trapper Rob on January 25, 2022, 05:57:17 pm
Looks good BJ
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 26, 2022, 08:53:23 am
Thanks Rob. Still praying for your dads wife. Hope all goes well. Now you better go out and make sure the water troughs arenít frozen.

I took all the hoppers and meters off planter. They are in the way for removing old wires and rerouting new ones. I switched the meters over to Sugar beets. I will take them to our Precision dealer and he will run them on his test stand to make sure they are working properly. We do this every winter. It can save a lot of costly problems.

I have the planter to the point Iím going to need to hook a tractor to it and unfold it. Itís single digits out and the planter tractor is on spreader for Biosolids. Ten miles from shop. In the cold. Itís probably going to take all day, but I need to change tracks on my old sprayer tractor. I need to take off narrow 18Ē wide tracks and switch to 24Ē wide tracks. Then put that tractor on Biosolids spreader. Then put planter tractor on planter.

Probably not that exciting and a lot of playing around in the cold. Hopefully tomorrow will be ready to actually work at planter again.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Parnell on January 26, 2022, 11:25:30 am
This is a fun thread, Brian!  Keep it up.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on January 26, 2022, 01:56:48 pm
looks good Brian

Used to like making smoked jerky, haven't done that in awhile
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 27, 2022, 12:49:07 pm
Thanks Steve if people are interested I will try to keep you all updated and continue this thread.

Marc I gave some jerky and a couple sticks of summer sausage to my brother. He said the jerky was pretty addictive and hard to ration.

Ironically at the times it seems like Iím not posting or doing anything. I might just be to busy to post but I will try to.

We got a good ways on our projects. My brother got the tractors switched and I continued pulling off the old wiring harnessís. Iím far enough along now to see how the new harness is going to work. I also realize I need one more yet so got that ordered today.

I have two of the four harnessís run. Will have to make a couple extensions wires for the two vacuum meters.

I have the three variable rate hydraulic motors and shaft speed counters wired.

The rate controller, seed star box and 2020 monitor are all wired.

I have the harness for the individual rows monitor laid out but not run yet.

I think Iím past the scariest part.

Got hydraulic lines run for third v-rate hydraulic motor.

Iím cautiously optimistic at this point but I know there could still be lots of surprises and Iím a long way from field ready.

Getting closer though and still have a little time.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 27, 2022, 12:54:53 pm
And I finished up a nice Cherokee two fletch target arrow last night.

Iím really liking the two fletch. Donít know why I didnít try it a long time ago. Pretty simple to fletch, looks great and this is the quietest arrow I have ever shot. Seems pretty fast two.

River cane shaft, pole barn spike point.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on January 28, 2022, 04:17:01 am
Really enjoying this thread BJ ! The work is never done. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BowEd on January 28, 2022, 06:47:48 am
Good thread about farming BJ.It goes to show to the public that farming is'nt just putting seed in the ground and watching it grow.
There are no classes of jobs out there.Everyone is acquainted with the least meaning full job all the way to the most meaningful job.
You wear a lot of different coats farming.Appreciating each others skills to get to the final goal.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 28, 2022, 07:33:04 pm
Thanks Bob. Itís never even close to all done and I guess for some silly reason I kinda like it. Just seems to make you feel like you have a purpose.

Yup Ed been learning the Jack of all Trades skills almost all my life.

Fix it with some baler twine to finish the job. Then take everything apart and fix it right when you can. When I was young you could see mechanically how something worked. About the time I graduated high school computers where just becoming available. Now you have to imagine how something works. Some of it is pretty hard to imagine, but it works. The technology in agriculture is absolutely amazing and essential. One has to remember the planter Iím working on nowís technology is twenty years old.
The new one will blow your mind. Each row driven by its own electric variable rate motor. It knows exactly where it is on the planter and exactly where the planter is. If itís on the outside of a 90í wide planter on the inside of a turn it knows itís traveling slower than the row on the outside of the turn so it slows itís self down to plant the right population. The one on the outside knows it has to speed itself up.


Well Iím pretty happy with our progress. I think I have all the harness we have installed. Iím going to have to wait for the last one awhile. Hopefully not to long. I think itís all going to work, but Iím certain there will be surprises . I want to find them as soon as I can.

Iím sure I will have lots of other things to do before that harness gets here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 28, 2022, 07:56:56 pm
Put in a little overtime and straightened a river cane shaft. Wrapped both ends with sinew
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BowEd on January 30, 2022, 03:38:04 am
It goes to show people there is'nt nothing a person can't do if they are willing to do it and have the patience to follow through.
Attention to details trait carries through to practically all things being made.
If it's done enough times a person can remember for the future and not have to go through the getting acquainted part again.
The purpose part to me is saving money as the cost of labor is out of this world.
A friend showed me the remnants of 2 whole deer he made into beef jerky.You could put the contents of 2 deer into a small Wal Mart shopping bag.
Nice shaft but I usually wrap the arrow shafts after self nock is cut/finished and arrowhead is mounted.To avoid any cutting of the threads.

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 30, 2022, 10:57:03 am
So true Ed. Often times the scariest part is just getting started. Once you commit and tear it apart, weíll then you have to stick with it and get it done.

I didnít do much with the planter yesterday. I decided to do something with that river cane shaft. If your curious itís posted in the arrow section. Obsidian point, two fletch build.

I think it might be headed somewhere special.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on January 31, 2022, 09:04:08 am
Good thread Bj. Ill be following along.

Thats some big equipment. 

Maybe come April when things get moving around here I'd have something to add. Ought to get started planting Peppers and Toms in the greenhouse in about a month.
Mike     
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on January 31, 2022, 06:22:13 pm
Thanks Mike. Look forward to seeing what you grow. I think thatís a big reason I do this. I just love watching it all grow. Harvest is alway sad but sweet.

Actually some of the neighbors have much bigger and better equipment. A couple have planters three times as wide. We get along pretty good with this size though.

I had to take my wife to the eye specialist today and my daughter to the ear specialist. Took all day but at least good reports.

I think I have a meeting in the morning and some banking to do.

Have more Biosolids coming Wednesday and snow on the way.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 02, 2022, 10:51:14 am
Well yesterday was spent getting ready for the big snow storm weíre supposed to get today, along with getting ready for more Biosolids due to arrive today.

This morning is one of my good friends funeral. Iíve talked about Gary before. Even had pictures of him in a article I wrote for primitive archery magazine.

Gary was a true inspiration. He was in a farm accident 16 years ago and has been in a wheelchair ever since. I have always been so impressed with his attitude. He wasnít one to feel sorry for himself and definitely made lemonade when all he got was lemons.

Before Garyís accident he loved hunting and walking. He walked several miles every day and hunted every chance he got. He even went to Africa and talked about it a lot.

After his accident he worked hard at getting any movement back he could. He couldnít even ďsqueeze ď his trigger finger. He had to move his whole hand to pull his trigger.

His kids modified his wheelchair and mounted his rifle on it. The whole family went back to Africa and enjoyed another hunt there. Gary took a couple really dumb ones as he said. They had to be dumb for him to get them. Kinda like me hunting with my stick.

My buddy Randy was a fantastic friend of Garyís. The two of them spent countless hours hunting groundhogs and trying to lower the population for the local farmers. They averaged over 200 a year with Gary shooting most of them. Iím really going to miss him. He wonít be forgotten. Every time I see a ground hog I will certainly be reminded of him. Itís pretty fitting that his funeral will be on ground hog day.

Heís out of his chair and got his wings now. RIP Gary.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 02, 2022, 02:36:28 pm
My friend Gary has a lot of hunting trophies. None of them meant as much to him as this one.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Deerhunter21 on February 02, 2022, 03:05:02 pm
Im enjoying this thread BJ! thanks for posting  ;D
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on February 05, 2022, 03:46:16 pm
Interesting thread Bj. I get to play farmer every once and while on my son-in-law's family farm. Mostly helping putting grain in the bins. The boys know what is up in the fields. Used to help pick rocks in the old days, till technology put me out of business with that new fangled rock picker. Greatest invention ever
Thanks for taking us along for the ride
Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 06, 2022, 08:57:41 am
Thanks Russell. Iím glad you are enjoying it.

Thanks Stoker. We have extended family that we very much appreciate help from every fall. It takes a lot more warm bodies than just my brother, nephew and I come beet harvest.

I did a lot of rock picking, hoeing weedy Sugar beets, baling hay and straw, milking cows and pitching manure. Along with a bunch of other glamorous jobs. Often wonder how so many from my generation grew up loving the farm and doing whatever they could to stay on it. Yet now with many of those glamorous jobs no longer required or at least made simpler, many of our youth are leaving the farm. Itís still a tough, but rewarding job.

Iím sorry I havenít updated thread much this week. Itís been a busy one even if it doesnít seem like I got much done. Between doctors, a funeral, snow storm, agronomy meeting, and Biosolids I canít believe itís already Sunday.

I did very little on our planter. Still waiting for one more wiring harness to hook everything up to the tractor. Hopefully it comes this week.

We had some nasty weather, but really it wasnít as bad as predicted. Was actually really pretty until the wind picked up. Then most of the snow in my field ended up in big snow banks in my yard.

I got tractor switched on Biosolids spreader but it wouldnít work. I had to replumb  hydraulics and return oil to a different spot on the tractor. Got that done and everything was working good. Got snow cleaned out of my yard and two truck loads delivered and dumped. I was hoping to quick spread them, but on the first spreader load I broke the apron chain. Fortunately I was able to get the spreader empty. I took it the 9 miles back to the shop and my nephew and I went right to work removing the broken section of chain and replacing it with new. Itís not a fun job, but we got it done in record time.
I took spreader back to my farm and started spreading the Biosolids. It actually went really good. The wind had blown all but a couple inches of snow off the field and now it died down to calm. Perfect for my job. I spread all but one spreader load yesterday. Could have finished, but went to 7:00 mass. Should be able to finish the last spreader load pretty quick if I donít have any other problems. It wonít be today though.

I havenít had time for any projects. All my overtime has been work related this week. Maybe today. I donít have anything planned so far and it really feels good that way.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 06, 2022, 09:01:23 am
Snow before the wind

Bunny tracks in my barn.

Just a little snow really helps see how your spreader pattern is.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on February 07, 2022, 04:59:23 am
Got a bit more Snow here just West of Flint - bout 12" on the flat, finnaly got plowed out day before yesterday. Helped Wirwicki with a tractor mounted Snow Blower in His shop today. Like the posts for sure. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 07, 2022, 10:06:46 am
Yes we were right on the edge of system. Weíve been getting pretty lucky so far this winter. Most of the big snow has stayed south of us. Lots of cold which I donít mind if it sunny and no wind. I donít like the wind. Donít mind moving some snow, but hate when the wind just blows it right back again.

Weíre starting to run out of parts we need to finish up our projects. Still have things to do, but really hoping some of the stuff weíre waiting on shows up soon.

Got the Biosolids spread for now. Going to move stuff back to shop. My snowblower tractor has a problem with clutch linkage. Get that in shop to look at to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckeye Guy on February 07, 2022, 02:00:19 pm
Just discovered this
Good Idea BJ
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on February 07, 2022, 06:51:33 pm
Yes we were right on the edge of system. Weíve been getting pretty lucky so far this winter. Most of the big snow has stayed south of us. Lots of cold which I donít mind if it sunny and no wind. I donít like the wind. Donít mind moving some snow, but hate when the wind just blows it right back again.

Weíre starting to run out of parts we need to finish up our projects. Still have things to do, but really hoping some of the stuff weíre waiting on shows up soon.

Got the Biosolids spread for now. Going to move stuff back to shop. My snowblower tractor has a problem with clutch linkage. Get that in shop to look at to.

Bjrogg

I don't know about down your way but up here if there's not enough snow cover then the ground freezes and if it freezes too deep then that just sets back gardens.  So far this year snow cover has been a bit on the low side.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 07, 2022, 08:26:18 pm
Glad you found it Guy. Good to see you here.

Marc. Around here we say to cold to snow. It always seems like we get more snow when it is on the warm side. When it gets really cold the air gets drier. But the snow we do get stays.

We like it to freeze before we get snow so the fields arenít mud under the snow. The frost does take some compaction out of the soil to. It can certainly make for a late spring though.

I really like 20-25f. Sunny and no wind.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on February 08, 2022, 09:05:57 am
Up here the coldest nights are always on a full moon and it almost never snows on a full moon.  I like winter but we've had many nights in the -30's and that I am not fond of anymore.  Also I have found that a good snow cover actually helps with heating our house
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 08, 2022, 10:32:43 am
Yup thatís a lot colder than we get around here. Normally donít get much below-14f . Hate when you breath through your nose and it freezes together. The big lake tends to moderate our temperature extremes. In the summer it helps keep it from getting as hot. In the winter it keeps us from getting as cold. It definitely is a big influence on our weather and even more so right along the shoreline. My dads farm where I grew up is four miles from the lake. My farm goes almost up to it. I always have extra clothes. Sometimes itís hard to believe the difference those couple miles make.

Snow is very good insulator. Especially dry fluffy snow. If we get a foot of snow before freeze up and it doesnít go away. There will be mud under the snow no matter how cold it gets.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 08, 2022, 02:17:27 pm
We got loader and my snowblower tractor back to shop yesterday.

Snowblower tractor has broken clutch cable. Had to take access cover off bottom of cab floor to work on it. Took awhile but got old one out. Hopefully they get new one soon. Or at least I donít need my snowblower.

Also got our new used six row topper home. It was nice that we could buy it pretty local. The lady said she might even come and run it for me if we really got in a bind. Hard finding enough good help that time of year.

Got lights wired on beet digger. Put tank and convoy from four row on six row. It has new chain and the electric hydraulic valves that allow  me to fold elevator, run conveyor to unload the bin and change direction of elevator to fill cart or to fill bin. I can do all of these functions and more using one hydraulic outlet from my tractor with the value. Otherwise it would take more outlets than my tractor has. I need
the rest of my outlets for other functions.

I did hit a piece of obsidian for a while Sunday. Not done, but starting to look like something

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 09, 2022, 07:12:06 pm
We had two four row beet toppers. The topper removes the beet leaves and places them in between the rows. We donít harvest them . They just go back into the ground.

Now we need a six row topper and again we got one about scrap price.

We plan on using a lot of parts from our four rows. They have almost new flails and a much better bracket to hold them.

We took them off the topper we bought. They were worn out anyway. And we hate these brackets.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 09, 2022, 07:13:30 pm
These are the ones on our four rows.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 09, 2022, 07:16:46 pm
It also got above freezing and we finished washing our combine. We need to keep working on equipment. Canít just sit and wait for parts.

Also have more Biosolids coming.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 09, 2022, 07:20:50 pm
I did a little work on a Osage I had started last year. Itís a beautiful stave that Arvin sent me.

I found out one thing. Iím not in as good of shape as I was last winter. I had a struggle getting it strung.

Good to have a bow in the vice again.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Parnell on February 11, 2022, 09:23:48 am
Hi Brian,

Was listening to episode 20 of the Bear Grease podcast about soil health and itís affects and effects, etc.  itís a good one.  But, Iíve found that all the episodes are great.  Anyhow, it made me think of this thread and your lifestyle.

Be curious to hear about what types of approaches you are interested in and practice regarding soil management and what that encompasses up in Michigan.

Cheers,

Parnell
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on February 11, 2022, 10:55:22 am
Looks like farming ain't just planting seeds. You have to be a jack of all trades and hardly get paid for most of it.
My hat is off to all farmers.  :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 11, 2022, 03:25:30 pm
Yes there certainly is Pat. I wear so many hats that it never gets boring.

Steve I hope you follow along and I think you we see my ideas about soil health. Iím big on it and just like a personís health it isnít just one thing that keeps it healthy. Itís a lot of little things.

Just like people soils are different to. Some are more healthy to start with and some take more maintenance.

I could do a whole thread on the subject.

A few things Iím big on.

Cover crops. A crop we grow besides our actual crop. Sometimes before, sometimes after, sometimes both and sometimes even during. We do it to hold soil in place. Slow erosion. Build organic mater. And improve soil structure.

Controlling traffic patterns.
Helps keep compaction to confined areas. We also use track tractors and carts instead of wheels to have a lighter footprint. We try very hard to avoid driving or tilling our ground when itís wet and more able to pack. Kinda like a snowball. If snow is cold and ďdryĒ you canít pack it. It just crumbles. Same with dirt. If it wet it can be made into a mud ball.

Tile and drainage.
I donít think anything we have done in my lifetime has helped our soil health more than under ground drainage tile. I really allows us to do all the other things we need to do to have soil health. It helps keep the plants from drowning like the holes in the bottom of a potted plant. Maybe not as good but it sure helps. It make it possible most years to plant, harvest and till the ground when itís not to wet. When it is to wet it usually at least allows us to harvest the crop.

Nutrition.
Just like peopleís health the soil depends on it to. We have to feed the soil and the microbes living in it. We feed it with cover crops, manure, Biosolids and conventional fertilizers. Right now we are applying Class A Biosolids. It is a highly refined product made from human waste. Itís not the most convenient product Iíve ever used, but it works and both my soil, crops and cover crops seem to really like it. Kinda like Matt Damon on the Martian but not nearly as stinky or messy.

Thereís a bunch of other things that go along with the program, but I think if you keep watching youíll pick up a bunch of them.

Was going to say what weíve been doing, but running out of time now. Iíll save it for another time.

Thanks for the questions and comments

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on February 14, 2022, 09:08:36 am
Coldest night this winter.

(https://i.imgur.com/W2ASDdd.jpg)

It was cold but 30 years ago this would have been an average cold night, back then it was common to have temps at least 10 degrees colder
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on February 14, 2022, 10:06:35 am
That temp is 30 degs colder than out 20deg(F) here this morning.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 14, 2022, 10:59:10 am
Yup itís a bit nippy out there last night Marc. But you definitely have us beat. Thatís okay with me though. Iím not sure how low we got but it was -4f before I went to bed last night. Was sure glad my wife had extra blankets on and half the bed warmed up.lol I was like a reptile attracted to the heat.

Yeah definitely remember some cold winters , but it creeps into my bones more now.

The cold weather has been good for our spreading Biosolids operation. A lot of the Biosolids from Detroit go across the bridge to our good Canadian neighbors. When the boarder closes we are suddenly moved up in the schedule and we received 8 doubles loads of product late last week. Went right to work spreading it with good conditions. Still have about two loads to spread, but we got a heck of a pile spread. Was actually good timing for us.

We did get the last wiring harness for the planter and I think I have the planter side of it installed correctly. Need to route it to the front of planter now and then to tractor. Sounds simple, but you have to realize that this planter folds up for transport. It uses that space very efficiently and doesnít provide a lot of extra space to route wire harnessís and hydraulic hoses. We are hoping not to have to route harness as it was originally installed. Iím afraid it wonít fit with the connectors on unless we pull all the hydraulic hose out, install wire harness and then reinstall hydraulic hoses. We are hoping to run a PVC pipe over top of the brace that the original wires and hoses were routed through, but now we arenít so sure it going to work. Weíll figure something out though.


Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 14, 2022, 01:33:38 pm
Still spreading
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Parnell on February 15, 2022, 08:59:47 am
Good pictures!  I see the track setup on your tractor.  Iím appreciating the work put into the management of the soil more than ever, learning more about it.  Itís a fascinating subject and I can imagine being very passionate in itís stewardship.

You can bet Iíll be watching.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on February 15, 2022, 09:07:43 am
Yes that is a pretty good setup.  Tracks certainly seem the way to go

I remember when I was young my grandmother getting her wheel tractor stuck in the mud, it was not a pretty sight
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 15, 2022, 09:36:49 pm
There are advantages and disadvantages to both wheels and tracks. I like tracks for most jobs I do. They have a much lighter footprint. They are more expensive to maintain though.

Well after fixing a water problem at home I worked at the planter again. I took the planter outside and folded it in and out. I wanted to see if our plans would work.

The first picture is planter folded out. The wires and hose originally were routed inside the braces that run from front to back at 45degree angles. Itís the only way to route them as this length wonít change. The center framework telescopes so its length changes that doesnít work for running wires and hoses.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 15, 2022, 09:40:51 pm
Next picture is showing how center frame is telescoping out, becoming longer and folding the outsides of the planter inward

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 15, 2022, 09:44:37 pm
Thought I had picture of it folded completely but must have deleted it.

Next picture is showing our conduit temporarily mounted on the 45 degree braces

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 15, 2022, 09:47:51 pm
And hereís the part we were worried about. The ď hooksĒ That come around and hook over the center frame to lift everything up are squishing our conduit ever so slightly. I think it will work.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 15, 2022, 09:58:43 pm
I finished running the wire harness to the front of planter and hook it up to tractor.

Now I have to reprogram all my planter information. I setup both the rate controller and planter display so they now have 3 vrd motors instead of two and assign them their proper rows.

Iím having trouble though. My display isnít seeing my individual rows information. Iím not sure what the answer to my problem is but itís not going to get fixed tonight. Iím kinda hoping I just need to have the seed star box reprogrammed. Might have to get someone from Deere to do that. Hopefully I can get some answers tomorrow.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 16, 2022, 11:43:00 am
Well now Iím getting somewhere. Turns out I had everything hooked up right but I didnít realize that the new harness for the individual rows electric eyes was wired for Deere now instead of Dickey John like it use to be. Dickey John switches the positive and negative their plugs. I had to remove the old adapter harnessís.

I powered everything up and it showed the rows. I also reprogrammed my precession display for 18 rows.

I then had everything except row 13 eye info. A few more calls to one of my buddies and a bunch of trouble shooting and I determined one of the new harness's has a open circuit.

The maker of the harness is going to call me.

Iím getting closer though and feeling much better than last night

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 18, 2022, 07:23:50 am
I was hoping that the company that made the wire harness would just send me a new one and I would send the defective one back.

Thatís not how they wanted to do it though. They wanted me to do some more trouble shooting. I had already determined which harness was defective. Now they wanted me to remove the pins from the plugs to see if they had a simple problem with their crimp or a broken wire by the crimp. I have a tool to remove the pins and I pulled pin 13 out of one end and inspected it. It visually looked good. I still had open circuit between pins. I checked from pin to probing the wire just a inch or so from the crimped on pin. I had continuity there so that tells me the pin is crimped on properly.

Next I remove pin from plug on other end of harness. Once again I visually inspect it and it looks good. I check resistance between pins and circuit is still open. I check from pin to probing the wire a inch from the crimp and have continuity. Once again this is telling me the crimp is good. As unlikely as it seems, my new wire most have a break in it .

The technician Iím working with talks to his boss and they decide they want me to send this harness back so they can repair it and then send it back to me. Iím a little bummed as this is liking to take weeks. Iím really wanting to try everything out and see what other surprises I have. The harness is twice as long as I need. Iím very tempted to just cut it in half. See which half has good wire and wire plug on good half, but they donít want me to do that.

They decide to have Ups pick up my package. It sits in my shop another 24 hours waiting to get picked up.

In the meantime we work on the combine, but we are running out of new part and itís becoming a real problem getting them. Lots of stuff back ordered. Starting to get pretty nervous. We have most of our fertilizer on farm already in our storage tanks. Usually we have a lot of our chemicals on farm in in our storage to but this year we havenít been able to get any yet. In fact they still havenít been able to tell us what we will be able to get and have told us several things we wonít be able to get. Normally we have prepaid the majority of these inputs already. At this point we still canít because of this.

After everyone else goes home I decide to work on a project. Our ups guy quite often comes about 7:00 or 8:00 pm. The first night he doesnít show, but last night he did. He always likes seeing what Iím working on.

Itís a river cane shaft Iím straightening for a obsidian point I just finished. Guess I donít have a picture of the shaft, but hereís the point. I like this shape for arrows

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on February 19, 2022, 03:33:28 am
Great looking Point BJ ! Hope to be able to Finally meet You at the New location Memorial Weekend. I spend alot of time with that Bruce B. character  (lol) ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 19, 2022, 08:14:36 am
Thanks Bob I really like Bruce and Cindy. They are really good people and made Susie and I feel right at home right from the first event we attended. We keep in contact. They even dropped by our shop a few years ago and dropped off two bear hides they decided to clean out of their freezer. I tanned one, but I havenít found the time to tan the second one yet. That was a lot more work than I thought it would be. Iíll get the second one  someday, but I can see itís not going to be this winter.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 19, 2022, 08:45:55 am
I was hoping to test all my systems out and find anymore surprises, but now I have to wait for the defective harness to be fixed and returned.

This is how our row starter fertilizer was applied. We never liked this system. Itís supposed to put the fertilizer 2Ē to the side of seed and 2Ē below the seed. It doesnít do a very good job of that. And weíve tried tweaking it, but still werenít satisfied.

Several years ago we tried mounting a knife behind one row like the second picture. It worked good, but the bracket we made was to light and bent. I could sure see that one row got off to a lot better start though.

We were going to try something on one row again, but since we have run out of parts we decided to go for broke and put them on all 18 rows while we wait for parts.

Hopefully they work. A lot of stuff happens in this 6 feet. Row cleaners  clear trash and residue out of the path. Then the starter fertilizer is placed 2Ē to the side and two inches below where the seed will be planted. Then the meter drops the seed in seed trench made by two seed disks. The depth of the trench is controlled by the gauge wheels. Then some nylon plastic ďseed formersĒ gently push the seed to bottom of trench and make sure seed has good soil contact. Then we spray  a 3 1/2 inch ďTee bandĒ
that goes in the trench and a inch to each side of it . We can use a very small amount of insecticide to protect our seeds from grubs, wire worms and seed corn maggots. We can cut our rate by 10x using the narrow Tee band. One problem with cover crops is that they are also a very good environment for harmful insects. Finally the closing wheels close the seed trench and light pack the ground to insure good seed to soil contact and consistent depth.

Bjrogg

PS I sure hope this is going to work. Iím a little nervous about switching them all without trying them out on one row first. We plant in a lot of different conditions and those conditions can have a huge effect on how something like this works
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 19, 2022, 08:50:21 am
I also got that point haft to a river cane shaft

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on February 22, 2022, 04:28:09 am
Nice point. It deserve to fly  (SH)
did you use foreshaft or direct connection to rivercane?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 24, 2022, 06:03:36 am
Sorry itís been awhile. Glis glis. It is mounted directly to the river cane. Has  wild turkey tail feathers with a two fletch. Itís i. The arrow section . I called it pass thru.


Right now itís cold again and Iím spreading Biosolids.  Bouncing across field 2 mph in the dark

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 24, 2022, 08:08:27 am
Three hours later and the sun is coming up. I could see about thirty just as the sun was breaking.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on February 24, 2022, 09:18:53 am
Sorry itís been awhile. Glis glis. It is mounted directly to the river cane. Has  wild turkey tail feathers with a two fletch. Itís i. The arrow section . I called it pass thru.


Right now itís cold again and Iím spreading Biosolids.  Bouncing across field 2 mph in the dark

Bjrogg

Any particular reason why you are doing that in the dark?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 24, 2022, 10:35:49 am
 A couple Marc.

1 my schedule. Have a meeting this afternoon and tomorrow I have my great aunt funeral.

2 I like having the ground frozen enough I donít even leave a track.

3 going to take a few days and have to do it while conditions allow.

With the gps itís not a problem.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on February 24, 2022, 11:13:00 am
I grew up on a beef/hog operation but decided not to peruse it later in life, but still live on part of the property. My brother was born to be a farmer and not room for both of us anyway.  He gave it a go for about 20 years but could not find enough land to make it work.  Now he just hobby farms about 90 acres and I rent mine to the neighbors.  He's the last of 8 generations to farm the area, but who knows what his kids will do in future.

That is quite a conversion!  I remember my Dad back in the 70's converted a 4 to a 6 row corn planter, obviously that was nothing complicated as everything was mechanical and pretty simple.  These days with the electronics alone makes that a major undertaking.  I don't know a thing about raising sugar beet, but my brother put in radishes for cover crop last fall and the deer sure love them!  Actually I ate a pile of them as well, I'd pull one on my way to deer stand and munch on it.  Also they were great cooked!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 25, 2022, 08:28:11 am
Buckskinner I totally understand you and your brothers situation.

We grew up milking cows, making hay and hoeing weedy sugar beets. My dad was very good at letting us make mistakes and learning from them. Itís something Iím probably not as good at and mistakes have become very expensive.

My dad said we could always come back to the farm, but we had to leave it first and try something else. My dad was a smart man with a lot of common sense. I went to electronics school and after I worked in Detroit for several years. In the spring of 1984 the economy was terrible. Inflation was crazy and the place I worked at was going to have to let someone go. It was me or a guy with a wife and kids. I decided to pack up my meager belongings and go back to the farm.

It was difficult. Interest rates were high. Everything was expensive and when I left the farm they sold the cows. My next youngest brother had taken a job and work off the farm for a few years. Now he was getting married and wanted to come back to the farm. We decided to buy some cows and start milking again. I remember being very nervous about how much money I had to borrow and how high the interest rate was. My dad told me if you donít have anything, they canít take anything away from you. That was 38 years ago and I have been I debt ever since. It has been a struggle and the time I spent off the farm made me appreciate my time on the farm enough to stick with it. I have had to sell stuff I couldnít make the payments on. It hurt and my brother who farmed with me for 35 years decided it was time for him to leave the farm again. We had to sell land and there wasnít enough left for all of us.
Myself and my middle brother decided to keep trying to make it go. The next couple years were very difficult and very hard on one nerves. We somehow managed to survive them. I said a lot of prayers and asked the good lord to take care of us. Honestly he was the only one who could. He has and we are getting through it.


My dad planted our first sugar beet crop two days before I was born. This spring if my planter works I will plant our 61st crop of sugar beets. Things have certainly changed. Yet stayed the same. We still take those delicate little beets seeds and plant them in the cold moist soil. We still do a lot of praying and worrying.

Last year we had a record year for sugar beet yields. We averaged 44 tons per acre. A whole 10 tons higher than the fantastic crop we grew the year prior. Unfortunately the sugar content was very low. We averaged 16.4% sugar. The year prior we averaged 20.23% sugar. The previous year even though we had over 3,000 less tons. We had over 300,000 more lbs of sugar from them. This still wouldnít be so terrible except beet are a perishable crop. We canít just store them in a bin. They go on huge piles and we have to get them processed before the end of spring.

The most we have ever processed as a coop is 5.1 million tons. Last year we estimated we had a 5.8 million ton crop. We left 5% of our crop unharvested, knowing we would never be able to process it. Also knowing we probably should have left another 5 or 7 percent unharvested.

We harvested them though. Hoping for a record slice and hoping the factories could get them processed. We are still very short on employees at our factories with 80 open positions. Covid has made it difficult to keep the ones we have able to come to work with exposures and quarantine.
Instead of having record slice it has been pretty disappointing.  Now we are paying to haul beets away and dispose of them. I expect us to discard around a million tons of beets between what we didnít harvest and what we haul back from the piles. And the amount of sugar we get from the tons we do process is low. Normally we get between 290 to 320 lbs of sugar from a ton. We are averaging 239 lbs.
Kinda like when you have to much zucchini and canít find a home for it, but a lot more expensive.

We will do it again though and chances are with different results. Hardly ever have the same results two years in a row.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on February 25, 2022, 10:36:17 am
Most who don't grow up on a farm don't realize the cutting edge that farms run on, literally year to year where a lot of them you are just trying to pay for inputs and interest.  We also had extremely lean years where Dad wouldn't talk about it, but you could see it in his face every day.   I wouldn't have traded my childhood for anything, I learned 100x more working on the farm than I did in college, and the farm was the reason I got my first job which laid the foundation for my entire career.  My to be first boss saw on my resume that I grew up on a farm, asked me some questions only a farm kid would know and offered me the job on the spot.

I try to instill the same for my kids and even though they helped the neighbor milk and my brother put up hay and such, it's not the same as the grind of every day.  I do think they have a work ethic and can appreciate a hard day's work.  I remember a day about 8 years ago when their baseball practice was cancelled because it was too hot out and they spent the afternoon unloading hay, that's farm life though...

I learned a lot about the beet business just from your above post!  I wish you a prosperous growing season and with high sugar content and efficient processing!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 26, 2022, 04:19:48 pm
Stick around and you will learn a lot more about the sugar beets. They are pretty interesting crop to grow.

I got up at 3:00 am Thursday and applied Biosolids till 1:30pm. Then got cleaned up and went to a meeting from 3:00 pm till almost 8:00

Slept in a bit Friday and went to my aunts funeral. She was only a couple weeks from 97. Lived a good life and raised 13 kids. It was really good to see so many of my cousins again. Itís to bad someone always seems to have to pass for so many of us to.

I visited with my cousins till about 3:00 pm and then went back at applying Biosolids till 10:30pm

My wire harness came back. It did have a broken wire. My nephew installed it last night but couldnít get the hydraulic motors to turn. This morning I looked everything over and tried it. I got the motors to turn but the one we added was turning wrong direction. Iím hoping I can plumb it differently to change its direction. Iíll have to talk to Deere Monday.

This afternoon I got the bow I started last winter back out and did a little scraping. I got this stave from Arvin. Thanks Arvin Iím sorry itís taking me so long, but hopefully I can get it to the flats someday. September is a really busy time for me though.

It has a little reflex right out of the right fade. Makes it look a little worse than it is. I think I need a little more right outer third. Kinda like left limb so far. Iím not going to rush this one. Itís about 50@21
right now. It seems to have gained a little weight just sitting in my shop.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on February 28, 2022, 08:46:10 am
Bow looks good so far. Been trying to keep up on your thread here.

Just found out late last week that the crew we use for pruning will not be coming this year. Spent a few hours late last week with the pole saw. I'll be out all this week to try and get some big stuff cut out of the apples. Labor seems to be an issue no matter what you do. Looks like the ground will be frozen in the mornings but going to be in the mud after that. Going to be a long few weeks, Im getting too old for this stuff :)

Mike
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on February 28, 2022, 09:01:36 pm
Yes labor sure does seem to be everyoneís problem Mike. Good luck with your apples.

Had a little birthday party for my daughter yesterday. Was fun seeing the grandkids to.

This morning I started spreading Biosolids and then my brother traded me off. I went to FSA office and reported my cover crops and planting dates. Then I had some tax stuff to do. Then I headed back to the shop.

My nephew replumbed  the variable rate hydraulic motor we added to the planter and we tested it out. It worked. Everything is turning that supposed to be turning. In the direction and speed their supposed to be turning. I think itís all going to work now. Thatís a great feeling. We still have to plumb all the new hoses for the fertilizer system. Install the meters on the hoppers and test them on the planter, but Iím thinking they should work and hopefully I donít run into any problems.

Then my son asked if I could help him clean the cattle pins. I spread three loads of manure and then the loader tractor had a leaking tire. We managed to drive it to the air compressor and then to town and the tire shop. It was closed but at least itís there and there wonít be a service call.

I have to get my propane tank tested tomorrow before I can get it refilled. Sure hope it passes. Iím down to 10% and itís still pretty cold.

Then Iím hoping to work on planter again.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 01, 2022, 04:20:04 pm
Well my tank passed inspection and so did everything else.

As often happens my day went quite differently than I was planning.

It was a nice day . Temp somewhere in the high 30ís to maybe even 40 with hardly any wind. I washed my sonís combine. I had it blown off with the leaf blower already but it has been to cold to get it washed. My old arms are sore from running the power washer. My brother lifted me up with the loader and we got it pretty darn good. Somebody else can wax it.

In like a lamb out like a lion. Guess weíll find out, but it is March now and anything can happen around here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on March 02, 2022, 03:58:31 am
Nice  :OK ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on March 02, 2022, 10:44:02 am
Combine looks like well taken care of for being in its teen years!  I bet you could probably sell now for more than you bought it for, although about $400k to replace new...  How much grain do you run compared to beets?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 02, 2022, 12:40:28 pm
Yes we are shop people. Itís been passed through generations. We maintain our equipment the best we can. Much of it is very seasonal and when you need it to work, you need it to work. Next week isnít going to be good enough. Down time is very expensive when you have a crop to bring in.

Hereís our 1985 Kenworth. My favorite of our trucks. We have a 1991 Mac and a 1995 Mac. Our newest truck is 2005 IH

Iím working on the planter again today and hoping to actually put some seed in it and test it out. That might be a little optimistic though.

Buckskinner we really arenít that big for our neighborhood. We were up to about 2,200 acres before we sold land and my brother got out. Since then we have also had landlords pass and the next generation sold . We werenít in a position to buy.

We planted more grain when we had more cattle and land.

Now we plant around 440 acres of beets. 470 acres of white wheat. 70 acres of corn. 50 acres of soybeans mostly on sugar beet fields headlands and wedge rows. 10 acres of rye for cover crop seed. About 500 acres of edible beans.

My son has about 200 head of cattle and farms about 300 acres. We work together planting and harvesting. He grows about 40 acres white wheat. 40 acres of edible beans. 30 acres of hay and the rest is corn

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 02, 2022, 12:43:20 pm
1985 Kenworth
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on March 03, 2022, 04:33:51 am
What Transmission is in the K Whopper ? I drove Big Trucks for a living - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 03, 2022, 07:31:00 am
A Eaton 13 speed Bob. She spent the first part of her life fueling planes at Metro airport. 400 hp Cat 3406. Sheís a nice truck. I use to transfer sugar beets from the piling grounds to the factories. Ran doubles. Before her I had a IH cab over with a 400 Cumins.  I couldnít believe how much nicer this KW rode. She only had about 70,000 miles when we bought her. Spend a lot of time pumping fuel though.

I didnít actually put seed in the planter, but I think I have everything ready to give it a try. I put the meters on the hoppers and put the hoppers on the planter. I removed the rest of old wiring harness we donít need and I tidied up and secured to the harnessís, hoses and air lines trying to make sure they were safe for folding and unfolding and also operations. Then it was time to get to Ash Wednesday mass.

Iím pretty sure itís going to work now, but I really want to run some seed through her to see if all the systems work.

I have a couple meetings this morning. Still hoping to try her out today if possible, but I get my plans changed all the time so wonít know till it happens.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Marc St Louis on March 03, 2022, 09:14:58 am
Yes March and -24C last night and +9C with rain on Sunday.  Weather like a Yo-Yo.

I can remember 30 years ago getting weeks of -40C to -45C in Feb. and having to get up to go feed the cows.  That was a bit brutal.  Don't miss those days
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 03, 2022, 02:25:56 pm
Yes definitely yo-yo weather. I really donít care for our spring weather. Normally itís cold, damp and muddy. With a lot of icing wind right off the big lake. My back is getting stiff and sore just thinking about it.

Well I got done with our meetings and tried the planter. 2/3rds of it seemed to be working but one of our existing motors wasnít turning. Iím hoping it just needs some calibration or a button push but nobody I can talk to now.

Looks like some more trouble shooting

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 04, 2022, 09:31:48 pm
I got my planter working. The seed star needed to calibrate its third drive position. I was thinking I could do this by running one of the system test designed to work with planter in up position but I couldnít. I actually had to put it down and drive about 200í. The ground is a mix of mud and frozen. I had to remove the fertilizer knives we just put on or they would probably have gotten damaged. Then I put the planter down turn everything on and drove. The third motor speed up and slowed down several times until it ran its calibration and then it ran at the proper speed.

The monitor was seeing each rows seed drop and counting population. I didnít want to run the planter through the mud and frozen gravel any more than I had to. I did the rest of the test I could with planter in up position. Seems like itís going to work.

Next I have to get the other systems working. My Air Force system uses air bags to either put more or less down pressure on the planter units to insure the seed disks can cut into the dirt properly. I tried the test for the Air Force system but it failed . I found a couple leaks I fixed and one of the air bags that came with the used rows units we added had a leak . I went to my precision dealer and got two new ones. Didnít get them replaced yet, but hopefully tomorrow and hopefully it passes the tests then.


Itís sure a good feeling to have the planter and monitor working. I still have to put the new hoses on the fertilizer system.

Also have to put my spray pump, tanks and controller.

It should be just my normal familiar problems now. Hopefully not to many of them either.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 06, 2022, 08:30:36 am
Starting to look a little more like spring.

Got air bags changed and air leaks fixed.

Next step is fertilizer system.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 09, 2022, 12:22:35 pm
Been working at plumbing the new fertilizer hoses. I changed the 1 1/2Ē from the tank to the pump. Then I changed the 1Ē one from pump to manifold. Now Iím running individual rows to the new redball monitor. This is for one half of the planter. There are two of these. There will be 18 hoses going to each of them when Iím done. 9 from the manifold to red ball monitor. And 9 from monitor to each row.

Coming along nicely.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 09, 2022, 12:27:29 pm
Put in a couple night overtime and did this.

Snapped my perform a couple nights ago.

Then I changed course and came up with this

We got our snow back, but the days are getting longer. Eventually it will thaw out.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Deerhunter21 on March 09, 2022, 03:26:28 pm
I gotta say BJ, you are getting Dang good at knapping! your arrows look great like always but the knapped heads with the art on the shaft makes your arrows look amazing!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 09, 2022, 09:15:23 pm
Thank You Russell. I really appreciate that.

I just got home from a meeting.

We started this project 7 years ago. Itís a project that records our farmís metrics. It grades us on things like carbon footprint, land use, environmental quality, water quality and stuff like that.

Itís been pretty interesting and our metrics are actually very good. Iím really not all that into the carbon footprint as much as I am the rest of the stuff, but the things we do to improve those metrics also improve our carbon footprint.

Itís a bit sad though. Weíve been doing these things for several years now. We did them at our expense. We had to learn all the lessons the hard way. Figure out what works for our farm and what doesnít.

Now thereís new programs trying to encourage the methods we use. One would think we should have those same incentives, but we donít qualify because we are already doing them.

Iím glad they are trying to get more operations to try these methods. I believe they are good for the soil, wildlife and environment. However itís not fair providing my competition with a financial incentive for trying something I have been doing for years and not giving me the same incentive.

Thatís the problem with so many programs. They really donít have to make a whole lot of sense.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on March 10, 2022, 09:42:51 am
Planter is looking good!

We've lost frost in the ground here so I'm guessing tilling will start soon, not much put in the ground around here until about mid-April to avoid freezing temps.  Beets earlier? What is germination typical germination period?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 10, 2022, 11:11:54 am
Planter is looking good!

We've lost frost in the ground here so I'm guessing tilling will start soon, not much put in the ground around here until about mid-April to avoid freezing temps.  Beets earlier? What is germination typical germination period?


Yes beets are sometimes even planted early March around here.

We have to get most of the frost out of the ground, but we plant around some snow piles once in awhile along edges and by woods.

We need to get the ground dry enough though. Sometimes that happens early spring. Often we get a window before the rainy weather.

We have a lot of underground drainage tile.

Sugar beets are pretty cold hardy. They can take temps down to about 20 in the right growing stages. If they are just poking through the surface it can be hard on them.

They are actually easier to get a good stand planting early ahead of the spring rains than later when itís getting drier and after our spring rains. We canít plant them very deep, so it can be hard to keep them in the moisture to germinate.

We like to have them planted by my birthday April 16.

Bjrogg

I donít think we will get any in March this year. Still pretty cold here and a lot of frost in the ground. Hopefully by my birthday
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 11, 2022, 10:55:50 am
My son is gone to State FFA Convention and Iím feeding his cattle.

They are happy to see me.

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 11, 2022, 11:13:35 am
Itís supposed to be turning warmer next week. We lost almost all of our snow yesterday and it froze good overnight. We decided to try and get as many acres of clover cover crop seed spread as we can today.

We have a gator and we can put our GPS on it. We also have a small spreader. Takes a lot of passes across the field but we can drive about 18 mph. With the gps we have a coverage map and acre counter. Also lines we drive by.

We are going to hit it pretty hard. Got up early and a few inches of fresh snow with more falling. We decided to keep going.

We do it like NASCAR one guy just drives. And another has bag open and dumps seed in.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 11, 2022, 02:20:28 pm
We did pretty good. Got 130 acres spread before the snow got warmer and started melting. That makes it drip water off the sides of spreader and it plugs the holes the seed comes out the bottom.

We had to quit and vacuum the seed back out of the spreader to clean the wet stuff on the bottom.

Sounds like itís going to be to windy tomorrow. At least we got a start. About 25% done.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on March 12, 2022, 07:57:46 am
18 mph! that's getting at it!

Frost was all out of the ground here and yesterday it was 55 degrees, This morning we got about 5 inches of snow and its still coming down.
Mike   
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 12, 2022, 09:27:31 pm
It is Mike. When we first started doing this we drove about 8 mph. We had trouble with the holes the seed flows through plunging a lot. We realized if we opened up the holes more they wouldnít plug up as easily and we drove faster to put the right amount on. We do a pretty good job spreading it now. We put about 8 lbs a acre. Like everything else itís getting more expensive. Seed price has doubled.


We got together and ground, mixed, stuffed and smoked 370lbs of pork sausage. Tradition.

This stuff is yummy

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 12, 2022, 09:30:21 pm
Everybody gets some
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 14, 2022, 04:29:33 pm
Got the pork sausage vacuum packed and put away yesterday.

Got up early this morning and spread clover. It went really good.

I had almost 60 acres before the sun peaked out.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 14, 2022, 04:35:30 pm
Hard to tell where the sky begins and the water ends. This is why we call it the sunrise side.

The sun didnít stay out for long though. Which was good for my job. I went from 3:00am to 3:00 pm. Itís getting to sloppy now. I did finish 3 farms and about 205 acres.

I hope I can get the rest soon, but it sounds like it could take awhile. Nothing below freezing in the forecast this week

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 14, 2022, 04:38:02 pm
The Canadian Geese love grazing on my winter white wheat. There will literally be thousands of them here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on March 15, 2022, 08:48:12 am
Looks like you are having a busy winter. ;)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on March 15, 2022, 09:49:52 am
The Canadian Geese love grazing on my winter white wheat. There will literally be thousands of them here.

Bjrogg

Free fertilizer!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 15, 2022, 11:56:59 am
Yes Pappy. Usually things slow down a little during the winter, but we still always have a long list of jobs that need doing. It is a never ending list that is very adaptive. Whatís a priority in the morning when I get up could be pushed to the side for something more urgent that suddenly pops up.

Itís looking like my busy schedule is going to get even busier. My brother had his colonoscopies and he didnít pass. Very early in the information process but it sounds like itís treatable. Heís going to need more test. And treatments. Heís my right hand. Itís really going to be hard for both of us. I pray he does well.

Yes Buckskinner. They sure do make a lot of it. I almost stopped and took a picture of it.  My youngest son works at a park and they are swarmed by them. They get lots of complaints from the campers about the ďfertilizerĒ.  In the past they could chase them away with the gator, but they canít anymore. They have to get a harassment permit to do that now.

Today Iím back in the shop. Had some logistical office work to do and I think Iím going to get back at the fertilizer on the planter. The parts I needed to finish the fertilizer system up came now. Gotta stay at something on the list.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 17, 2022, 08:25:21 am
Waiting for a truck. Sun just coming up and full moon going down . Didnít get a picture of the moon before it disappeared into the clouds.

Oh thereís my truck

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 17, 2022, 08:31:32 am
Truck
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on March 17, 2022, 08:49:37 am
Hope all goes well with him.
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on March 17, 2022, 09:03:53 am
Great looking sunrise Bj. Will be keeping your brother in my prayers.

Cant cover ground like you can. Got about 6 acres done and a little less to go cutting out the big stuff. Working at it at as often as I can, as well as some others who are doing the fine work. Had to head up with the brush hog and grind up the mess I made to make it easier for them to get through. Prunners are powered by compressed air so the hoses get caught up in everything.
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Had a special project going the last few years and figured I had better cash out now before it interferes with production. A few apple staves I have been watching for the last few years. Sealed the ends but don't have the time to do much to them now. Picture makes them look a little nicer than they are but they are not bad, hope to get a bow or 2 out of them.  Hope in 2 weeks things will be a little slower and i'll be able to get back to my shop.
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Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 17, 2022, 09:19:20 am
Thanks Pappy and Mike. He is like my right hand. We work really good together.

Everyone worries about the test. Heck the test is nothing. The prep is uncomfortable but You can take it. Iím hoping that the test just saved my brothers life, but itís to early to say that.

Hopefully we can work through a whole lot more of these sunrises

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your orchard Mike. I have about 3 1/2 acres of lawn. I have often thought about putting a orchard there. I probably have enough work already though.

Please anyone farming or anything related feel free to contribute to this thread. Gotta be some more out there

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 21, 2022, 09:00:35 am
Had a very nice weekend even if I had a cold. I didnít get a lot of work done. I had a few more trucks to unload and I tried not to get to close to my brother and nephew so I didnít give them my cold. I went home early Saturday and I slept good. Went to bed at 8:00pm and didnít get up till almost 8:00 am Sunday. I was feeling a quite a bit better. My sister and brother in law were supposed to come visit at 1:00 pm. I warned them I had a cold. They said they were just getting over one so they still wanted to visit.

It was really nice seeing them again. Their son has been living in Albania going on two years now. They just got back from visiting him and it was really interesting hearing the stories of their adventures. I think they both feel more comfortable with their son being so far away living in a foreign land. They meet a lot of very nice and interesting people. Even another young couple who came from our state.

I made a arrow and stand I gave as a a Christmas Present. We put all the presents on a table. Draw names and you can open a present. Then you can either keep or trade it. My arrow was very popular and my brother in law really wanted it. He never got a chance to get it though.

I made another arrow. I text my brother in law pictures of the entire process. From straightening a river cane shaft and hafting a obsidian point. To painting my Bjrogg markings and wrapping my two fletch wild turkey tail feathers on with sinew. Then I made a display stand from driftwood.

All the while I was making this arrow I was planning on giving it to him. He wanted me to give him details about the arrow I made for Christmas. His brother works with Steve From ďMeat EaterĒ and he shared pictures of my Christmas Arrow with him. I donít always name my arrows, but recently I have named a few. This one I decided to name ďMeat EaterĒ .

Dave was thrilled with the arrow I gave him. My sister was to. She asked him what he was going to do with it. I told him he could do whatever he wanted to with it. He could keep it, sell it , or give it away. It was his to do whatever he wanted.

He said he wasnít going to sell it for sure. He said he was going to put it on his fireplace mantel until his brother came to visit. Then he was going to give it to him to take to Steve. Thatís pretty awesome feeling for both of us. I hope Steve likes it. I really enjoy watching his show.

After they left I went to our beach. Most of the ice is melted. The lake is a little lower again this year. Thatís a good thing. Two years ago it was so high people were losing their houses. Now it back to where it was about six years ago. Except it washed away all the brush and phragmites and left a sandy beach. Itís just amazing how much this beach is constantly changing.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 21, 2022, 09:13:25 am
This part of the lake is very shallow and was all phragmites when we first got it. The high water washed them away. Iím pretty sure they will be coming back now
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on March 22, 2022, 03:57:29 am
Wow - didn't realize the water was down that much. F=Really enjoying Your posts - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 22, 2022, 11:29:45 am
So glad you are enjoying the thread Bob. Sometimes I think itís probably not real smart to be sharing as much here as I am. I tend to trust people more than I should sometimes, but I do appreciate the chance to show a part of modern agriculture that is often misunderstood. I also feel blessed to be able to care for this land and enjoy sharing that blessing with others.

The lake shoreline is always changing. The change is fascinating. I should look back through my pictures from several years ago and see if I can show that change.

Yesterday was just one of those days.  I still was feeling a bit sluggish from my cold and had a headache. As soon as I got to work I was greeted with the job of pulling the pump out of the well and changing it. Honestly it went pretty good. It was warm and sunny and everything came apart good without damaging anything. We already had a pump and we got it installed by noon.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 22, 2022, 11:37:56 am
Then we had another fun job. The State requires us to cover our Biosolids with plastic if we have to store for longer than 21 days. I donít think we are going to be able to spread these by then. Frost is coming out of ground and it way to soft in the field to drive on with tractor and spreader. Iím hoping not to store it for much longer than that but Iím think probably more like 30 days. This site and covered like this we are permitted 90 days. Iím sure it will be spread way before then.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 22, 2022, 11:40:47 am
I put in a little overtime and finished up a arrow and stand. Itís hill cane with obsidian point. Two fletch. Itís a pretty arrow and I am hoping to get it in the mail to someone special soon.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on March 22, 2022, 01:37:18 pm
Great pictures, BJ.  Hope all is well with your brother (and that reminds me, I'm about due for one of those fun tests, too).  It always kind of makes me laugh when people aren't allowed to "harass" the geese.  It's never good when we forget that we're the ones in charge...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 30, 2022, 08:07:52 am
Sorry itís been so long since I updated. Been busy.

Thanks WB. I hope your test goes well.

We found out we have a water line leaking under ground, under our shop. Thats never a good thing to find out. We have a plan but for now we just turned water off to shop.

Between water problems and wet basements it seemed hard to get anything else done. But we did get parts for combines. We put new feeder house chain on my sons and wear strips on both. New clean grain elevator sprockets, bearings and chain on my sons. New straw chopper floor on ours.

Still a bunch more to do on both, but the temp dropped down to high of 25 low of 14 for a couple nights.

I went on swing shift and started spreading Biosolids again. The first night I started at 3:00am and conditions were perfect. The ground was frozen enough that I didnít leave a track. I had a 11 mile round trip with my tractor to get from the pile to the field. Then another two miles in the field spreading. I was going to have to drive pretty hard to spread this stuff before it thawed again.

I first morning I watched one of the planets rise. Iím not good with them but I think Jupiter. Then about 35 minutes later Just a sliver of the moon rose. Next the sun but the first morning it never came out shining bright. It got cloudy and kept the sun partly hidden most of the morning. By 2:00 pm even though temp was still 24 the sun was melting the top layer of ground and I started leaving tracks.

I went home ate, cleaned up and went back to bed till 11:00 pm. Then I got up and went back at it. The second morning I got to watch Jupiter, a sliver of the moon and a beautiful sunrise all within about a hour of each other. Kinda makes the swing shift worth it. I was glad I started as early as I did. By 10:30 I was starting to leave tracks but I had the field done.

The rest of the pile was supposed to go on a worked field and although I donít like making tracks, I kept going till I finished the pile. Was good feeling to have that job taken care of. I put over 300 miles on my tractor in two days. Or nights. Plus loaded 33 spreader loads. I slept good last night.

Another of my old timer friends passed. His funeral is this morning. Dang really getting to dislike this. Lost three really good friends in four months. Going to miss them all.

Iím getting ready for winter to be over . I could see lot of tile runs showing up yesterday afternoon. The ground dries over the tile runs first leaving ďwhiteĒ dry ground over the tile. Darker wet ground in between.  Usually if the weather cooperates another two weeks and the fields are ready. Itís freezing rain now though.

Hope you are all well

Bjrogg

Wish the picture was better. Jupiter risen with sliver of the moon right behind and sun just starting to brighten up the clouds
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on March 30, 2022, 08:46:00 am
Beautiful picture BJ. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 30, 2022, 03:17:50 pm
Beautiful picture BJ. :)
 Pappy


Thanks Pappy, but the picture doesnít do it justice. Somethings are just a lot better in person.

I really do enjoy a beautiful sunrise and a hot cup of coffee.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on March 30, 2022, 09:04:16 pm
Ah the anticipation for spring is something on the farm...  Gonna get real busy for you soon!  Kinda miss those days although I really don't miss relying on the weather.   Last years near drought around here was hard on the remaining farmers around here.  Luckily there were some timely tenths that fell and salvaged the crop.   

Prayers for your brother and your loss of friends.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on March 31, 2022, 09:17:48 am
Nice pic of the night sky BJ. Always liked astronomy and know very little but still is fun to watch the planets move around. Cant wait for the james webb to start sending pictures back to nasa.

Rain here for now but should be clearing up soon. Need to work on some limb loppers in the shop anyway. I see the light at the end of the pruning job but its still a ways out there. They ought to be sticking the 1st corn in the ground soon. I use to be part of that but haven't in a few years now. The idea is to be picking for the 4th of July. Sweet corn brings the people to the market.
Mike     
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 31, 2022, 01:15:31 pm
Ah the anticipation for spring is something on the farm...  Gonna get real busy for you soon!  Kinda miss those days although I really don't miss relying on the weather.   Last years near drought around here was hard on the remaining farmers around here.  Luckily there were some timely tenths that fell and salvaged the crop.   

Prayers for your brother and your loss of friends.


It really is indescribable Scott.

Usually by the end of harvest you are pretty well done in. Then you spend the whole winter getting ready for next year. Thereís always more to do than you can get done.

The final push comes and priorities change. Fertilizer tanker. Small engines and pumps, field cultivator, seed and a whole bunch more that have to be ready.

You test everything as best you can and undoubtedly the first 5 acres are spent fine tuning everything. And nothing works the way itís supposed to. After about 10 acres we usually have everything clicking.

And then thereís the weather. Doubt ours is much more forgiving than yours. We try to stack things in our favor with underground drainage, but that only goes so far.

We want to be ready to really get stuff done when the conditions are right.

Thanks so much everyone for the prayers. I believe in them. They are much appreciated.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on March 31, 2022, 01:36:22 pm
Nice pic of the night sky BJ. Always liked astronomy and know very little but still is fun to watch the planets move around. Cant wait for the james webb to start sending pictures back to nasa.

Rain here for now but should be clearing up soon. Need to work on some limb loppers in the shop anyway. I see the light at the end of the pruning job but its still a ways out there. They ought to be sticking the 1st corn in the ground soon. I use to be part of that but haven't in a few years now. The idea is to be picking for the 4th of July. Sweet corn brings the people to the market.
Mike     

The night sky is something I wish I knew more about. It is fascinating. When you get away from the light pollution it is amazing how many stars you can see. One can certainly see how entertaining and important the night sky was to people of the past.

I grew up in the space age. I remember landing on the moon and how amazing that was. How many advancements in technology since then. I really look forward to us going back. Unmanned flight has taken us so many places. I know taking a human along complicates things exponentially. Cost, payload, fuel, oxygen, life support etc.  It really does make it more romantic. Especially if we actually do stuff there.

Look forward to seeing your orchard blossoming. And following itís seasons.

We plant a pretty good sized patch of sweet corn. The kids use to sell it, but now we usually just give it away to friends and family. We freeze a lot. I canít eat the stuff from store in a can. They totally ruin it.

Thanks again for the prayers

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on April 02, 2022, 08:33:40 am
Yeah, that canned stuff I never found very good. We put up a bunch of corn each year. Well worth it. We grow about 65 acres now, about half of what we did 20 years ago, but its almost all sold in the farm market store and not sent to town for wholesale anymore.

Going to be a few weeks for the apples to come into bloom. After about a month of sawing out the large branches with a pole saw I only have a few more trees to go until Ill call it good and wanted to finish up yesterday. Had it all planned out to be done early, nice easy day. However, the ground was just dry enough to plant corn and the guys I work with really wanted to have the weekend off. So on my way to the orchard I stopped by to see how well they were getting along and with the wind they were having a tough time of things, so I helped them out for a bit. While I was there I got a call that some roof vents in some greenhouses were not closing in our retail area so had to run down to the market override the computer controlled system down there before the roof got damaged and bounced back and forth the rest of the day. What was to be a short day turned out to be a long one, but 1st acre of corn is in for the year and I'll be in my shop today heat treating a a piece of locust for a special build for my younger boy.
Mike
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Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 02, 2022, 01:01:38 pm
Thanks for sharing Mike.

Wow. 65 acres is a lot of sweet corn.  I probably have 1/65th of a acres and I get tired of picking it before its done.

Looks like you use plastic for weed control?

How wide of spacing between your rows? Do you leave it wide for picking? Do you pick by hand? Guessing you plant several planting dates to spread out harvest?

Really enjoy talking farming or agriculture anything with growing plants or animals.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on April 02, 2022, 01:19:20 pm
Went to the son-in-law's farm last weekend for my grandson's 3rd birthday. They are ready to go, just waiting on the weather to warm up a bit. A little drier than they'd like but welcome to the Canadian prairies in the spring.
Thanks Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on April 03, 2022, 09:22:38 am
I bet thats some pretty country up there Stoker. I've been lucky enough to get invited to South Dakota a few times to pheasant hunt, vast country up there, I suppose its somewhat similar further north.

Its photo degradable "mulch" and used to heat the ground, Like a greenhouse. On a sunny day it can bring soil temp up 30 degrees or so. Otherwise the ground would be too cold here for another month. Not sure this picture will show it well but it was 37 degrees and cloudy that day but condensation was building under the plastic because of the temperature difference.
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Its a labor intensive process, There are 2 rows of corn under each row of mulch. We use plates in the seed boxes instead of a vacume system, so they will drop 3-4 seeds at a time then be thinned to 2 stalks per hole later. Definite higher yield than "bare" ground corn at 36" row spacing but  a lot of work and more risk. But for the next month this is how its planted. Mulch is spaced 6 foot on center if the guy in the seat can keep it that tight. Nothing flat or straight here lol.
Planting will continue until mid/end June with anything from 68 to 85 day seed depending on the conditions. The goal is to keep the market supplied from july 4th till labor day with no holes in the supply or without too much coming in at the same time. Sweet corn is what brings the customers in the door for us all summer.
Years ago they bought a Pix-all picker but that only lasted a few years and didn't have a big enough head for plantings like this. So its all picked by hand. That was my job 7 days a week for years. I don't do that type of work anymore for the most part. But if that's what needs done its what you do. I spend more of my time in the orchards than I do planting anything these days.
Mike
                     
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 03, 2022, 11:45:38 am
Thanks for sharing Mike.

Really enjoy learning about others operations. Iím sure you keep yourself and your helpers busy.

I noticed it didnít look like a lot of flat land there.

I hope you are blessed with a bountiful harvest with good weather.

Please keep sharing.

Stoker hope your grandson had a great birthday. And hope your son in law has a safe and prosperous year. How far north are they? What crops do they grow? Are they to far north for corn? Do they grow small grains and canola?

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on April 04, 2022, 10:14:48 am
Bjrogg they are about 120 miles north of the US border and in line with the east side of Montana.
They mostly grow Duram wheat and lentils. All dryland.
Thanks leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 04, 2022, 01:22:32 pm
I wish them the best Leroy. If Iím not mistaken they were pretty dry last year.

We are nothing like last year. Still cold and snowing here. Had about  3Ē yesterday morning but itís mostly melted again. Last spring was warm and dry at this time. There were a lot of sugar beets planted by now. Nothing yet this year. Still okay yet though.

I wanted a plan B for the fertilizer knife setup. I think they will work ok with new colters but with partially worn ones Iím afraid they might be to deep and not close enough to the colter. Iím afraid that rocks and residue might make problems.

I decided to drill another set of holes to use with worn colters. It would have been easier to drill in drill press before they were welded on. Oh well Iíll get them. 10 rows done 8 more to go.

Have to drill through 3/4Ē thick steel . 18 holes 1/2Ē in diameter. That drilling through 13.5Ē of steel. Working in very uncomfortable position.

I like the fit though. And it could save me a lot of time during planting season.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 04, 2022, 01:39:17 pm
We also got the water routed into the shop again. Sure will be nice to have water again.

We are all kinda independent thinkers around here. We spent part of a day arguing the best way to do it. When we were all done arguing we used a combination of best ways to do it and came up with a plan.

It went really good other than still some pretty deep frost on the north side of shop in the shade. Dig hard in places.

Our plan was to find water line underground on north side of shop. We didnít want to cut cement in new part of shop floor because it has in floor heat. We wanted to come up into old shop floor.

I got thinking. When we built the original shop we put in a solar wall my dad designed. The south wall of shop had a solar wall. Just a double wall painted black inside with glass panels over it. When the temperature would get to 70 it would turn on a fan and blow the air through drainage tile surrounded by field stone under the floor. When we put on the addition we eliminated the solar wall. But the tile was still there.

All we had to do was dig under the shop enough to find a tile. Then we ran line right into shop without even have to cut a hole in the cement. Worked like a charm. Love it when a plan comes together

Bjrogg


Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 15, 2022, 12:14:08 pm
Well we have been busy getting everything ready.

I tested every system on the planter now. Hopefully it all works when I actually take it to the field. I donít think we will get any beets planted by my birthday. The 16th. Itís drying pretty good now though. Getting really close. If itís still dry Monday I think we should be able to go. They are talking snow Monday though. Wouldnít be the first time I planted in snow flurries. We always say to have really good beets they need to get snowed on after you plant them and again before you harvest them. Usually the winning combination for good sugar % and good tons.

We have all of ours and my sons clover cover crops seeded into our winter wheat crop. About 565 acres. Thinking it should be having some decent weather to germinate. Hopefully we get a good ďcatchĒ as the seed has more than doubled in price.

We have fertilizer truck ready. Tractor and field cultivator ready. Our micro nutrients ready for mixing.

We got a bunch more stuff fixed on the two combines but they still need more.

We continue to try to get as many of our inputs on farm as we can. Seems like thatís been par for the course the past few years with Covid and the supply chain issues from shutdowns. This year has actually been the worst of the three springs . I think we should be able to make what we have work. Wasnít really plan A, but at least we physically have stuff for plan B.

Itís Good Friday and lots going on this weekend, Iíll try to keep updates. Happy Easter everyone

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 17, 2022, 10:18:19 am
Didnít get any beets planted by my birthday, but did have a good one.

Our Harbor Beach Community Theatre has been struggling for years and the shutdowns didnít help at all.

They are doing some out of the box thinking. They have been doing band concerts this year and this one was on my birthday. It was a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band. They put on a good show and the theater was a really cool place for a concert.

Wife and I went with several friends. Had a good time.

Bjrogg

PS Happy Easter
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on April 17, 2022, 06:22:15 pm
Very cool BJ, always like CCR. not to cold here now but man it has been wet, hard to do anything. ???
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on April 18, 2022, 03:22:05 am
Thanks for posting BJ. I've been to that Theater many Years ago. Spent alot of time Fishing out of Harbour Beech, chasing Salmon and Perch during the Hay Days. My Favorite place to Fish in the State. Great Campground just North of Town too. Might be up that way in a couple of weeks, to Troll for Steelhead South of Town, where the Creek comes into the Lake by the Cemetary. Thanks for jogging My Memory Banks  (lol) ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 18, 2022, 09:23:56 am
Thanks Pappy. Might be showing my age a little but I do like a lot of music from the 60,s thru the late 70ís. Just really a period that produced a lot of music.

They probably still are but I guess Iím a little out of the loop anymore.

Was really fun and I wasnít the only one with a touch of gray. Was more people there than my class reunion. Hope it works out for them.

Bob I know exactly where you are talking about. Iím not sure if the old Dickinsonís marina is still open. I havenít been there in ages. The power plant is closed and they tore it down.

North park is the campgrounds on north edge of town. All the ash trees died but itís still a popular campgrounds. My son works at Wagners Park. Itís a county park about 6 miles south of town right on the lakeshore. I prefer it over north park for camping. Pretty decent park.

The creek by cemetery is Rock Fall. Fishing off it has been a popular spot for ages. Also smelt and suckers up it creek.

Iím going to pm you my number. If youíre up this way give me a shout. Or anytime you want to chat text me.

We were going to start planting today, but itís supposed to snow 3 to 5Ē this afternoon.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 18, 2022, 12:05:04 pm
Wasnít really quite dry enough to plant and snow predicted for this afternoon.

Decided to get a few fields soil samples instead. This is rye cover crop seeded after early dig Sugarbeets last September. The wildlife really like this.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 19, 2022, 08:20:01 am
Looking out my window in afternoon
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 19, 2022, 10:22:47 am
We had that yesterday morning, including the deer.  Very cool spring this year and next week is more of the same although we are supposed to hit 74 on Saturday for a taste of warmth and then back to upper 40's.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 20, 2022, 04:39:53 pm
Well our snow is almost all gone again.

Got the lawn roller out. Today. Grass is going to need mowing pretty soon. Got mower all in tip top shape. Hopefully it doesnít make any trouble.

With the snow day I probably should have got more jobs done but I needed a little therapy.

I did some more tillering on the bow I started working on last spring. Arvin sent me this really nice stave.

I have her to 50 & 26Ē right now on the tree.

Shoots really nice.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on April 21, 2022, 03:21:49 am
Nice - the Tiller looks Spot on ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 21, 2022, 08:15:02 am
That'll hunt!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on April 21, 2022, 03:15:00 pm
Nice looking bow!

My girls are going crazy ordering garden seeds.  Looks like "we" are going to have to build a couple more garden beds this spring.   ;D
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Parnell on April 22, 2022, 01:09:10 pm
Nice looking bend and curves on that bow.  So the rye cover crop, is that intended to just hold soil during the early spring until you plant? 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 22, 2022, 01:26:13 pm
Green manure.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 23, 2022, 08:34:33 am
Thank You Bob and Buckskinner. It is from a very nice stave I almost ruined trying to get two bows out of. This is actually from the belly split. I ruined the top which should have been a even better bow. This stave has thick late wood rings and very thin early wood. It didnít split anything like I was use to . Iím sure glad I didnít ruin both. Learned something there.

Itís been a week I did a lot of running around and sitting in hospital. My wife wasnít herself. Wednesday she was very dizzy and complaining that her whole right side was tingly.

I took her to hospital and they did several test. Her results were good but she showed no improvements. They transferred her to a larger hospital to get a MRI. It took two days to get the MRI.

The first day she still showed no improvements and the tests they did run showed good results. I stayed till visiting hours were over then drove home.

The second day she seemed a lot better but still a little dizzy. She was able to go to bathroom without me helping her though and was more her cheerful self. At 3:00 they took her for her MRI. I never saw a doctor the whole time I was there but the RN said her MRI results were good and she was released. We drove back home . She is still a little dizzy. Never really got a answer so not sure were done yet.

Also my daughters little dog Zoey is really sick. We are going to have to get her to a vet somewhere today. We are very  worried about her.

Itís been raining a little every day so we still didnít get in the fields. Itís not early anymore. Really hoping things start going a little smoother and just get back to the normal hectic pace.

Steve the rye cover has several advantages it provides. Like you stated. It helps hold the soil in place and prevent wind and water erosion.

It also scavenges nutrients and holds them till it is terminated and decomposes. This works really well with spreading Biosolids.

Like Buckskinner said itís what we call ďgreen manureĒ and the real crop we grow well really like it.

It also really helps with the microbiology of the soil.

It also helps with the tilth of the soil. Allowing water to flow though the soil and helps prevent ďpondingĒ and water laying on top of the soil.


It also has its challenges. Itís like having another crop to manage.

It can use to much moisture on a dry year and not have enough left to plant your real crop.

It is great for environment and that includes a lot of grubs and insects that are not Beneficial.

It also can get to big and itís residue can keep the ground from drying enough to get your real crop planted

Gotta go lots of people asking how my wife is doing.

Get back when I can

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 23, 2022, 11:17:24 am
Prayers for your wife, hope everything works out.  The hospitals around here are the same way since they fired all the employees who didn't want the shot.

Last month my brother had to put his last blue tick down because of blastomycosis.  Started in the eye as was misdiagnosed then went to the lungs and it was too far along to have much of a chance of recovery.  Hopefully that is not the case for your daughter's dog!  My lab had an eye issue about 2 weeks ago so got a bit worried, they have him on antibiotics and medicated eye drops and are not sure what it is his lungs are fine, but the eye thing is lingering.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 23, 2022, 12:19:07 pm
Thanks Buckskinner.

Yes thatís the way they are here to. My son in law worked in medical position all through the Covid stuff. Then he was forced to get the shot. He had his concerns about it. He didnít want to take it but they would have had to let him go if he didnít. He took it.

My wife and I took two shoots and we both got the virus twice after. One of my brothers didnít get shot. We all got the virus and fortunately none of us had serious problems. Really my brother and I had very mild symptoms.

Iím not against the vaccine and I donít want to turn this into a political issue. I really donít like that first responders who worked through the whole thing got fired because they didnít want the shot.

WB I really hope to see pictures of those seeds being planted and watching them grow.
So glad your family is excited about the coming growing season. Itís the same excitement that keeps me doing this every year. Hope you have a bountiful harvest.

Bjrogg

PS We got a Emergency appointment for Zoey at 3:00 this afternoon. I sure hope she gets better. My daughter canít have children and Zoey is really special to our whole family. I never dreamed about spending so much money on a dog when we were growing up, but we are going to now. I donít know where itís going to come from, but we really need her to get better
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on April 24, 2022, 03:53:22 am
Prayers sent BJ ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on April 25, 2022, 10:13:58 pm
Great looking bow there BJ. Sure hope you get some good news real soon on all thats going down.

Finished up with the saw work in the orchard about 2 weeks ago, while the fellas cutting the fine stuff out finished up last week. Been busy here last week or so. took a pic of some red delicious on Friday.
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Today they are about in full bloom
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Had to work out the details on timing last week to get hives moved in, The bee keeper brought in 12 last night for the orchard and another 10 or so this morning for some berry crops. Seem to be some good active hives.         
Spent most of the morning riding around checking on things. Best bloom I have seen in several years, so far. they are talking low 30's several nights this week, with any luck there will be some cloud cover and keep things just warm enough that no damage occurs. Would not be a normal year if you didnt have one threat of frost during bloom. lol

Here's some pictures of some 4 year old Gala, high density planting. Wires keep the trees from getting pulled over from the fruit load. Top wire is about 7 ft off the ground. Still about 2 years from a full crop on these trees but they have nice size this year and should be able to fill some bins this fall.
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Took that last picture because you can see all the pollen that bee has on its back legs. If I recall it was a wild mason bee, not a honey bee. Kinda hard to tell in pic. Going to be a busy few weeks coming up then things should slow down a bit, for me anyway. :D
Mike       
             
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 26, 2022, 07:55:06 am
Thanks for the prayers and the pictures Mike. Iíve been thinking about you and your sweet corn.

Our weather has still been cold although we had a warm spell last weekend. Itís supposed to snow again the next couple of days. Lows in the mid 20ís for the next three nights. Weíre supposed to have sunshine till the weekend and then several days of rain again next week.

There are a few fields planted to Sugar beets now, but not very many. It got dry enough we probably had two days we could have planted. It snowed the day after both of them

No blossoms here yet. At lest I donít think any. I have still been running to doctors and veterinary every day. Really havenít seen my apple trees lately.

Susie isnít 100% yet, but sheís probably 92%. She still has been having dizzy spells and very low energy which is unusual for her. Yesterday she seemed to get her balance back. She had eye doctor appointment with specialist in City. I didnít want her driving so I took her. She had trouble with her eyes from sugar diabetes and the specialist had to fix them up . Itís been a year long process and she got a very good report on her progress.

Zoey still hasnít eaten anything in 6 days. Took her back to veterinary again yesterday afternoon. They took X-rays and good news no foreign objects in her system. She still has been vomiting and diarrhea. She has been drinking some water.

The vet wanted to keep her over night. Give her some different medicine for her stomach and take
x-rays again this morning. She is a sick doggie right now.

That isnít helping my wife and my wife being sick isnít helping Zoey either. That little dog, sick as she was sat and waited for my wife to come home from hospital. She knows when something is up. When Susie got home her little tail was really wagging. Even though she was still really sick. Iím hoping they both have a good day today.

I really donít know what has been happening on our farm. My phone has been making trouble and doesnít work when I go to City. This 5g tower stuff makes it almost useless when I leave our area.

I know my nephew was trying to get the new sprayer to work and having trouble. No surprise there. All this stuff is so complex. It takes awhile to get everything calibrated and figured out. He text me last night that he thinks he has it ready now. Now we need some good weather. Which seems to be in short supply. Maybe we can get good enough weather. Itís definitely not early anymore and to late to screw up. If we can get dirt dry enough to plant beets we will be going at the beets. Still way to cold for the corn, but we want to get the beets in the ground.

Thanks so much everyone who has said a prayer. It means so much to us.

Bob I was thinking of you everyday last week when I drove to Port Huron hospital. The boats were out on the big lake fishing from Port Sanilac all the way south. Maybe you were in one of them? Thanks for the prayers

Bjrogg

PS going to work now. Hopefully I can get this back to a farming thread again.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on April 26, 2022, 08:37:59 am
Bjrogg,
Prayers sent for your wife.
brian
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 26, 2022, 03:22:42 pm
Thanks Brian much appreciated.

Well I was hoping we wouldnít get any more precipitation but weíre getting rain switching to snow.
Itís yuck.

My nephew is moving into my dads house. There was a table there my grandpa built with six chairs he built. My dad sat around this table with his siblings growing up. My now past uncle built another one copying off grandpaís original. I now have both of them together in my man cave.

Itís kinda cool having these tables and chairs. They have a lot of family history and they look pretty nice here. They both have extensions if I really have a crowd.

Almost looks like they belong here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 26, 2022, 03:26:36 pm
Looks like a Blackhawk flying back and forth along the shoreline. Hope their just training. Been a lot of boats out lately and I hope they arenít looking for someone.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 26, 2022, 05:32:35 pm
One more of the tables and chairs
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on April 27, 2022, 04:57:55 am
Haven't been fishing. Saturday, Matt & I took His son Dan to the Sucker Tournament for Kids in Chessaning. Had a Blast watching the Kids. Tired of this Weather ! Those tables are way Cool, like the Man Cave too. I need to get out and Fling some Arrows  (SH) ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 27, 2022, 07:29:07 am
Bob that sounds like a blast. When I was a kid spear season opener was the day before my birthday. I always spent it at my grandmas and my uncle who was only 2 years older than me and I always went sucker fishing. We would catch a bunch and grandma would can them. Man that was primitive, raw excitement for a little kid.

Heard advertisement on the radio that Ubly Drag strip is opening again this year. They made some improvements and are hosting a couple events.

We got about four or five inches of snow last night. Temp is 27. Itís not looking like we will be able to plant before it starts raining again next week. Getting tired of this weather to. Maybe I should go sucker fishing.

My wife is still at probably 92%. Praying she gets back to 100

Vet wanted to keep Zoey another night. Still wasnít eating anything. My daughter is going crazy. Iím sure Zoey is really missing us all to. Sure hope that little dog gets better to.

I guess we will see what the day brings

Bjrogg

PS Bob you have a invitation to sit at those tables if you get a chance
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 27, 2022, 11:31:27 am
Getting tired of this stuff.

Winterizing the sprayer again. Nephew thinks he has it ready to go now. Itís going to be a couple weeks at least till we can plant. If it wasnít for running to doctors and veterinary Iíd be really tempted to get out of here and head to the Classic.

Vet called this morning and they want to keep Zoey another day. Getting pretty worried about her.
Daughter is literally going crazy and I would bet Zoey is to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 27, 2022, 01:03:17 pm
You guys ever have motorcycles run under your sprayer on the road?  My neighbor did and said is scared the hell out of him, said the guy was going about 100 mph when it happened.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 27, 2022, 01:47:08 pm
You guys ever have motorcycles run under your sprayer on the road?  My neighbor did and said is scared the hell out of him, said the guy was going about 100 mph when it happened.

This is our first self propelled sprayer. Our others have been tractor and pull type. They canít fit under those.

Iím hoping they donít try, but Iíve had people I know say that they have had 4 wheelers drive under them . 

 Itís really not a good idea. Might be a thrill but you never know when they are going to turn and run you over.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 28, 2022, 04:24:19 pm
Well Susie is at least 96% now. Seems to be getting close to normal.

Zoey is still one sick doggie. She spent two days and nights at the vet and still isnít eating. We brought her home. She was so happy to see everyone her little tail was really wagging. Maybe now that everyone is home sheíll be less stressed and recover.

My son and I picked stones with the gator in the wheat field.

Took a picture where I picked up a rock.

Wheat is greening up nice, I can see the clover we seeded is up. Thatís why we like to put it on early. It comes up early enough to catch a little sun before the wheat shades it out.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 28, 2022, 08:07:42 pm
Canít seem to post pictures with my new phone
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on April 28, 2022, 11:28:03 pm
You got on heck of a man cave BJ! Those tables fit right in there.

That high-boy sprayer must get some ground covered in good time, but you got lots of ground to cover. I just have a pull behind with a single 30 foot boom for sweet corn. But this new one is all hydrolic so I dont have to get out of the cab any more to fold it up or make adjustments and thats so nice. Little things like that and AC in the cab make all the difference. Amazing how far ag tech has come over the years.

29.8 degrees F at dawn this morning. With apples in full bloom damage starts at 28 so dodged a bullet there but still spent some time checking for damage. Looks like the low tonight is 32 so if that holds true things will be ok and then its supposed to warm up.

Had time at the end of the day to run a bunch of arrows through a BL bow Im finishing up for my younger boy. A few more tomorrow and it should be time to pretty it up. Good thing, Im running out of time to get this one done.
Mike       
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 07:59:45 am
Thanks Mike. The man cave has been a 30 year work in progress. It literally was a falling down old three car garage when I bought the place. It was totally crammed full of junk to.

Itís a pretty comfortable place now. My wife calls it our basement. Our house doesnít have a lot of room for entertainment and the basement isnít much. Itís a old farm house that most people would have given up on but we have done a lot of work over the years and we like it. Probably could have built a new one easier.

This is our first high boy sprayer. Iím hoping we really like it. Our last sprayer was a 120í wide pull type and we really made good use of it. It was 18 years old and would have been retired long ago if we werenít good shop people. It folded out with hydraulics to and my cousin was amazed how it did. He took video of it and said it was like the transformer movie. I remember folding them by hand and they never worked really well after they got some wear and tear.

Really hope your apples are safe. And your sweet corn too. Itís not that unusual to get snow here end of April beginning of May. Usually we get some nice weather though to. Nice weather has bee hard to come by so far. Hopefully when it comes it stays.

Hope you and your son enjoy some good quality time flinging arrows.

Susie seems to be back to herself again. Zoey spent 3 days and nights at the vet. She still wasnít eating anything.

She was so happy to see everyone and that really gave her the perking up she needed. She lost so much weight and the vet wasnít very optimistic about her recovery but she was running out of options. She gave her a steroid and we took her home. She was to weak to climb stairs and very tired, but she was very happy to be home. Last night when I got home she did her normal barking routine. Itís our way of saying hello. I tell her grandpa is home and she barks her greeting to me. She came by me when I was eat and I got her to eat a little bit of chicken and a liver treat. After I finish supper she hoped up in my lap and enjoyed a good petting. She fell asleep on my lap with a big smile  on her face. She kept everything she ate down and is still sleeping. Iím cautiously optimistic. I told my daughter not to give up yet, but not to get her hopes up to much either.

I slept good to. Itís so nice to have everyone home again.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 10:40:22 am
I needed a distraction this morning and I went back to the woods to find it.

I traded someone for this long horn skull two winters ago. It was almost fresh with all the meat and hide still attached. It had been sitting at its former owners woods for a couple months so I didnít feel like cleaning it up. I just put it back by my woods.

I was going to leave it till summer but with our weather delays and all the crazy stuff going on I needed a distraction like this. Going to try to finish cleaning it up.

Hope I can post pictures

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 10:45:40 am
Longhorn
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 11:58:38 am
Washing up a little.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 29, 2022, 12:17:43 pm
Glad to hear your wife is back to normal and pup is headed in the right direction!

That's a nice longhorn skull! My Dad had a set of horns in his office that he bought at the Fort Worth Stockyards in the 60's, had nearly a 7' span, my brother has them now.

I remember my Dad got a deal on about 6 longhorns when we were kids, we had about 200 feeder cattle and he was always looking for a deal on cattle. Well soon found out why they were cheap, damn near impossible to finish a longhorn, skinny buggers that did not put on weight...  We ended up selling them to Laotian's that would come out to the farm and butcher on the spot, had rituals and such prior to the slaughter.  They took everything but what was in the stomach and intestines.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 12:28:38 pm
Yeah I donít think the ones at the neighbors are any fleshier than the one on the range. Thinking it was pretty lean beef.

Hereís one on my pickup tailgate. From taillight to taillight

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 29, 2022, 01:39:06 pm
Still need to put the lower jaw back together but Iím thinking this is his new home.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on April 29, 2022, 02:51:33 pm
That would go in my Man Cave!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on April 30, 2022, 09:27:55 am
I'd be tempted to try a horn bow out of it
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 30, 2022, 11:12:21 am
That would go in my Man Cave!



As soon as I saw him I was thinking this was the spot. I really like him here. I do think he would look great inside to. Heíd take up some real estate and I already have a lot of stuff in there and more to find a spot all the time.

Maybe this winter Iíll bring him inside.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on April 30, 2022, 11:17:16 am
I'd be tempted to try a horn bow out of it


If he was strung right now. Heíd have a pretty nice braced profile.

Pretty decent reflex if itís unbraced profile.

Bjrogg

Maybe If I can get another one
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 02, 2022, 10:37:07 am
Well Zoey and Susie are both doing much better now. Thatís a huge relief.

Weather is still not letting us get anything done. Not completely soaked, but just canít quite get dry enough to plant.

Have so much to do and canít do any of it. When that happens I tend to start or finish up another project to keep my mind right.

Yesterday helped my nephew move into dadís house.

Then I went for a walk on the beach. I picked up several interesting things. One was this piece of driftwood. I think I can probably do something with it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 02, 2022, 10:39:34 am
Then I went to the cedars looking for a handle for this lance point.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 02, 2022, 10:41:07 am
Now I stripped the bark off and Iíll let it dry some.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on May 03, 2022, 04:16:42 am
That Lance is cool ! Will send You a pic of a War Club I just finished - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 03, 2022, 08:12:58 am
I did manage to get something done yesterday.

We ended up getting biosolids and I finished spreading the wheat at grandmas. It went pretty good and itís supposed to rain today so that should be good timing. I finished about 11:00 last night so Iím a little slow this morning. It felt good to get something done though.

Hopefully the big rain misses us. And we get some nice weather after.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on May 03, 2022, 09:47:07 am
Very nice work on the lance and the arrow. I especially appreciate the look of your hand cresting. Enjoying this series of posts. Thank you.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 03, 2022, 12:55:49 pm
Thanks Brian. I appreciate that. I always enjoy your videos to.

The crest is pretty much what I started with from my second arrow. Iíve tried a couple different color combinations. Kinda liked John Deere green and yellow but dang they were hard to find. Not that these are really easy either. They have been my colors and crest for quite a while now.

We had one wheat field that didnít get biosolids. It needed to get its first application of fertilizer. We always split our nitrogen applications. We put about 2/3rds on now and the second third in a few weeks. That makes the nitrogen available when the crop needs it and lowers the risk of losing any from a large rain event.

Normally we would have to apply fertilizer to all of our wheat now, but because of the biosolids we will put the rest of our fertilizer on when we would normally do our second application.

We did try out our new sprayer though and everything worked. Iím sure we will learn lots of little tricks before the season is over, but we are getting started.

Bjrogg

PS really strange having the spray boom out front. Going to be interesting
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 03, 2022, 02:29:11 pm
Never was a fan of spraying, I'd rather pick rocks.  Herbicides and me don't get along.  I remember when I had to spray crops as a kid my glands under my chin would swell up and I'd get a funny feeling in my throat.  I finally told my dad I was done spraying and that was that.   My dad died from a very aggressive Alzheimer's a few years ago and I'm guessing being around all of those chemicals did not help although hid dad died with Parkinson's as well (also a farmer) so I realize my odds aren't great.  I remember my dad taking apart nozzles and blowing through them to clean them out, never using gloves or even washing up after getting herbicide, pesticides, fungicides or you name it on him.

To this day when I use Roundup around the yard (which is very sparingly) I still feel my glands swell up even though I use gloves and am very careful mixing and use the wind when I apply.. 

So hopefully you guys are using your PPE!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 03, 2022, 07:40:14 pm
Yes we use PPE.

We actually do all of our mixing in our chemical building. It has ventilation and spill containment. It is designed specifically for storing and mixing. We followed suggestions from NRCS.

I went home early today and some friends came over. They really liked the longhorn and the tables to. Rained all afternoon so be a few days at least.

also the sprayer cab is positive pressure to keep unfiltered air out.

Alzheimerís runs really hard in my dadís family. On or off the farm. My dad is nearing the end of his journey I think.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 04, 2022, 11:34:04 am
Sounds like you guys are as safe as possible and glad to hear it.  It's a far cry from what we used to do, no PPE and either pouring chemical by hand or a hand pump out of a drum and then our tractor we used for spraying was an International 806 which didn't have a cab. Even when the 856 was available which had a cab, both doors and rear window was usually taken off because no A/C back then in our tractors.   Was a different world back then I don't think we even had pair of safety glasses in the shop....
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Parnell on May 04, 2022, 12:30:38 pm
An interesting conversation.  My mom is nearing the end of MSAÖmultiple systems atrophy.  Itís rough business.  She is essentially trapped inside of her own body unable to swallow well, speak, move well.  But, her mind is 100%.  They call is ďThe BeastĒ.  I have read that there may be an association with strong herbicidesÖwhich she handled for years and years doing environmental restoration workÖno clear answer, though.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 04, 2022, 12:54:02 pm
Yes I agree buckskinner.

Not only has the equipment gotten more comfortable and efficient. It has become so much more accurate and gps has made swath control the normal.

Most farmers I know have gotten smarter about using them to. We have lots of meetings in the winter that we attend. They provide lots of very valuable information about how diseases, insects and weeds are best attacked. Thresholds to determine what and if something needs to be done and  timing of applications that are best. Some are determined by life cycles and stages of it. Some are determined by size of weeds. Some are determined by weather conditions and if thereís a friendly environment for the pest. Some are determined by insect traps set up by our state organizations.

I still donít like spraying but we try to do it as responsibly as possible. We follow best management practices set up by NRCS.


Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BowEd on May 05, 2022, 09:30:02 am
Seems like this extended cool weather goes on and on around here.Along with it being too wet.Does'nt bother most I guess.Just the people who have to grow things.Lots of farmers sitting on their hands waiting on this weather.
This is the latest I've ever seen and I'm almost 70 years old that the trees do not to have at least leaves beginning to show on them.
Ground temperature is slow to rise this year.

It's a double edged sword in this world raising food for the country and the world,but if you want to see a real crisis be without food.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 05, 2022, 10:56:00 am
All the people up in arms about global warming, what would really be devastating is global cooling. 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 05, 2022, 11:09:27 am
All the people up in arms about global warming, what would really be devastating is global cooling.


And we know thatís happened several times in the not so distant past. At least in geological time.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on May 05, 2022, 04:28:09 pm
The Badgerling went a little nuts with the garden seeds.  They're taking up most of the kitchen table now.  But most of them are sprouted and hopefully we'll get them into the garden in the next week or two.  Hard to post pictures because I can't post from my chromebook at home--something about the forum's security settings being out of date--but I'll try to get some one of these days.  Enjoying the journey with you, BJ.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on May 06, 2022, 09:45:48 am
Figured the cool spring was just a local thing but sounds more wide spread. I have noticed the trend for delayed warm weather in the spring for a number of years now. Without looking into my records I'd say 2 weeks from the weather patterns in the 90's. This year being the latest I can recall.  That said the warm weather lasts longer in the fall.

Had one good dry day this week, spent all day in the orchards yesterday. Raining now and suppost to continue till Sunday. Bloom is almost over, Sent word to the bee keeper to get his ladies out this weekend. Looks like the cold weather threat is over here, Should have a good set of fruit this year. Long way to go yet but real happy with things so far. Have not had time to check on the corn but hear its up and doing fine. The rest of the crew showed up this week from down south, all been here before, good group of guys. Should be picking strawberries in 1 month.   
Mike       
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 06, 2022, 02:31:06 pm
Hopefully you can post pictures when things are greening up WB.

Mike glad to hear things are looking good so far. I know that whole long way to go bit to. Itís always nice to get off to a good start though. Always hate getting behind and trying to catch up.

Itís still cool, cloudy and damp here yet. It isnít raining though and sounds like we should be able to put a long enough string of dry days together to start planting in a few days.

Iím confident enough now that we mixed up fertilizer and loaded it in our truck.

Also opened beet seed boxes and mixed talcum powder. Our planter uses vacuum to hold the seed against the seed plate. It turns the plate to a spot that doesnít have vacuum and the seed drops. Itís actually a lot more complicated than that, but thatís the jest of it. The vacuum causes static electricity and sometimes prevents the small seed from dropping so we use talcum powder mixed in our seed to keep the static from holding the seed. Iím going to mix it all today and it will save me a lot of time when Iím actually planting.

This is what the seed I plant looks like. Itís processed and they coat it with a ground up paper product to make it more plantable. Each company has its own color. This oneís is blue.

It comes in boxes and each box holds 4 units. Each unit is 100,000 seed so 400,000 seeds in a box.

The raw seed without the coating. In the old days each seed would grow several plants. They had to be ďblockedĒ or thinned. Mono germ seed saved a lot of labor.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 06, 2022, 02:40:15 pm
Also because I still have individual hoppers for each row. I figure out how many lbs. of each variety I have and divide that by 18 for the number of hoppers. Then when Iím filling the planter I weigh how much I put in each hopper. That takes a little extra time but saves me a lot of time and hassle trying to scratch seed from hoppers that still have seed and putting it in ones that ran out.

Planting time can be really hard to come by so when I get it I want to spend as much of it actually planting as I can and the least amount filling the planter and scratching seed.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 07, 2022, 07:32:51 pm
Filled planter with seed and fertilizer.

Started planting. Still took a few acres to get everything zeroed in.

One month to the day later than started last year.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 07, 2022, 07:33:59 pm
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on May 08, 2022, 04:39:04 am
Kewl ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 10, 2022, 11:31:37 am
Looks like the neighbor who rents my land had a untimely breakdown.  They tried to pull it with the other tractor and it wouldn't budge, hopefully not a tranny and something simple...
Still there this morning.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 10, 2022, 04:42:06 pm
Hopefully itís just a sensor for park. I had that happen to me once. Was all done with field and took fertilizer truck back. Got a ride back to my tractor and it wouldnít move. Their getting to be to many sensors.

Well Iíve been planting sugar beets since Saturday. I did have to do a bunch of wrenching on the fertilizer attachments. The ones my nephew made didnít work and we had to put old ones back on.

Yesterday I planted our closest beets to the piling ground. Literally right across the tracks. You can see one of the pilers across the tracks

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 10, 2022, 04:49:47 pm
Today Iím planting our furthest field from pilling grounds. This one is almost 40 mile round trip to town. With fuel prices Iím thinking probably shouldnít have panted this field. Harvest probably going to be expensive.

Dry and windy now. Next problem is going to be keeping them in moisture. Canít plant beets very deep. Thatís another reason itís nice to get them planted early.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 10, 2022, 05:33:57 pm
A rock

And no those tracks arenít from it rolling out of the way by itself.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 11, 2022, 07:33:57 am
We almost got done with sugar beets last night. About 25 acres to go. Had sprayer pump quit. I replaced it with my spare pump. Started tractor back up and fuel lift pump quit. Tractor wouldnít stay running.

Iím sure hoping they have a new one I can get this morning. Hearing all kinds of stories about people unable to get parts for their tractors and down time is a real killer. Glad we got as much done as we do, but itís time to keep the planter going. As soon as I get done with sugar beets Iíll switch planter over to corn. Then to soybeans. Got lots of spraying to do to.

This farm is right by the lake to. You can see it in this picture

Also one from behind planter. I keep checking to see if seeds are still in moisture.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 11, 2022, 09:30:01 am
You guys are cruising right along!  Hopefully you got some rain last night. it missed us but we have good moisture yet.

Looks like it must have been something like the park sensor.  I agree too much electronics these days to go wrong, I miss the linkage days, when it wouldn't go into park there was likely a pin missing...

My grandparents bought this new in 1945 and it replaced horses, was their main tractor for decades.  The B was kept in the family and my aunt gave it to me in 2020, so I rebuilt it and got it running again that winter.  Fun project and very easy to work on, although I have more money into than it's worth...  Wish my dad was still around to see it, he would have gotten a kick out of it.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 11, 2022, 11:24:46 am
Thatís great news it was a sensor even if it is aggravating being down.

AC  model b was a nice little tractor

Got to closest John Deere dealer at opening and they didnít have my pump. Had to go to another store. $1,100 and 130 miles later I have my tractor running again. No rain yet. We are really about perfect for moisture but sugar beets can only be planted about a 1 1/4Ē deep max and this time of year it can easily dry that out before they germinate. I saw a lot of farmers scratching to see if their seed was still in moisture on my trip for parts

Cloudy now so maybe we can keep them in moisture.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 12, 2022, 07:02:10 am
Well I got tractor fixed and finished planting sugar beets. Now hopefully they come up.

I switched the planter over for corn and planted our two fields. Since we lost acres we donít grow much corn My son still grows some though and I plan on hitting his hard today. I have seed in the planter and ready to go.

Thereís going to be a lot of money buried in the ground this week. Sure hope it sprouts and grows.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 12, 2022, 08:39:38 am
My brother-in-law and his son were big time farmers before he died, their hobby of buying a few old tractors to restore blossomed into a major obsession over the years, when he died they had 125 of them, all restored to be like new. They had the resources to build a building to house them and the simi trucks to take some of them to old tractor shows far and wide. When the kids decided to auction the tractors off a huge crowd of buyers came from all over the country for the sale.

Now the son and son-in-law are the farmers, the son-in-law got into tractor pulling on the side. He has a full blown nitro tractor and has won on a national level. He said his winnings kept him in the black only part of the time and although he loved it it was a very expensive hobby. He said the regularly blows an engine and it cost $125K to repair it.

Here is his tractor;

   
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 12, 2022, 09:55:39 am
Curious what he farmed to have that kind of hobby budget?  I don't know any that could afford blowing $125k routinely!!!  Good for him!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 12, 2022, 10:50:10 am
He farms 750 acres of row crops, mostly corn, soybeans and wheat, he has won the grand national championship for 2 years in a row so he has some sponsorship and prize money coming in, just not quite enough to make pulling completely profitable.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 13, 2022, 07:12:34 am
One of my highs school classmates got into tractor pulling. You definitely need sponsors. Very expensive hobby. Even with good sponsors. Heís not farming anymore, or pulling tractors. Must really be addictive when you get it in your blood. The work and money involved is substantial. I think I will stick to my primitive hobbies.

We have a couple tractors and semi trucks we have restored. Some we sold and some we still use regularly. The yellow 1985 Kenworth is my favorite of our trucks. We ďrestoredĒ it about twelve years ago. Itís still looking pretty good. Itís on my fertilizer tanker right now.

My sonís beef operation. Iím planting corn right next to it. The yellow Kenworth is next to the barn.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on May 13, 2022, 07:13:21 am
Just catching up BJ, looking like things are coming along. Nice tractor Eric, looks like it would pull a load. BJ really like you man cave, especially the Miller signs, I worked for them for almost 40 years and have many old ones like that, I collected metal signs/mirror's and all sorts of other advertisements for years, they are hard to come by and people try and beg me out of them all the time for their house bars and man caves.  ;) :) Glad the wife and pup are doing better. ;)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 13, 2022, 07:51:51 am
Thanks Pappy. Got the Millerís sign from my son in law. Iím so glad my wife and Zoey are doing better. My brother had his MRI and meet with his doctors yesterday. They are going to start Chemotherapy and then Radiation. Then see what happens. I didnít get to talk to him yet, but doctors said lots of people keep working through the treatments. Everyone is different and wonít know how it affects him until he gets it.

My oldest son ( actually step son) helped one of our bachelor Neighbor's since he was 14 years old. Cass our old timer buddy had a heart attack then and required triple bypass surgery. That was probably 20+ years ago. Cass was in the hospital for over a month. My son rode his bicycle 9 miles every day to take care of Cassís cattle. When Cass got back from hospital he was still very weak and my son kept talking care of his cattle. My son became the son Cass never had. They made a really good team. Iíve known Cass all my life. We got along really well and it wasnít like losing my son. It was more like gaining a Uncle, or something like that.

Cass was a interesting character. He had a shop we all call the hanger. We started meeting at it on Saturday mornings many years ago for a cup of coffee and breakfast. Cass drew a crowd of interesting old timers there and it was in front of that crowd I broke my first Selfbow. They all had a big laugh over that. Later they were very impressed when I got up the nerve to bring my second selfbow there and shot several arrows I had made. They turned out to be some of my biggest supporters.

The crowd of old timers has passed away. Iím almost the oldest one now. We lost some really good people and I am so glad that they were part of my life and my families.

Cass passed away last winter. His old pickup was affectionately named Ray after his brother in law he got it from. Cass had a lot of health problems the past few years but he always loved keeping up with what was happening on the farm. He loved to take ďRayĒ out to the field. Park somewhere out of the way and watch the operation.

Yesterday planting my sonís corn. He brought the seed corn out to me in Ray and left it parked in one of the spots Cass always watched from. Man it sure felt like he was still watching everything. Iím sure he is.

Hereís Ray

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on May 14, 2022, 03:11:24 am
Nice story ! Touching for sure - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 14, 2022, 10:24:30 am
Thanks Bob. I have been very fortunate to grow up where I did and to have had some very good friends and neighbors.

Yesterday Me and my shadow finished up planting my sons corn. Just the two of us. My son went to a feeder cattle sale. Nice to see my shadow again it seems like itís been such a cloudy spring until last week.

Our rye cover crops are really starting to grow and itís time to terminate them. They will grow really fast in this weather and use up a lot of moisture. If they get more than about 1 1/2í tall the residue gets difficult to deal with. My nephew is learning and liking the new sprayer. Thatís really good news for me, as that takes a lot of pressure off of me. It will be very nice having someone to share the job.

Less than a full week and looks like the first beets I planted are coming up really nice and taking in the sunshine. This ground is more loam and doesnít dry as fast after tillage.

The fields I planted after this one are heavy ground and it really dried out the top few inches after it had tillage with the wind and sun. I looked at second field I planted last night. Some sprouted and nice tap root. Right next to it laying in dust.

We have some sprinkle showers predicted for next few days. Hopefully they will make it yet.

Really hard planting beets in those conditions. You can plant them to shallow to sprout, yet at the same time to deep for when the rains and following crust comes.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 14, 2022, 10:25:16 am
Me & my shadow
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 14, 2022, 10:26:33 am
Rye cover crop seeded last fall after sugar beet harvest.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 14, 2022, 10:28:26 am
Two newly emerged sugar beets enjoying the sun. Solar power
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 14, 2022, 11:47:58 am
My daughter in law is a ag. Teacher and FFA Adviser. They are having their banquet and a silent action tomorrow.

I promised her a week ago Iíd make a arrow and display stand for it. Didnít have a lot of time, but tried to do a little every day and by golly I think it turned out okay.

Clear coat still drying but itíll be ready.

I think itís a jasper point I knapped a couple weeks ago. Nice stuff.

River cane shaft with my Bjrogg markings

Pitch glue and sinew haft

Wild turkey tail feathers and a Cherokee two fletch.

Driftwood stand from the shores of Lake Huron.

Arrow is easily removed if wanted to yet securely and gently held on with removable ďstaplesĒ made from insulated copper wire.

I like it .

Might have to bid on it myself

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on May 14, 2022, 09:40:22 pm
Beautiful arrow!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on May 15, 2022, 06:48:25 pm
Nice arrow BJ, That should do well at the auction. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Deerhunter21 on May 16, 2022, 12:12:45 am
Wow! Thatís a beauty bj! Iím sure that will fetch a good price at the auction!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 16, 2022, 07:48:43 am
Thank You Brian, Pappy and Russell.

The arrow and display did ok. It brought $100 and I think thatís pretty good for that crowd. Not like there were a bunch of primitive fans there. Iím happy it brought that much. Most people donít realize how much goes into making one of these. Itís going to a good home and the money will help their FFA chapter to. I say itís a win win. I have meet the lady who got it and I know her husband has a nice hunting cabin Iím sure itíll look great in.

We got a really spotty shower Saturday night on the way to church. That got one of our beet fields back in the moisture. Had a good shower overnight that Iím hoping got the rest of them in moisture. Glad we had the window to plant our beets and corn.

Today I will probably catch up in the office and shop. Maybe take a little crop tour. Chance of rain every other day this week so when it dries out again we will have lots to do.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on May 17, 2022, 03:33:59 am
Did You get any of those Storms, that roared thru Yesterday Afternoon ? Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 17, 2022, 07:12:01 am
Did You get any of those Storms, that roared thru Yesterday Afternoon ? Bob

Got the thunder and lightning, but very little rain so that was good. We didnít need a big splash so that was good. I was working on computer when the thunder and lightning started. It definitely got my attention.

In the morning I took a little crop tour. Then I had to go to town to get my new phone to receive my emails. I was glad I didnít try to do it myself. It took several tries for the lady that did it. I thanked her. Told her that would probably have taken me three days and a bunch of bad words. She got a laugh out of that, but Iím thinking that was probably a pretty accurate assessment.

The sugar beets all had a really nice shower.  The ones that stayed in moisture were coming up and the ones that werenít in moisture were now. Forecast is for .3Ē tomorrow and another .3Ē on Friday. That should give them a pretty good chance if itís correct.

Took a couple pictures.

Last field planted just coming up. Havenít seen the sun yet. Still white or yellow. Look healthy though.

The first field planted. Beets that stayed in moisture up nice with a good stand. Still lots of places where they didnít stay in moisture, but are now. Hopefully those make it yet.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on May 17, 2022, 10:46:29 am
Always enjoy catching up on this thread, BJ.  Love that arrow, especially the jasper head.  Glad the wife is doing better, and glad you're getting the crops in.  They grow a lot of sugar beets up in the Bighorn Basin where I grew up, and they really have to nurse them along some to get them going in the Wyoming clay.

Those great big, tall, white plants scattered in your field, now...those must be what grows when you plant one of those helicopter seeds?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 17, 2022, 11:00:35 am
That is a sweet arrow, should have gotten more!  Still waiting for my beets to pop up in my garden, one of my favorite veggies.  Corn rows showed up yesterday behind the house and we could use some rain.  Very slow spring for getting crops in around here, I would guess only about 50% in now.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 17, 2022, 11:13:19 am
Yea WB I wish it was that easy. The windmills were a real pain when they were putting them up and running all the underground wire. Itís a lot better now that they are sprouted and grown up.lol

Bjrogg

PS yes I worry about getting the beets planted. Then I worry about getting them up. Then I worry about all the things trying to kill them before I harvest them. Then I worry about harvesting them. Then I worry about getting them processed before they rot on the piles. Life would certainly be much less worrisome without them. Last year we had a record crop for tons. We had 25% more tons last year than our highest tons the year before. Unfortunately we had to dispose of 20% of our crop and the sugar content was so low that even if we could have processed every ton, we would have had about 10% less sugar. Itís still hurting and a lot of bad feelings with the growers here. Especially since other commodities have gone up in price and beets are so expensive to grow. And everything has gotten much more expensive this year
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 17, 2022, 11:17:52 am
Thanks Buckskinner. I was hoping it would bring a little more, but just happy it brought as much as it did. Iíve donated stuff before that only brought a few bucks. Like I said. Most people donít realize how much goes into one.

Iím glad we got the window to get stuff planted here. A lot of seeds went in the ground last week. A few guys planting again today.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 19, 2022, 07:56:22 am
We sprayed the rye cover crop to terminate it. It had done its job and now we need to prepare for planting our edible beans.

I have been spreading fertilizer the last two days and almost done now.

Kinda short handed again. My brother has a doctors appointment today and my nephew had a really high temperature yesterday morning. I havenít heard back from him yet today. I hope he gets feeling better soon.

We had a light white frost yesterday morning but I donít think it hurt anything we had growing. Turned chilly and cloudy with little sprinkles here and there. Iím hoping to finish spreading fertilizer this morning and then switch planter over to beans. I still need to plant about 75 acres of soybeans on sugar beet fields headlands and wedge rows. Itís another thing that takes a little extra time now but saves so much time when we are harvesting sugar beets. Digging headlands and wedge rows is very time consuming and when we have a full crew of truck drivers and harvesters we like to get stuff done and not have everyone watching me dig headlands.

I took another picture of one of the windmills on our farm for WB. If you look close you can see their service truck parked by it. Kinda gives it a little idea how big they are.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on May 19, 2022, 10:34:10 am
We sprayed the rye cover crop to terminate it. It had done its job and now we need to prepare for planting our edible beans.

I have been spreading fertilizer the last two days and almost done now.

Kinda short handed again. My brother has a doctors appointment today and my nephew had a really high temperature yesterday morning. I havenít heard back from him yet today. I hope he gets feeling better soon.

We had a light white frost yesterday morning but I donít think it hurt anything we had growing. Turned chilly and cloudy with little sprinkles here and there. Iím hoping to finish spreading fertilizer this morning and then switch planter over to beans. I still need to plant about 75 acres of soybeans on sugar beet fields headlands and wedge rows. Itís another thing that takes a little extra time now but saves so much time when we are harvesting sugar beets. Digging headlands and wedge rows is very time consuming and when we have a full crew of truck drivers and harvesters we like to get stuff done and not have everyone watching me dig headlands.

I took another picture of one of the windmills on our farm for WB. If you look close you can see their service truck parked by it. Kinda gives it a little idea how big they are.

Bjrogg

Wow, those things are BIG!  There are a lot of them down in southern Wyoming, but I've always just seen them from a distance.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on May 19, 2022, 10:53:22 am
Thankfully those turbines do not grow well around here...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 19, 2022, 04:47:10 pm
Yea WB these are the biggest ones in our area. There have been several different groups or ďWind FarmsĒ put up in the thumb of Michigan.

From what I can see these where the most annoying putting them up, but have been the least amount of trouble running them.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 19, 2022, 05:19:38 pm
Buckskinner Iím certainly not a huge fan of them either. I do kinda wish they didnít grow so good around here.

They have had to change and fix about 1/3 of the ďsailsĒ or blades which go to land fills.
Otherwise these have been regular maintenance.

Some of the other ones were not so good. Several broken blades. And I mean broken in two pieces laying out in the fields.

They even had one that the blade hit the tower and the whole tower came down.

It has been entertaining.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Gimlis Ghost on May 20, 2022, 01:35:49 am
A couple of years ago a blade broke off one of these and landed in a school playground. A few minutes either way and it could have mowed down dozens of kids.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on May 20, 2022, 05:59:28 am
Bj do you have experience of birds being killed by the blades?
I've heard about it but never had evidence
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 20, 2022, 07:07:34 am
A couple of years ago a blade broke off one of these and landed in a school playground. A few minutes either way and it could have mowed down dozens of kids.

Yes so far I would say they have been fortunate that no one has been hurt or damage done to personal property. The zoning laws in our wind farm require them to be something like 2,000 feet away from a house. The smaller ones are much closer. They complained about that at first and I suspect itís one of the reasons for the larger ones, but Iím thinking that probably isnít a bad idea.

Gills I have often heard that to , but I have never seen even one dead bird laying under one. Iím not saying it doesnít happen , but I personally havenít seen evidence of it either and maybe we just donít have the type of birds that would be effected by them. I have always been curious what type of bird this is supposed to happen to. Most of ours have pretty good vision and itís not like the blades are spinning so fast you canít see them.


One other thing I have seen is ice. It gets built up and then breaks off and is flung through the air and I donít think it would feel good getting hit by it.

This particular model has had less trouble than some of the others. Itís the biggest model around. They need a really large crane to work on it. This model they have to put the blades on the hub one at a time at the top. They turn hub so blade to be put on is at 3:00 position and hoist blade to top.

The other types are smaller although they are still pretty big. Those all had the blades attached to the hub. Then the hub is hoisted blades attached to the top. They can actually use a smaller crane for them.

They got the really large crane stuck in our field. They crushed our tile main that was nine feet under ground.

Iím not totally against them, but Iím not a huge fan of them either.
Not totally convinced they are going to be the savior to the environment. Thereís alway advantages and disadvantages to everything.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on May 21, 2022, 03:26:15 pm
Looks like things are coming along Bjrogg. Got to do some farming with my son-in-law and his brothers couple weeks ago. Got to ride along in the new to them sprayer. Quite the machine GPS tracking, like the starship Enterprise. So much lining up with a fence post. Your right about the worrying. Hopefully everything turns out ok
Take care
Leroy 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 22, 2022, 08:31:59 am
Looks like things are coming along Bjrogg. Got to do some farming with my son-in-law and his brothers couple weeks ago. Got to ride along in the new to them sprayer. Quite the machine GPS tracking, like the starship Enterprise. So much lining up with a fence post. Your right about the worrying. Hopefully everything turns out ok
Take care
Leroy

Thanks Stoker. We are coming along nicely. Hoping everything comes up and does well.

Glad you got to experience the space age ride in the sprayer. Of all the advancements in ag technologies I think I appreciate the technology that has gone into sprayers the most.

Like you said . It has gone from aiming for a fence post and having to remember what is sprayed and what isnít. Trying to match speed and pressure to get the right amount on. Skips and double up spots as a result.

Itís so different now. GPS with sub inch accuracy and auto steer to guide the sprayer. A coverage map thatís instantly updated to show what is sprayed and what isnít. Swat control that knows what is sprayed and what isnít that turns off individual sections of the spray boom where spray has already been applied. Very accurate rate controller that very quickly and accurately changes and applies the right rate to match your speed. Documentation of you chemicals used and a map of the rates applied.

It really is stuff from the space age and itís technology that is still making amazing advancements. The stuff coming out now is really mind blowing. Each individual spray nozzle is computer driven and turns on and off individually with swath control. Not only that , but it knows if itís on the inside of a turn itís traveling slower and adjusts it rate lower to put on the correct amount. If itís on the outside of a turn it knows itís traveling faster and increases itís rate to apply the proper amount. We donít have that yet but it is available technology and really amazing stuff.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on May 22, 2022, 10:47:57 pm
Things look to be moving along for you BJ. Don't know a thing about sugar beets but I have seen sweet corn fields come up uneven from lack of moisture, and that late stuff is usually not worth anything at harvest, so hope you been getting some rain there.  We been getting rain every other day for the last week or so. Had a hail storm cover the ground about 10 miles south last week, so glad we missed that one.

Been busy here. The crew has been transplanting tomatoes, peppers and strawberries when the ground is dry enough, and mulching blueberries otherwise. Sweet corn is a weekly planting until about the end of June. I've been in the orchard most of the time and will spend most of this week there. Between mowing, thinning, scab/fireblight sprays its usually a crazy 2 week period for me. By June things seem to become more routine through the summer.

Here's a pic of my high tech measuring device in the orchard :)
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That was several days ago, I suppose that apple is 18mm by now.

A lot of hurry up and wait been going on because of the rains. Had a buddy stop by on Friday to drop off some graphic arts designs for my sons bow. I finished up a preform I had on my desk to give him as a thank you for his work.
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Spent today in my shop finishing up a dozen target arrows. way too long in the making. Should have been doing other things, didn't realize how much time I spent down there until it was dinner time.
Mike               
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on May 23, 2022, 12:23:22 pm
Bjrogg you are right on with the ways of the newer machinery. We had to fix some sort of connection on the one wing when we refilled the tank. They explained it to me, I must of had the deer in the headlights look on my face. Good on them to make it go without too much disruption. Help is 1 hour away. Being self-reliant is a wonderful thing.

M2A Nice looking apples coming along. I like your apple gauge. My Granny Smiths are in flower right now. Coupla weeks away form pie season.
Thanks Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on May 27, 2022, 07:27:04 am
Good luck with your Granny crop Stoker. Their harvest date is not until the 1st week of November here which makes them a tad late sell in the market, not many customers after October. I did make a deal with a fella a few years ago and planted one in a hole, just as a pet tree. A rabbit got up on the snow above the tree guard and ate the bark off one winter. Left all the Gala around it alone. lol  Maybe got 15 apples off that tree. I should give it another go.

Been dry and windy most of the week, looks like a rainy spell for the next few days. Good chance to get some work done in the shop.
Mike       
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 27, 2022, 01:36:01 pm
Sorry I havenít been able to post much this week. I ended up catching whatever my brother and nephew had. Worked through it, but I just was to whipped at the end of the day to think about anything. Iím starting to feel a little better, but just a little.

I did finish up planting our soybeans and I even planted a small food plot for the wildlife. Be interesting to see how it affects things.

Last Sunday my neighbor and his son stopped over and tilled my garden. Then I switched 12 rows of the planter back to corn so I could plant my sweet corn. Usually my neighbor does with his four row planter but he was still planting soybeans. I planted 24 rows in really good conditions so I hopefully get a good crop to eat and put up in the freezer.

Our corn came up nice. Your right about the corn that comes up later Mike.  If a corn plant comes up just a day later than the plants right next to it. It will never catch up and really is almost a weed. Dr. B says it doesnít matter what you do to it it wonít catch up. You can even pee on it. Heís tried it.

My sugar beets have a few spaces I would have like to see filled in, but they are going to have to be good enough. They arenít quite as sensitive to neighbor as corn. Also the open spaces make it harder to control weeds.

We are getting ready to plant our edible beans now. I got the pre emergence herbicides this morning. Have the planter switched over to edible beans. Washed it up and cleaned up the Quadris system. I donít use it for the rest of my planting.

When I was picking up my herbicide I pasted one of the smaller windmills they were working on. They had the hub and blades on the ground.

Strawberries are really blossomed out nice.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 27, 2022, 01:38:57 pm
Strawberries
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on May 28, 2022, 03:28:03 am
Hope You get feelin' better ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on May 28, 2022, 07:35:32 am
Hope You get feelin' better ! Bob

Thanks Bob. Iím feeling a lot better today. My head still feels like a volleyball and my ears and sinuses are still a mess, but Iím definitely going in the right direction.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 01, 2022, 09:33:34 pm
Feeling a lot better. Still sinus pressure and ear fluid but much better.

Saturday we moved everything for planting navy beans to my brothers place. It takes a lot of stuff. Tractor and field cultivator, sprayer, tender, fertilizer truck, tractor and planter, seed wagon, tractor and roller, and loader tractor.

Itís a 14 mile one way trip so it took most of the day just moving stuff, but itís all there and ready now.

Saturday night went to my wifeís 40 year class reunion. Kinda small turn out. Probably past most of their bed times.lol

Sunday we got together with kids and grandkids for a nice campfire.

Monday and Tuesday we hit the planting navy beans hard. Monday I planted 162 acres. Tuesday I planted another 114 acres and moved everything back to Dadís. My nephew put the pre emerge herbicides on the black bean ground. It was hot and dry and the weeds are really growing.

The soybeans I planted last week are coming up.

The beet fields really need to be sprayed. Canít believe how fast these weeds are growing.

Today we got the sugar beets sprayed

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on June 02, 2022, 10:37:37 am
Glad you're feeling better!

Yeah, weeds are a pita...  Not as common anymore, but I spent many of days on a cultivator as a kid trying not to wipe out the corn rows.

Is that volunteer corn to the sides of the picture?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 02, 2022, 12:55:37 pm
Yes I spent many many hours cultivating sugar beets, edible beans and corn. I spent  a lot of hours with a hoe in my hand to.

I think what you are seeing is rye cover crop and volunteer wheat. The sugar beets we donít spray rye to kill before we plant. We just till field once leaving residue for wind protection. One of the really nice things about RR sugar beets. Before we had to spray several times while weeds were very small to kill them. Wind blew off sugar beets every year. It was very difficult to use cover crops. Even cultivating was difficult with cover crop residue. Made for more ďiron wormĒ as we use to call it.

Definitely a case where new and old ways work well together
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 03, 2022, 06:32:50 am
Started planting black beans yesterday. Got 112 acres planted. We have another 107 acres of our blacks to plant and then about 90 acres for my son. Should be able to finish them up in about two days if everything goes well.

My brother got his port for chemotherapy put in day before yesterday. He has appointment with chemotherapy doctor today. I hope everything goes well.

I took two pictures yesterday. One of the residue from rye cover crop incorporated into the soil. The second after planting. Itís a lot of residue and the planter has been designed to brush it in between the rows so it can still get good seed placement in the soil.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on June 03, 2022, 07:54:10 am
Looking good BJ, our soybeans are up about 4 or 5 inches but could use some rain,was supposed to rain yesterday but none came, getting a little dry around here again. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 03, 2022, 07:58:12 pm
You guys are a little bit ahead of us here. Soybeans donít like getting out of bed when itís still cold out. They will sit there with the ground shoved up but not come out of ground till it warms up .

Scratching seed by the woods. Looks like something is watching me.

Bjrogg




 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on June 04, 2022, 03:09:09 am
Classic Coon Tree BJ, He's hopin' You are planting Corn  (lol) ! Matt and I are gonna try and get a Mess of Bluegill today, for a Fish Fry. Prayers sent for Your Brother - Bob .
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 05, 2022, 09:26:45 am
Classic Coon Tree BJ, He's hopin' You are planting Corn  (lol) ! Matt and I are gonna try and get a Mess of Bluegill today, for a Fish Fry. Prayers sent for Your Brother - Bob .

Thanks for the prayers Bob.

It certainly is a classic coon tree. The raccoon is going to be disappointed to find out I planted black beans there. I donít think they really like black beans.

Good luck fishing. The waterís still pretty cold and those fish will be tasty and firm. Tell Matt I said Hi.

We did finish up planting my sons black beans yesterday. Like Pappy we are a little on the dry side. The little crops are doing fine yet but the wheat and hay could use some rain. A nice shower would perk everything up. Itís supposed to rain this week but itís been supposed to rain half the days of May and we havenít had more than a dust settler so we will see what happens. I planted the beans pretty deep.

Today we will be enjoying our grandsons 8th birthday and getting together for a party. So far heís our youngest grandson and they are all growing up to fast. Gotta enjoy them while you can.

Bjrogg


Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 06, 2022, 06:23:59 am
We had a really nice time at our grandsons birthday party. Was cloudy and cool. Played some ball. Nothing like a ball game to make you realize you donít have the moves you use to have. Was fun though.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 06, 2022, 06:30:24 am
The kids have a lot of animals and they are well taken care of. They have rabbits, big goats, little goats, mom goats and dad goats. Horses and steers. Laying hens and chickens.

Hereís some of them

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 06, 2022, 06:38:09 am
Then it was time for cake and ice cream.

My daughter in law is quite the birthday cake baker. She always makes some special cakes. I have lots of birthday cake pictures over the years. This time Cliff wanted a sports theme. Itís a nice cake, but honestly I like the farm and construction theme ones better. Itís a nice cake though and it tastes good. Cliff loved it and his cousin did to.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 06, 2022, 06:41:25 am
After the party I took a quick crop tour.

The wheat is just starting to head out.

The clover cover crop looks like it is still doing fine.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 07, 2022, 12:14:24 pm
Yesterday morning I did a quick look at the navy beans I planted on Memorial Day. They were starting to poke out.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 07, 2022, 12:17:50 pm
Then stopped at the Coop to fill up with E-85. Iíve got 170,000 miles on my truck and itís almost all I have burned in it. No problems at all. Sure is going to be a expensive fall if these prices donít come down before harvest and fall tillage.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 07, 2022, 12:28:18 pm
One of the best things about the new sprayer ended yesterday. I hadnít really run it yet.lol Sure was nice to have my nephew take over while I was planting. I usually had to somehow do both before and the days got very long.

Yesterday wasnít really raining yet it was dripping around just a little. Decided to apply the nitrogen on the sugar beets. They need nitrogen early and a nice shower to soak it in was forecast for today. Got the nitrogen applied to all the beets and we do get a beautiful slow .75Ē shower. Perfect timing. Still a little cool but Iím not complaining.

I guess Iím starting to feel comfortable in this spaceship of a sprayer.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on June 08, 2022, 08:37:10 am
Cake and ice cream always a good thing!

Nice view from inside that spray rig. I'll be getting my boom sprayer out this week for the sweet corn. drive past it the other day and noticed its about time for it to start shooting silk. Still might make the 4th of July for that 1st couple fields. The crew started picking strawberries Monday of last week, kinda a poor year for them as the deer and ground hogs put a big hit on them over the winter.

Finished up the bailing season the other night. 24 round bails, use to do about 700-800 a year so not much any more. Always enjoyed the work but trying to get all the timing down all summer long was a pain. and without a tedder I always needed 1 more day of drying time.

Maybe I'll have some time over the weekend to get a few pics up but I best be headed out for now.
Mike     

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on June 08, 2022, 03:10:21 pm
Looks like it's coming along. Great your timing was on.
Thanks Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 12, 2022, 09:20:03 am
Hasnít been very good hay making weather here this week Mike. Hope yours is better.

I did manage to get the wheat sprayed for vomitoxcin. Itís a disease that can make your wheat toxic so it isnít safe for either human or animal consumption. We are getting perfect environmental conditions for it right now. The fungicide only offers limited protection. I hope itís enough because this is getting to be a very, very expensive crop year. We absolutely need decent crops.

Yesterday was one of those heart breakers. My daughters little dog Zoey took a dramatic turn for the worst. She was doing so good and just like that the switch was flipped. She passed away in my arms and it was a heartbreaker.

Our whole family is going to really miss that little dog. She brought so much joy to us. She was a blessing.

Growing up on a farm in learned about losing animals, pets and loved ones from a very early age. I know itís part of life. Some people may even think Iím cold hearted, but they are wrong. Just because I have grown up with it doesnít mean itís easy. RIP Zoey.

Could have missed the pain, but would have had to miss the dance.

Was a great dance Zoey

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 12, 2022, 09:44:34 am
Zoey
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on June 12, 2022, 12:18:23 pm
Sorry for your family loss, Brian. It's the love that makes it hurt so much and it's something we all experience.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on June 13, 2022, 04:21:15 am
Always sad to hear of a loss like that. Been through it too many times Myself. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 13, 2022, 07:41:12 am
Thank You Pat and Bob. I to have lost a lot of pets and loved ones. They all hurt. This one hurts especially bad.

We are so happy my daughter was blessed with Zoey. She was so good for her when she was going through some very difficult life struggles. Sheís broken hearted now, but I think she is going to be okay.
This truly was her baby as she canít have any of her own. I was a little apprehensive about her getting a animal that she had to train and care for, but she did a fantastic job of it.

We will be looking for another puppy. Not another Zoey. But hopefully a puppy that can give and receive love like that little girl did.

Thanks again Bob and Pat for your caring words. They do help.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on June 15, 2022, 07:29:22 pm
That's rough losing a pet, but a new puppy sure makes it easier.   Hopefully she can find one soon!  Maybe 2!

Growing up on a farm, pets came and went fairly often, lots of dangers for pets on a farm not to mention the road.  But there were those special ones that I remember very well and was rough when they passed.

My lab now has it made, he's lying in the kitchen right now because he thinks it's too hot outside.  Well,,,, I'm inside too...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 15, 2022, 10:24:13 pm
Glad you have your lab Buckskinner. They really are good dogs. Have had a few and they were all smart well behaved dogs.

My wife and daughter have been looking for puppies. I think they might have found one. Afraid we canít afford two.

They are pretty excited and going to look at them tomorrow. I hope it turns of good. They are hoping the puppies are cute. All puppies are cute.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 17, 2022, 09:55:53 pm
My daughter got her new puppy. Named her Roxy and so far so good. Cute little bugger. My wife and daughter are so happy it really feels good to see that. We all still really miss Zoey, but we a happy to welcome Roxy to our family.

Itís been either on the cold side with short spells of just plain hot. It took awhile for the black beans to come up but we finally got a couple hot days again and they came up.

You can see the residue from the rye cover crop still on top of the soil. Iím really glad itís there right now. Weíve had three days of very high winds and if we didnít have the residue on top our dirt would be blowing and our beans would be getting cut off. Afraid there going to a lot of people who donít have residue that are going to have to replant and hope they donít blow off again.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 17, 2022, 09:56:47 pm
Black beans
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 17, 2022, 10:04:26 pm
Then we worked on our old 28% applicator. We had to add two more rows. Had to widen the frame. Plumb up two more rows and reconfigure the rate controller.

Got it all working today.

Corn needs nitrogen later so we split the applications and put most of the nitrogen on now just before the corn gets tall. Itís to the stage it really grows fast.

Was 94 two days ago high of 64 predicted for tomorrow. Lows back in the 40ís. We could use a little rain again, but Iím not complaining yet.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on June 18, 2022, 05:10:51 am
Bj I know very little about agricolture so forgive me for the dumb question
Is there an automatic way to drive your vehicle so that it doesnt mash all the plants?
seems to me so easy to get distracted and destroy everything
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 18, 2022, 10:22:58 pm
GlisGlis in the old days we called it a steering wheel and we had to spend many, many hours steering it and it took a lot of concentration to avoid what we called "iron worm". Now we have GPS and auto steer that steers the tractor for us.

Today I went with my cousin to the Huron Nature Center. My cousin has a nice collection of artifacts that he has found. He's been giving a presentation at the Nature Center for 8 years. I've been doing one with him for four years now. Our presentations complement each other.

It was a small but nice gathering. 33 people attended which is pretty good for the center. They were a very interested and fun crowd. They seemed to really enjoy the presentation and asked lots of good questions. Kevin and myself really enjoyed doing the show and gave us a good excuse to get together again. We both like sharing our passions with others who appreciate them.

This Afternoon I worked at putting nitrogen on my sons corn

Bjrogg   
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on June 19, 2022, 07:14:42 am
ty Bj
I recently read that during middle age the wheat harvest was less then 1.5 times what they sowed on average
Surely agricolture has made giant leaps
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 20, 2022, 02:59:11 pm
ty Bj
I recently read that during middle age the wheat harvest was less then 1.5 times what they sowed on average
Surely agricolture has made giant leaps


We plant between 1.5 bu. Per acre and up to 3 if it gets really late into end of October or beginning of November. We personally very rarely plant that late.

We shoot for 130 bu. Per acre harvest. And if we get below 110 we are a little disappointed. So I would say your right in your assessment GlisGlis. We are in a good climate for winter wheat though.

Also with harvest, storage and quality.

We had a really nice shower this morning. Catching up in the office. Our crops are really going to like this shower.

Played with the new puppy Roxy yesterday. Looks like a stuffed animal, but itís not. Funny they had a qualification list. Small, short haired and female. I guess they got two out of three.

Iím a little jealous. Sheís got a better beard than me.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on June 21, 2022, 03:34:19 am
Cute Pup ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on June 21, 2022, 06:27:07 am
Quote
We plant between 1.5 bu. Per acre and up to 3 if it gets really late into end of October or beginning of November. We personally very rarely plant that late.

We shoot for 130 bu. Per acre harvest. And if we get below 110 we are a little disappointed. So I would say your right in your assessment GlisGlis. We are in a good climate for winter wheat though.

I had to check how much is a bushel. For metric people imperial units are quite a nightmare  ;D
To tell the full truth in agricolture and forestal activities we also have non decimal units

Nice pup. She does not look very primitive  )P(   (lol)
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 21, 2022, 07:17:12 am
Thanks Bob.

Roxy spent her first night in her apartment last night. Hopefully everything went well.

GlisGlis we actually try to plant to a certain ďpopulation ď

We weigh one pound of seed and count how many seeds are in that pound. So smaller seed we plant less pounds than larger seed. Early in the planting season we try for about 1.2 million seeds per acre.

Generally thatís about 120lbs per acre planted. That would be two bushels

If we harvest 130 bu. X 60 lbs a bushel = 7,800 lbs harvested per acre.

I think if I did my math right thatís about 65 times more than what we planted.

Of course Mother Nature has her say in the mater to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 24, 2022, 07:08:35 am
Finished up putting the nitrogen on the corn and sprayed the post emergence herbicides on the beans.

The little shower we had Monday was much appreciated. We have been a little on the dry side. We havenít had much rain, but what we have had has come really slow and every drop soaked in.

We are starting to get caught up in the fields. Still have a lot of stuff to do in the shop to get ready for wheat harvest.

My cousin is arriving tonight. We grew up inseparable. Heís been living in California for close to forty years now. He comes back to visit every summer and I try my best to make some time in my busy schedule for spending with him. Somebody has to keep him out of trouble.

Heís kinda responsible in a roundabout way for me being addicted to all this primitive stuff.

I decided to pay him back a few years ago by making him this HHB Selfbow. I named it ďDeep RootsĒ.
I know he has them. As he told me the other night. Time to come home and reboot my soul.

I think itís time to shoot his bow again to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on June 24, 2022, 05:48:25 pm
That's a sweet looking bow!  Glad you are getting some rain here and there.  We've been really dry, my lawn is brown and the corn looks more like pineapple.  Seems like the rains always go north or south of us.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Gimlis Ghost on June 25, 2022, 01:48:59 pm
ty Bj
I recently read that during middle age the wheat harvest was less then 1.5 times what they sowed on average
Surely agricolture has made giant leaps

Saw a documentary on the beginings of agriculture in the neolithic age.
They found that in much of the middle east and asia wheat grew wild in sufficient quantity that a family could harvest enough in two weeks to feed them for a year.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on June 26, 2022, 06:14:13 pm
Nice looking bow BJ. Ya if we don't get some rain here soon the poor farmers around here aren't going to make anything, dry as I have seen it in several years, some are already feeding hay to the cows. ???
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on June 27, 2022, 04:37:53 am
We are in the same situation. Terrible drought is posing a serious treath for all the cultivations
There are already ordinances to minimize the use of potable water. Pretty scary as "real" summer is yet to come
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 27, 2022, 06:52:10 am
It always seems like we are either to dry or to wet. Been that way as long as I can remember. Right now we could use some rain. Would be nice to get some now a then get dry for wheat harvest. Donít get to order the weather we want. Have to deal with what we get. Hope it works out.

Sometimes life is a Beach. In this case a nice secluded one. With a nice bonfire. My cousin and I sat around and tried to solve the problems of the world. Didnít get them all solved, but did enjoy trying.

Probably take another bonfire on the beach or two yet before he leaves. Itís a good place to hang out and think about anything. Or nothing at all

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on June 28, 2022, 04:37:37 am
Great place to Stir a Fire  (=) ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 28, 2022, 08:09:14 am
It sure is Bob.

Have had some really nice bonfireís there over the years. Hereís one from 4th of July. We had a great time and plan on making it a annual event.

Bjrogg

PS itís even a great spot without a fire. But a good fire and a full moon rising really adds to the ambiance.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on June 28, 2022, 08:29:21 am
Looks like paradise to me!  I'd probably need to put a fishing pole in though...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 28, 2022, 10:00:19 am
Looks like paradise to me!  I'd probably need to put a fishing pole in though...


You might want to bring a good pair of waders to

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on June 29, 2022, 07:57:02 am
Beautiful picture, looks like a great time. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on June 29, 2022, 01:02:02 pm
Love to have you sit around a campfire sometime Pappy. Could probably even find a place to park the bus.

Getting ready for wheat harvest. Lots of stuff to do. Trucks, trailers, combines, headers, carts and tractors.

Iím cleaning up the planter and getting it ready to store away for the winter. It worked good. Probably do something different with starter fertilizer for it this winter.

Iím hoping to get some grass and weeds mowed down this afternoon.

Was my sons birthday yesterday and we had another bonfire at the beach.

Was perfect night for it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on June 30, 2022, 03:10:42 am
Beautiful Spot !
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 01, 2022, 07:43:08 am
Thanks Bob. If you ever end up in the neighborhood Iíd love to share it with you.

I did get some mowing done the other day. The grass was getting pretty tall. Probably about 4 or five feet tall. I saw lots of deer beds in it. I left their favorite ones.

My son put a bass from my dads pond in my little pond several years ago. Itís a small pond but itís pretty deep. Probably about 16í . I didnít see him last year and the frogs started to show up again, so I thought he might have fallen prey to the Bald Eagles.  Not so though. I saw him while I was mowing the grass. Glad to see heís still swimming around.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 01, 2022, 07:51:28 am
Was really hoping for some rain. We are still doing pretty decent and our smaller crops have been growing good. They are reaching the stage they are going to need a lot more moisture though. The wheat is turning. I think a nice rain might still help it, but soon it will be to late to help and only cause poor quality issues which we really donít need. Would be nice to get a couple inches of rain now before wheat harvest and then have a dry harvest.

Pretty hard to make a farmer happy sometimes. Always can find something to complain about. Would really like rain in this field but none in this other one. lol.

Iím not complaining yet. Corn still looks decent. Beans are growing.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 02, 2022, 03:48:11 am
Those two look really good ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 02, 2022, 08:03:05 am
Was hoping for some rain, but it missed us again. Yes Bob. Our wheat is really suffering and has needed some rain for some time. Iím not expecting fantastic yields from it, but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised. Our smaller crops are still looking pretty decent.

As a farmer. Iím outstanding in my field.  lol Thatís a old farmer joke.

Hereís a selfie for you all. Me outstanding in my field of navy beans.

Bjrogg

PS if you zoom in on base of windmill you can see my pickup truck

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 02, 2022, 08:27:43 am
I was picking some asparagus and came across a bunch of these guys. One time I had thousands and thousands of them in my ash trees. Looked like pictures from the rain forest. My ash trees are all dead now, but we still get lots of monarchs.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 02, 2022, 09:41:33 am
Those wind spinners are massive!

Haven't had more than a sprinkle in several weeks here, very dry.  Crops look good in the morning from dew but then curl up when sun gets high.  My lawn is a beautiful golden brown aside from well rooted weeds.  Ash are all dead around here, you can see them in the background of the first pic.

Haven't seen any monarchs on any milkweed yet around here, but these little devil's whatever they are seem to be on every plant in place of them.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on July 02, 2022, 09:45:32 am
Thats a heck of a nice location for a beach party BJ.

Hope you get a good rain soon. We had a storm roll through last night and drop almost an inch. Very welcome as things were getting very dry, I could even see the leaves in the old orchard starting to curl just a bit. The guys have been laying irrigation pipe in the corn all week here. And the pumps have been running every day. I was coming off the hill the other evening and got this pic.
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Thats about 3 acres of corn, just starting to tassel,  getting some overhead water.

Going to be short on the early corn this year as it was too wet to get it all in but going to have some for the market for the holiday and thats the goal. here is an ear I pulled when out checking things the other day, Ate it right after I took the pic:)
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Nice size for the first field of the season. It came from the field we planted in the snow back in April. Its a decent stand
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weed control could be better but I have seen a lot worse in the early stuff.
Also started picking blue berries this last week. Pick your own(PYO) opened yesterday for the weekend in the large field. Heres a pic from the small field. We have to net the entire field or the birds will eat every berry before the get ripe. 
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I cheated and went in early to get some for the freezer here is 2 gallons, about 10 pounds I got the other night.
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I use to have my boys pick them for us but they are older now and have other priorities. I picked 3 gallons this week, I hope to get 1 more before its all over but if not thats fine. Takes me 40-50 min to fill one bucket.
With everything going on between the farm and everything else time free time is very limited as of late. If I'm not doing anything else I have been spending my free time beating on a log that was gifted to me. Its been some long days the past week or 2.
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Not he best log but osage is not easy to come by for me so its like gold. I wish the timing was different but this stuff needs processed. With the rain last night I'll have time today to get the last quarter split up and sealed. Then I can worry about bark and sap wood removal. In the pic I still had the strap on the log that was still hooked to my truck just in case it started to roll down hill, it was too heavy for me to roll by hand.   
 
             
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 03, 2022, 04:43:43 am
Used to spend a week-ten Days in Mid-August at Harbor Beach trolling for Salmon. Many a time the Boat would be loaded with resting Monarchs, taking a break after crossing the Lake ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 04, 2022, 08:33:28 am
That bug looks familiar Buckskinner but I donít remember for sure what it is. Iím hoping itís some kind of predator bug eating unwanted bugs. If the numbers are high it probably means the unwanted pest numbers are high to. Thatís what our ash trees look like to. Except most have fallen over and are laying in every direction making a walk through the woods very challenging.

Nice looking cob of sweet corn Mike. Mine is looking pretty nice now but itís barely knee high yet. Itís to the stage it will really grow now though. Probably be ready around fair week. Sweet corn and blueberries. Good stuff. Blueberry is definitely way high up on my list of favorites.

Be watching to see what you get from that Osage log.

Bob Iíve only seen them in my ash tree by the hundreds of thousands that one year. I have seen lots of them before, but that time they were literally hanging from each other and you couldnít have fit another one on the surface of the ash trees. They hung around like that for a couple days. We had a sugar beet test plot for Sugar beet Advancement that year and the fella that always checked on the test plot called me up very excited. Asked me if I saw all the butterflies? I told him I did and it was one of the memories I still have etched in my brain forever.

Once again ďI was outstanding in my field ď .  This time one of my wheat fields. Always hard to guess what itís going to do. This spot looks good yet. Sure could have used some rain but maybe we can still have a decent crop. Wheat makes me very nervous this time of year. I donít stop worrying until itís at the elevator and has passed the vomitoxin and falling numbers test. We have a lot of money invested in this crop and itís gotta be milling quality or we lose.

Happy 4th of July everyone. I plan on spending the day at our beach with family and friends. Thanks to all who have made it possible for us to enjoy this freedom.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 05, 2022, 04:45:39 am
Raining pretty good here rite now - hope Your getting some it ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 05, 2022, 07:53:35 am
Hope you got some rain BJ, we finally did yesterday and through the night.  Came along perfect as well, started with a nice slow rain of about 1/4" to soften ground then good thunderstorms at night, probably close to 2".
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 05, 2022, 11:13:14 am
Thanks for the wishes guys. We got between 1/10th and 2/10ths. Really could have taken ten times that but it buys a little time. The beans should like it. And everything else will be glad to get it to.

I was walking the beach last night and came across this digging.

What could it be?

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 05, 2022, 11:15:47 am
It could be my favorite granddaughter and my grandson. Love watching them dig in the sand.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 05, 2022, 11:18:42 am
Your right Buckskinner. Those critters are everywhere.

Also lots of beeís

And a few of these.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2022, 07:17:27 am
25 years ago today I married my soulmate Susie. My life has changed so much since that day. A few more challenges, but nothing I wouldnít do over again and definitely for the better

My wife and I are celebrating by having a bonfire at our beach. Itís going to be very casual and probably not really well planned. Kinda like my bachelor days partyís. Should be fun.

We have been busy getting stuff ready for wheat harvest and taking care of crops. My cousin is back in California and I have been getting a little more sleep which I really was needing.

We are still very dry. The bigger rains have missed us and the .1Ē and 1/4Ē rains have spent the time they bought. Weíre definitely farming the subsoil now and any ground thatís been abused by compaction is really showing it now.

At this point Iím hoping we can get a quick wheat harvest and then some decent rains.
Not much I can do about it though.

Last night I did some mowing at the beach. Looking forward to sharing it with friends tonight.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2022, 07:19:23 am
Our beach
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2022, 08:58:26 am
One saving grace has been the lake has kept our temperatures pretty cool and comfortable

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on July 12, 2022, 09:57:54 am
Congratulations Brian and Susie. 25 years is quite an accomplishment.  :OK
 Is your property right on the lake? Can you use lake water for irrigation?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 12, 2022, 10:08:55 am
Congrats on your 25th!  I will be there next year, hard to believe...  Have a great party!

Hope you get some rain soon!  It's crazy how much a good rain changes things, we were so dry there were knoll areas of our fields where the late planted soybeans were died off.  We probably got 3 inches last week over a 3 days span and everything is growing like crazy, corn probably grew a foot over the last couple days.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2022, 11:40:40 am
Thanks Pat. Itís not as many as some, but it sometimes seems like a lifetime to me. Sometimes itís hard to remember life as a single man even though I was that way for a quite awhile.

Yes our farm goes right to the shore of Lake Huron. I forget exactly but I think itís something like 1130í of shoreline.

My brother looked into using it for irrigation once and I donít remember all the rules exactly so I hesitate to comment. I do want to say if we owned the shoreline we could use the lake for irrigation on the attached farm. Seems like there were a lot of rules about how you got the water from the lake. Like I said though I really donít remember exactly and it wasnít something we felt like we needed to pursue.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2022, 11:45:19 am
Yup nothing like a big rain to effect your farming operation. Sometimes they are a blessing and sometimes they are a curse.

One right now could be both. Would probably ruin my wheat quality, but everything else would love it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 08:24:05 am
Had a really nice bonfire for our 25 th anniversary.

Before everyone arrived my son and I had a little time to enjoy the fire.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on July 13, 2022, 08:30:36 am
Congrats on 25 years, kind of rare these days. Beautiful place, all I have is creek front property .  ;) :) :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 08:35:49 am
Thanks Pappy. Bring your bus and weíll share it with you.

We appreciate our friends and family. They started showing up we were so happy to share this time and place with them.

Sure wish you all could have joined us.

Pretty good crowd for a Tuesday night with occasional sprinkles.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 08:38:30 am
Then the full moon showed up. It was peaking out from behind the clouds. It really does add to the charm of this place.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 08:40:38 am
Susie and I totally enjoyed ourselves just like we did 25 years earlier. Itís usually hard for me to get a picture of her but she took this selfie with me.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 08:42:17 am
Then everyone was gone except for me and the moon.

Bjrogg

PS thanks for looking. Wish You Were Here
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 13, 2022, 09:20:46 am
Looks like a very nice evening had by all!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 13, 2022, 09:40:57 am
Thanks Buckskinner. I hope you have a fantastic 25th next year.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 14, 2022, 05:41:27 am
Great Pics BJ ! Noticed a Frieghter on the Horizon in one  Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 14, 2022, 07:54:33 am
Thanks Bob. I have noticed that the freighter traffic has really picked up this year. Several times Iíve seen three on the horizon at the same time.

Yesterday I finished winterizing the planter. I have the fertilizer and quadris system completely cleaned out and antifreeze run through them.

Washed the planter several times getting all the nooks and crannies. Dried off good and then I use a hand garden sprayer to apply a mixer of hydraulic oil and diesel fuel. Really helps keep our 18 year old planter stay looking good. Fertilizer is really hard on them so it pays to do this prep work before I park it away.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 14, 2022, 08:12:22 am
The wheat is getting closer. I sure hope we can get it off in good condition. As dry as we have been it would be a real kick in the___ to lose it now.

I canít believe how nervous I get about the wheat crop anymore. Iím not the only one. It was one of the most common topics of discussion at the bonfire.

Bjrogg

PS here I am. Outstanding in my field again. About the same spot as the last time I posted from here. You can see the wheat is really turning now.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 14, 2022, 08:13:53 am
Wheat
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on July 14, 2022, 08:18:45 am
Happy 25 years! Looks like the party went well.

That planter sure does look nice for its age. I agree with how fertilizer can rust out the metal. sounds like you use liquid fertilizer. The old planter we have has boxes for granular. Although we do have a tank of nitan for the extra nitrogen in sweet corn at whorl.

Its nice to start to be able to put some equipment to sleep. I have some time before anything I use can get antifreezed. However the boss just got the last 2 acres of sweet corn in the ground on Monday. I was Heading past that way and got a pic from out my back window. Looked like it should make a good pic but looks like everything was too far away to see well.
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The fellas out to start and pick tomatoes and peppers next week, So far so good with them. Actually pretty pleased with those crops so far. After thinking things were going well in the apples it will end up being disappointing after such a cold and wet spring, but will still get some nice fruit its just going to be alot of work at the packing table grading them out. Cant win them all. Still could use the rain here as well. Been running the irrigation pumps all the time now. The large dam(5 acre surface)  is down 3 feet or so, No danger in running out but Lots of extra work when it gets dry.
Mike   
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 14, 2022, 03:05:39 pm
As a kid I would clean a handful of wheat out of the field and put it in my mouth and chew it until it turned into gum, albeit wheat flavored gum but gum nonetheless.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 16, 2022, 07:30:49 am
Good luck with the tomatoís and peppers Mike. My favorite apple tree isnít going to have very many apples this year. You could probably have counted the blossoms on it this spring.

Buckskinner I still do that every year.

We tried a sample of my sonís wheat yesterday but it was still just a little bit too wet.  The ground sure isnít though. Cracked and parched.

Was another really heavy dew again last night and wind is supposed to be off the lake again. Keeps our temperature down and makes it hard to get the wheat dry enough to harvest.

Have my granddaughters birthday party today so will spend some time there and then try the wheat this afternoon.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 16, 2022, 11:24:27 am
Dang, that is dry!  We got good soaker yesterday, rained on off all day.  You are in a tough spot right now whether to wish for rain now or not...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 16, 2022, 10:42:54 pm
We finished my sonís wheat today. It did pretty decent. Not sure what the exact yield was, but I think he is happy. I know heís happy itís off.

Had two combines and a cart going for awhile. Hydraulic line blew out on ours. Hopefully we can either fix it or get a new one.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 16, 2022, 10:44:55 pm
Weíll see what tomorrow brings

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 18, 2022, 06:13:26 am
We started out yesterday morning with a hydraulic line needing to be located, picked up and replaced on our combine.
Also a track that needed to be changed on cart. And a bunch of trucks that needed to be unloaded.

I serviced my sonís combine and he took out trucks. Then I helped my nephew take off old track. We found a cracked idler wheel and my nephew worked at fixing it. I went to town to get combine parts.

Then I took my sonís combine to my grandmas farm and tried the wheat. It was 17.2 moisture so I kept combining.

About a hour later the cart showed up and that speeds things up for the combine. About 1/3 of your time is spent unloading grain from combine. The cart takes my grain on the go right while Iím still combining so it makes me about 30% more efficient time wise.

After about another hour the second combine showed up a things really started to roll. We kept my son very busy hauling wheat to the Coop.

We finished my grandmaís farm. About 100 acres. I donít know the exact yield yet but it was pretty decent especially considering how dry it has been. Really helped it got off to a good start last fall and the ground wasnít compacted. Moisture was good and quality of wheat should be very good so far.

We moved combines and cart to my farm. All the trucks are full so I need to take some out this morning before I service combine.

Really hoping we have a big day today.

Will update when I can

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 21, 2022, 06:58:45 am
Been a busy past few days.

Last Saturday we started out with 530 acres of wheat to harvest.

But first my favorite granddaughters birthday party.

Her mom always makes really cool cakes and they taste good to. This one was a taco theme and it didnít disappoint.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 21, 2022, 07:37:46 am
About 2:00 her father and I said our goodbyes to everyone at the party and headed for his wheat fields. We tried his wheat and it was ready. We took off his 60 acres. It yielded pretty good and quality was excellent.

Sunday started out with one combine down needing a hydraulic line fixed and cart down needing track changed.

I helped in the morning with fixing and running after parts. Then I moved my sonís combine to my grandmaís field. The wheat was ready and I started with one combine and no cart.  After a hour the cart showed up. Then a little later the second coming and we got things clicking. We ended up getting grandmaís finished and combines moved to my farm. We did 100 acres so not bad for how the day started.

Monday we started by my house. Thereís 205 acres here in four fields. It wasnít the greatest combine weather. Was sunny but wind was off the lake and grain didnít dry very good. It was a little higher in moisture than we would have liked but we kept at it. We had a good day and got about 175 acres harvested. The yield was decent 101 by house and 117 in field next to it. Was a good feeling to clear off as much as we did.

Tuesday morning woke up to the wind blowing hard through the night. That keeps the dew off and letís us start combining earlier in the day. There was still about 50 acres left at my place but it was a lot of headlands and fence rows with trees that the wheat still was a little moist.

We decided to move to Wruble farm about seven miles away. Itís 114 acres. We moved everything and started combining about 11:00am . We just finished the field and it started raining. The rain was very spotty. We got anywhere from nothing to a 1.25Ē all of the remaining 105 acres of wheat got rained on.

Wednesday we got some more storms that rolled through. A little more wide spread but still amounts very spotty. One of the beet fields that didnít get anything Tuesday got a splash and one of the navy bean fields that didnít get anything on Tuesday still only got a dust settler.

Iím really glad we got as much wheat off as we did. We got enough to cover our contracts. It yielded decent and was excellent quality. Iím thinking some of the stuff thatís left is going to be our best yielding wheat , but Iím not really optimistic that it will still be good quality. Pretty hard to please everyone, but we really needed the rain we did get and feed wheat should be a decent price if thatís what it becomes.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 21, 2022, 11:21:56 am
The wind blew last night and I cut some heads of wheat to get a falling numbers test run. The wind really helped. It dried the rain off the heads before they started to sprout and the falling numbers are still good.

We are moving stuff back to my place. Hopefully by later this afternoon we can combine.

The clover cover crop sure liked the rain. It was shriveled right up before the rain

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 22, 2022, 03:51:02 am
I thought of You, with all the wind and rains passing thru. For bout an hour Wednesday, had the Severe Weather warnings on TV and Radio. Glad to hear it didn't affect You ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 22, 2022, 07:04:08 am
Thank Bob.

The wind really helped keep our wheat from gaining moisture and trying to sprout. Thatís what causes the starches to change in the kernel and the quality to drop. The heads I cut for falling numbers test were trashed and tested. They passed the test so we moved everything back to my place again.

We started combining about 2:00 and moisture was good. Sent load to town and it passed all the test. Happy Happy as Phil would say. Our goal was to finish the 53 acres by my place. We got that done about 5:45 and moved to our last field. It was a good drying day and our last field was ready now to so we kept going. We finished just before dark and filled every truck we could beg, borrow or steal.

Iím so happy to have our wheat harvest completed. I really enjoy the harvest part, but the constant worry about getting it off and keeping itís quality and covering contracts is really bad on my nerves.

Now I can take a deep breath knowing that we have our most perishable crop harvested. The rest are at least slightly less perishable.lol

Not going to worry about harvesting them yet .

Well thereís still straw to harvest yet but Iím ready for more rain. That wind and heat really saved our wheat harvest but everything else is suffering. Even the fields that did get a rain are withering up and thereís still cracks in the ground.

We are supposed to be hot today yet , but then cool down some and possibly of showers Saturday and Sunday.

We hope the pump is primed now and we can get some more wide spread and soaking rains, but we are very thankful for what we did get.


Gotta go lots of trucks to unload and I need to start spraying beans today.

Will try to post a few pictures when I get a chance

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 22, 2022, 07:32:44 am
The last field

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 24, 2022, 10:38:44 am
Beans are blossoming and itís time for thier first white mold protection.

Huge difference between where they got a rain and where they didnít.

We did get a shower this morning. I had .5Ē in my gauge and itís still sprinkling. Itís not enough yet but itís still very much appreciated.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on July 24, 2022, 07:09:38 pm
Glad you are getting by BJ, we got a little rain here but very spotty also, some got a lot and some got none, went by several corn fields today and they looked very sad, dry and twisted in the field. The beans on my place has got just enough to get by and seems to be doing pretty well now. They are calling for rain every day this week and we could sure use it, creeks and ponds are very low and pastures are brown, the dry is bad enough but it has been in the mid to high 90's for almost a month here and that is unusually for us in July. I am headed north next Sunday for Elm Hall, hope to get into a little cooler weather for a few days. Hope to see you there. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 25, 2022, 11:04:06 am
Hope you get some more rain to Pappy. We have been lucky here by the big lake. Itís been keeping us pretty decent temperature anyway. Lot  cooler here than a few miles inland.

Yesterday my wife and I had a nice day together. First we went to church and meet our new priest. Very nice mass.

Then we went to the China King to eat. Just the two of us. I honestly canít remember the last time we did that. Was very nice.

Then we went to the nursing home and I visited my dad while she visited her mother.

Then on the way home we visited our brother in law who has ALS. It was nice to see him again even though I can see how much he has slipped since the last time I saw him.

Then back home. That took most of the day and we took a little nap. Boy did that feel good.

Today I am taking my wife to the eye specialist in the city. Then we are going to meet our daughter, son in law and grandson at the campgrounds on way home.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 25, 2022, 11:24:05 am
Those are some wide row beans!  We got another good rain Saturday night things are really greening up now. 

Glad you are able to take some R&R, little as it may be.  Do you bail/sell the straw?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 25, 2022, 11:38:35 am
Those are some wide row beans!  We got another good rain Saturday night things are really greening up now. 

Glad you are able to take some R&R, little as it may be.  Do you bail/sell the straw?

Yes we are still in 30Ē row spacing. These are edible beans too. Black Beans and Navy Beans. A lot of guys have switched to 22Ē or even narrower. We have tried test plots in narrow rows, but we find we get to much white mold this close to the lake. It can be absolutely devastating. We try to do as much as we can to prevent it and thereís only so much we can do. Wider row spacing is one of them.

We have several neighbors who buy our straw. They have most of it baled now.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 25, 2022, 11:48:53 am
This baler was making big square bales as fast as we were making windrows with two big combines

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 25, 2022, 12:37:48 pm
Ah those big bails are no fun...  Now thousands of small bails, that's a what I'm talking about! 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 25, 2022, 01:35:05 pm
Yea my son still makes those.

Some things change ad some things stay the same. Iíll take a loader and the big squares myself.lol

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 25, 2022, 09:58:43 pm
That shower really germinated a lot of weeds. I had my  cantaloupe and watermelons totally weed free before the rain.

I hoed them all again tonight lifting each vine out of the way and training them to head in the direction I want them to grow. Hopefully they stay weed free for long enough to choke out any that come again.

My sweet corn is really liking the rain and itís just starting pollination. Wonít be long now.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 26, 2022, 01:04:56 pm
These sugar beets got a couple nice rains the rest of them didnít. They are looking pretty nice now.

We have been very fortunate and all of our sugar beets have gotten at least some rain now.

The temperature has cooled off a bit and getting heavy dewís again. The beets are loving it but so do the diseases. So far it looks like they are staying pretty healthy though.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Outbackbob48 on July 26, 2022, 03:50:34 pm
Bj, the weeds around your cucumbers look like purslane, pick and make ya a salad ;D Big money for purslane at hi end yuppy stores. Crops look good for as dry as it's been. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 26, 2022, 05:28:31 pm
Good eye Outback.

I do eat it sometimes but nobody else in family has tried it yet.

Iím afraid the yuppies wouldnít  like mine. Itís not organic.

My mom always called it cancer weed. She didnít know what it was but no matter what she did with it. It came back. I got wheelbarrows full if you want it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 26, 2022, 06:05:20 pm
Then I purslane all over my garden as well.  I had to go out and try it and it's not bad, slightly sour taste with an okra finish... I'd eat it in a salad for sure.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Outbackbob48 on July 26, 2022, 08:00:12 pm
Thanks for the offer but like everyone I got my own purslane to deal with, weed it clean and after first rain here comes again, I guess it could be worse. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 27, 2022, 10:20:18 pm
We are getting caught up in the fields now for a little while. Lots of stuff to get ready in shop yet though.

We limped through the wheat harvest with our cart. We thought it just needed a track changed. It turned out it needed more than that. Determined it had access wear in two bushings on track frame. One for front spindle and the Main one that hold the whole track frame on the cart frame.

We got track frame off cart and my nephew cut the weld holding the bushings in off. Pretty good headway on this job today. Still a long way from done though. Will have to align everything really carefully before we can weld new bushings in tight. Everything needs to fit perfectly.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 27, 2022, 10:25:48 pm
We will really need this cart for sugar beets. We have to load our trucks with our two carts. We canít get over the high sides on our semi trailers with the beet diggers elevator.

Speaking of which. We have extension on elevator. Still some work to do on it yet and we need to install it on digger yet to.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 30, 2022, 05:24:16 pm
It been a pretty wild last couple days.

A few weeks ago one of the local Sportsmans Clubs asked me if I could bring some of my stuff to their youth mentors day. Iíve done this several times in the past . They havenít done it since Covid and I was glad they decided to start it up again. I told them I would try my best to be there.

My dad has been on a journey for the past two years. He had Alzheimerís extremely bad. He has been trying to go home for a couple years now.

Last night my siblings, their spouses and our step mother gathered with dad.

I wrote him a Aloha letter and read it to him. I told him I wasnít going to tell him goodbye again. I had done that so many times already, thinking it was time when it wasnít yet.

I told him it wasnít up to me as to when it was time. I told him it was okay if he did though and that we would be okay. That we would remember him and pray for him. That he was a good father and had done a good job of raising us to be people this world could use more of. That we all just wanted what was best for him.

I told him all that and a bunch more.

Then I told him Aloha. Hello, goodbye and until we meet again.

We all told him our deepest wishes for him and how much we loved him.

I think it was one of those very rare moments where deep down inside somewhere he actually understood.

I know it sounds terrible but I left feeling better and hoping I didnít see him suffer anymore.

This morning I woke up remembering I had promised to take my stuff to the youth mentor day.

I really didnít know if I was still going to. I didnít have anything packed and itís a quite a bit of work to pack it all up. Haul it 35 miles set it all back up again. Show it to kids and parents for four hours answering the same questions over and over again. Pack it all back up haul it 35 miles back home. Unload it and sit it all back up again.

I didnít think about it very long. I knew I needed to.

I knew I would enjoy it.

I knew the kids and parents would to and I really think stuff like this is important.

I didnít take quite as much stuff as I normally would have, but it was plenty enough for everyone to look at .

I told the people who invited me when they thanked me for coming that I was glad to do it and I was glad they did all the work to organize it.

I told them about my dad and that I really needed to do this anyway.

As the kids started arriving my phone started receiving text.

My stepmother text saying they thought dad wasnít going to be long.
That he was nearing the end of his journey.

I continued with the mentor day and like I knew I would. I felt very relaxed and happy for my dad. I enjoyed seeing all the young kids just starting their journey knowing my dad was ending one and starting another.

I stayed pretty busy with the kids and parents and occasionally got a chance to glance at the text on my phone.

And there it was. My dad had taken his last breath. He started his next journey. I felt so happy for him.

After the kids and parents were gone I packed everything up and headed home. I stopped at my dads sister in laws and told her in person. My dadís brother had taken this same journey several years ago and she understood completely.

Then I went home. Unloaded my stuff. Sit it all back up again and contacted friends and family.

I guess thatís maybe why Iím writing this now. I do consider many of you friends and almost like family.

No need to be sorry. I really lost my dad years ago. Now I just feel happy for him and know he has a wonderful journey ahead.

Thanks for reading this.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Piddler on July 30, 2022, 07:16:54 pm
Sincere condolences bjrogg. May your mind be at ease.
Piddler
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: paulsemp on July 30, 2022, 08:00:58 pm
Certainly a rough road to travel down buddy. It's hard to say out loud but he's definitely in a better place. I'll be at elm hall on Saturday only and if you're there we'll cheers a beer to your pops.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 30, 2022, 08:41:16 pm
Thanks piddler. I really do appreciate the condolences. My mind is very much at ease. The last few months have been extremely difficult and tiring. Iím glad my dad can rest now.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 30, 2022, 08:47:12 pm
Certainly a rough road to travel down buddy. It's hard to say out loud but he's definitely in a better place. I'll be at elm hall on Saturday only and if you're there we'll cheers a beer to your pops.

Thanks Paul. Weíve had some interesting conversation about life and death you and I. I know in my mind my dad is in a much better place. I truly believe that. His mind is clear . His conversations with old friends whoíve gone before him are once again interesting and he is with my mom again. Iím so happy for him.

I have missed him for a long time now. Now we are at peace.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on July 31, 2022, 04:11:37 am
God Bless BJ. I have been in the exact situation, with both Parents. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 31, 2022, 07:27:10 am
God Bless BJ. I have been in the exact situation, with both Parents. Bob


Thank Bob.

Iím sure that was very difficult.

Iím sure you have some idea how myself and my family feel now.

We have missed my dad for a long time already. It has been a difficult journey but we know he is a peace now. That does give us much relief.

It doesnít stop the missing him. It does help very much though. We still miss him and many tear already have fallen and Iím sure many more will in the near future.

It does make it easier to remember the really good memories. I believe they will replace some of the very difficult ones as time goes on.

Thank You

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 31, 2022, 09:42:30 am
My condolences,  BJ.  Going through that is a very difficult process with lots of conflicting  emotions.

I went through same situation with my dad several years ago, he had a very aggressive alzheimer's that took him from an active farmer to a unrecognizable form over a very short period.

The night before going into hospice he had a very bad turn and at his hospital bed I leaned down and gave him a hug and said I love you dad and he said I love you Scott.  It was the only understandable words that came out of his mouth that I'm aware of, for a second he was coherent and it shook me to my soul.  He was gone a week later.

It is a blessing when it's finally over yet so painful at the same time.

God bless, BJ.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 31, 2022, 10:22:56 am
Thanks Scott. My dad wasnít able to talk for several months now. Before when he was it wasnít anything that was understandable.

The really strange thing is. Since he quit being able to talk I have had more of those seconds where I really think deep down he recognized me.

Anybody going through this. I would like them to know. Although it almost always seems like your loved one doesnít know you or know your even there. Those seconds do happen.

I visited my dad on my birthday. I told him hello dad. Itís BJ. Itís my birthday today. 61 years ago today I made you a dad for the first time.

He hadnít opened his eyes or sat up in months.

He suddenly opened his eyes wide. Sat up and looked right at me. He was trying to say something but couldnít.

I told him it was okay. I know dad. He got a smile. Closed his eyes and laid back down.

When I visited him I read him articles I wrote for PA magazine. It seemed to make him comfortable. I donít know if it mattered what I said, but I think somewhere deep inside he still recognized my voice and it gave him comfort

Just a few of those seconds made a huge difference to me.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on July 31, 2022, 10:29:57 am
And hereís one that shows you never forget how to ride a bike. At this point in his life he only remembered a few of us. Even then not always.

He climbed on this bicycle in the shop and started riding it around. The shop was nearly empty and he had room to get up some speed. He was giggling like a little child. It was awesome

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on July 31, 2022, 12:38:36 pm
Those pics made me smile, thanks for sharing.  He looks like a guy I'd have liked to have known.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 01, 2022, 07:24:56 am
Those pics made me smile, thanks for sharing.  He looks like a guy I'd have liked to have known.

Thanks Scott.

Iím sure he would have liked to meet you to. He wasnít shy for a old farm boy. He loved visiting with people.

Yesterday funeral arrangements were made and my sister and I wrote his obituary.

I never dreamed I would write as many things as I have. I was terrible in English and composition. My sister is the teacher. We both have been gifted a way with words. Iíve written a quite a few articles, poems and letters. That was the hardest writing assignment either of us ever had.

Itís going to be a busy week.

Grandkids at the fair. They have goat show today. Rabbit show tomorrow and feeder calf show Thursday.

Then sale day Friday.

Iím going to try get to goat show today, but thatís probably going to be it for me.

I was hoping to sneak out to Elm Hall shoot, but I donít think thatís going to happen either.

Safe travels to everyone going to Elm Hall. Will miss you all
Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on August 01, 2022, 08:54:10 am
So sorry for your loss, Brian.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 01, 2022, 08:59:50 am
So sorry for your loss, Brian.

Thank You Pat but Donít be sorry.

My loss was long ago.

This is the start of a new adventure for my dad . He always loved going to new places.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on August 01, 2022, 12:17:01 pm
That's a great way to think about it.  8)
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 01, 2022, 08:58:24 pm
Went to the fair to see the goat show today. Was a welcome distraction and good time spent with the grandkids.

Iím always a proud grandpa. But was really proud when my favorite granddaughter got Grand Champion with a goat she has raised from her own herd.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 01, 2022, 09:11:25 pm
Then I got a few of dads things together.

They give me good memories.

His two handed catchers mitt he had in high school.

His fishing pole

He was a lifetime Tigers fan through thick and thin. His Cabrera triple crown signed bat and ball.

He made the wooden semi truck and trailer.

And a bundle of wheat from my field

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 02, 2022, 09:08:24 am
My dadís farm got some rain a couple weeks ago and the black beans are looking really nice.

We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow. We got some on my brothers farm yesterday and it was very much needed there.

Maybe dad can put in a word for us and pull a few strings.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on August 02, 2022, 09:55:39 am
Great to see that your granddaughter is participating in the livestock show and a champion to boot!  It is a great experience for the kids in so many ways. I showed steers and hogs at county and WI State Fair through my youth, sold them at the county auction and that put me through college.  I still support the auction and bought a lamb a couple weeks ago, looking forward to picking it up and having a lamb-burger!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 02, 2022, 10:16:07 am
Thanks Scott.

Yes itís really good for the kids. Her two brothers show to and they all work hard at it. They didnít place as high but Iím proud of them to.

Their mother is a Ag teacher, FFA Advisor and 4-H leader.

They have a pretty large inventory of animals now. They did a financial statement this spring and had over $7,000 worth of goats. Thatís before the animals grew and many were still kid goats. They have been breeding and raising them for several years now and Iím pretty proud she got Grand Champion with one of her home grown goats. Even beat out the fancy high priced kids.

They also have a lot of rabbits and several feeder steers. They have a lot of chore to do and I think thatís a good thing.

They also know the struggles and joys of raising animals. They have enjoyed them. Been frustrated by them . Watch and assisted in their births and cried over their deaths.

I really do wish everyone could experience that.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on August 02, 2022, 12:30:17 pm
Amen!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on August 03, 2022, 09:02:07 am
My condolences BJ. Sorry to hear.

Congrats on that grad champion!

Your beets look good there, your cart reminds me when we use to grow potatoes and the pull behind digging equipment that went along with the process

Tomato, peppers, lopes, cuks, zuks, corn and some other stuff getting picked here now. Things getting busy. About 3 weeks till ginger gold apples will be ready and that will start the main crop for me.

Much more going on, hope to get more free time to post some stuff soon, but cant right now everything just hitting me at the same time.  so just checking in.
Mike           
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 04, 2022, 10:24:06 am
Definitely understand the to busy to post Mike.

Thanks so much.

Wish you a safe and bountiful harvest.

I woke yesterday morning and looked at my radar. It looked like we were going to for sure get rain. As the morning progressed it all just petered out.

I got ready for dadís funeral gathered up stuff I wanted to take up in procession. Headed for church. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful Service. Well attended especially for a 85 year old man who has been searching for home for the past three years.

After the service we went to the cemetery and still no rain. Nothing on the radar either. I was feeling a little down but it was so good to see so many people I hadnít seen in to long. We ate and visited and most all had left. We were cleaning up the hall and it started a beautiful rain. It continued the rest of the day. I think everything we farm got at beautiful inch or better rain. We needed it so badly and the timing was perfect.

I was certain dad was home already, but this definitely reassured me. I think he even got to pull a few strings.

Some of my cousins stayed overnight and Iím spending some time with them today.

As Pappy says Life is Good

Enjoy it everyone

Bjrogg

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 04, 2022, 09:07:31 pm
I had a really relaxing and enjoyable day.

A couple of my cousins stayed overnight and one of them spent the whole day here yet today. When I was a kid he spent a couple summers working with my dad. He grew up in the city and loved working with my dad on the farm. He was a few years older than me, but I can remember it.

When he graduated school he joined the army and was stationed overseas. When he came back he moved out of the city to the upper peninsula. We really had a good visit and got a lot of the worldís problems solved. It was just very pleasant and I showed him around.

He reluctantly left about 6:00 this afternoon.

Iím really hoping we can do it again soon.

After he left I did some hoeing in the garden.

The rain was so welcome. Everything looks so much better.

You can literally smell everything growing today

Got a couple watermelons and cantaloupe developing

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on August 05, 2022, 05:22:10 am
Glad You got that Rain BJ - God works in Mysterious ways, Dad was smiling for sure. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 05, 2022, 05:56:20 am
Glad You got that Rain BJ - God works in Mysterious ways, Dad was smiling for sure. Bob


Sure does Bob. My niece has been looking for a house for months. Yesterday they found just what they were looking for and made a offer. Guess weíll see if they get it

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on August 05, 2022, 10:19:21 am
Your Dad could finally get back to work, Brian, with the rain and finding the perfect house for your niece. What's he got planned for you guys next?
 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 05, 2022, 11:17:59 am
Your Dad could finally get back to work, Brian, with the rain and finding the perfect house for your niece. What's he got planned for you guys next?

Thanks Pat.

Everyone likes feeling useful

It is so amazing how fast everything greened up. The beans are setting pods. Looks like the first blossoms had a few that took.

I can see a bunch of tiny one just starting to

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 05, 2022, 11:19:30 am
Can barely tell which way the rows are planted here at dadís now

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 08, 2022, 07:30:59 am
Was just heading home from work the other night and a couple of my cousins called. We didnít get much time to visit at the funeral and they were wondering if we could go to the beach. Had another nice bonfire and really good visit with more of my cousins.

Just something special about this place. As my cousin Chris says. Itís a good place to reboot your soul.

The weather has been foggy and humid now. The environment is good for growing and for fungus type diseases.

I applied white mold protection to our beans. The windmills where completely hidden by the fog when I first got there in the morning. By the time I refilled sprayer the fog was starting to lift and you could see all but the top of them.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 08, 2022, 07:40:10 am
Yesterday my son thought his rye might be dry enough. It was hot and very humid. The rye is for seed for cover crops. It has to be dry enough to not heat and ruin its germinate. I took the combine and header to the field and got a sample. It was 15.1 moisture and I harvested it. It should keep at that moisture.

After we finished we used a cordless leaf blower to clean up the combine a bit . This really helps add years to a combineís life.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on August 08, 2022, 08:03:53 pm
It almost always rains when a farmer is laid to rest. Rained like the dickens the day we buried my dad and can't tell you how many others farmer funerals I've been to and it's rained.

It's blessing from God and your dad, BJ!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on August 10, 2022, 01:08:28 am
Good to see you guys getting some of your crop in. Your beans are looking nice. Its been wet and humid here for the last few weeks. Crazy how fast it can go from so dry to too wet.
Going to have the crew get a few bins of ginger golds on friday so I can pack some for the market on Saturday. Checked the sugar in them yesterday and their just at 12 brix so hope they sweeten up just a bit more but really like to start early with them. Took a look at some honey crisp the other day and they are coming along good, It will be the first good harvest off these trees so looking forward to how they produce. 
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Another month and we should be starting on them.
I interrupted an armyworm's breakfast the other morning in the last planting of corn.
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They just started to arrive from the south so I'll have to keep tabs on them. They can cause a problems for me in a hurry.
Mike               
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 14, 2022, 08:29:32 am
I know that to busy to post feeling Mike.

Itís been a crazy busy week here to.

Yup it always takes a long time to get to dry but it can get to wet in a hurry.

We certainly arenít to wet here yet. The only real rain we got was on my dadís funeral day. Still very great full for it. Sure could use some more. My lawn is starting to turn brown again. We are definitely farming a depleted subsoil now.

One of the reasons we bought the sprayer we did is that itís designed especially for spraying tall corn. In the past this job was done by the airplane. This sprayer has cones over the wheel rims to smoothy guide the tall corn stalks around them. It also is very  tall so it clears the top of lots of corn. The bottom of unit is covered with smooth removable panels so it doesnít tear up or break over the corn.
There are two ďwandsĒ for sensing the corn rows and steering  between them.
The sprayer boom is designed to raise very high. The center section right in front of the cab can be switched off and a section behind unit turned on to keep from driving through the sprayed corn.

I sprayed almost 2,000 acres this week for neighbors.

Itís a pretty crazy job.

Kinda like being in a corn maze. Itís easy to get lost in the tall corn. It would certainly be difficult without the GPS.

I took a couple pictures and a video. The pictures donít really do the job justice, but I canít post the video. Just have to imagine that you are driving 9 mph through a 10í tall corn crop. 9 mph might not seem very fast to you but Iím pretty sure if you were sitting in the drivers seat youíd think it was.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 14, 2022, 08:40:55 am
The crop duster was doing a field a couple miles away.

I have to admit I was a little jealous. I always thought I could really get into aerial application work. I love this kind of flying.

This guy is pulling some pretty serious Gís . Heís banking 90 degrees about 110í off the deck. Going a lot faster than 10 mph to.

I have a video of him I canít post either and this isnít a great picture but itís always fun watching these guys and gals.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 14, 2022, 09:52:11 am
My dadís cousin passed away. He was 86 and a good friend of my dads. He actually married my dads sister in law after my dadís brother passed away.

My cousin came back for his funeral and we got together with some friends at the beach for a bonfire.

Was a beautiful night. Prefect temperature for a bonfire. The full moon rising over the lake was amazing. I know Iíve said it before, but this is really a special place. Wish you all could be here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 14, 2022, 09:53:16 am
Full moon rising
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on August 15, 2022, 03:52:58 am
That Corn Sprayer, is pretty cool. Good Beach pics  - can't go wrong there  (=) ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 15, 2022, 07:06:59 am
Thanks Bob wish I could post the video. It makes you dizzy watching the corn fly by.

Hereís another beach picture for you. There were several freighters on the horizon. Took a picture of this one for you

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on August 15, 2022, 08:22:25 am
Sorry to hear about you loss BJ, thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on August 15, 2022, 11:09:31 am
Always liked August, chasing Silver Fish out near the Shipping Channel. Up close and Personal with the Freighters  (lol). Thanks for posting - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 15, 2022, 09:47:56 pm
Sorry to hear about you loss BJ, thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
 Pappy

Thanks Pappy. We really appreciate the thoughts and prayers. They are very welcome.

Would have liked to get to Elm Hall to see everyone but it wasnít in the big plan

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on August 16, 2022, 08:23:21 am
So true BJ, Missed you but understand, Prov. 16:9 always applies. Beautiful pictures of the beach by the way. Looks very peaceful.  :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 17, 2022, 06:53:28 am
Finished spraying corn yesterday and cleaned up my sprayer. Driving through the tall corn is kinda messy. Flowers from the tassels get in all the knocks and crannies.

I opened all the access panels and blew them out good with the air compressor hose .

Then I washed it good with the power washer. Fixed a couple fittings I had to make a field fix on when I didnít have the proper fittings. Tested everything out with clean water again and made sure everything was in working order.

Iím also taking care of my sonís cattle for a few days. They were happy to see me. Some really nice looking steers in this barn . They look like they are pretty happy here.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 18, 2022, 03:04:36 pm
Was feeding my sonís cattle this morning and the aerial applicator was eating up some acres. Did the farm next door.

Had to stop and watch. Took pictures of one pass.

I really do still have the bug to try that, but Iím probably getting a little old to start that game anymore.

Still fun to watch though

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 18, 2022, 03:08:44 pm
Just starting to pull up on the last picture.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on August 18, 2022, 11:36:03 pm
No where around here flat or large enough for a crop duster. But I did see one years ago I think we were driving through Arkansas. He was doing some crazy turns. I'll always remember that.

Here's a pic from the cab of my boom in some 10' ornamental corn(Indian corn). Sweet corn don't get that tall anymore, but back when I was a picker Silver King would get 10-12' high. Use to have a hard time throwing it into the truck or wagon if you were a few rows out.
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I do 3.5 mph with this sprayer so 9 mph is flying for me BJ :)
Tried to get a good pick of the tomato field thats producing right now. Very well might be some of the nicest stuff I've seen in 30 years. Plants are still good and healthy so thats a hugh plus. 8 weeks till we start final pick so the count down is on. This field is just over an acre.
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I had a crew sort pick 400 honey crisp trees in the new orchard, (Premiere) an early variety. Didn't use bins but they went straight into 1/2 bu boxes to reduce handling. Got almost 5 full skids so not bad for the first pick in new trees. I suppose they will be in full production in 2 more years and we'll get 2x that. But these will all get sold retail in the market by the pound and there is nothing to cull out.
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I'll be shifting gears now and start to spend much of my time washing/grading apples like the ginger golds below. Got Gala coming in as soon as I get a bit more color on them, as well as a new variety Crimson crisp. I hope I can have they guys go over them before next weekend, but not sure how fast they will ripen up. Same with the main season honey crisp. And it will go on and on for the next 6+weeks. One of my main pickers had to go home for a family emergency and he took his nephew with him so I'll be down 2 pickers for a spell. I hope all goes as well as it can for them. I have not picked with the crew for a number of years now but may have to see if I can still keep up with the young bucks. Tomorrow we will start to finish up ginger golds, depends on how many pickers I can get on weather or not we will finish them off or continue on Saturday.
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Maybe I'll be able to get a few more pics here when I post some from the arrow trade but I may be done until things slow down. Hard to say how much free time Ill have till end of October. I do my best work in my shop when I'm busy at the farm lol. Best wishes BJ for getting your crops in. I suppose you'll be in the combine Deep into November, I hope to get some down time before that:)
Mike                     
       
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 19, 2022, 07:57:52 am
Thanks for sharing your operation Mike.

I find it all very interesting. They certainly have developed some really amazing varieties of apples. They are so sweet, tasty and crisp. Not to mention huge. Some of them are getting so big I canít hardly eat a whole apple.

I wish you a safe and successful harvest. Hope you find enough help and get your crop in. If not I hope you can still show the young bucks how itís done. That usually inspires them just knowing you have done it all to.

I debated weather or not I was going to post this. Iíve gone to so many funerals lately itís kinda scary.

I didnít want to turn this post into a downer.

I guess I just canít ignore it though.

Today I have another funeral to go to.

Itís one I knew was coming for a few years now and definitely knew it was coming for the past few months and weeks.

My brother in law was diagnosed with ALS about 3 1/2 years ago. He was what I would call a proud man. He was taken to early, but in his lifetime he did so much good.

He was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother in law. ALS is a nasty disease that takes its victims in a rather undignified way. My brother in law showed so much dignity through the whole fight. He leaves a very sad , but well raised family. They will very much miss him, but he has prepared them well. I know they will do well. I know he is proud of them and they are proud of him. And Iím proud of all of them.

Sorry to bring another passing, but living in this area I know so many of my neighbors and helping others cope with their grief is something we may struggle with, but we certainly try to support however we can. Some are harder than others. This one is going to hurt for awhile.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 19, 2022, 09:35:33 pm
Sweet corn is perfect right now. Will be to busy to freeze it for a couple days. Did do a little tonight. Sweet and tender. Just right for eating off the cob.

Grateful for the sweet corn and being able to enjoy another sunset.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on August 20, 2022, 03:38:15 am
Thoughts and Prayers sent Bud, sorry for Your loss ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on August 20, 2022, 08:30:48 am
That is beautiful corn. I always grew a corn patch every three years and vacuum sealed what I grew for the freezer. I put up enough the last time to last 4 years and surprisingly it was as good 4 years later as when I put it up.

I restocked this year but old age has caught up with me so I made a trip to the local Amish community and bought my corn for $3.50-$4.00 a dozen rather than grow it myself. I have put countless tons of manure in my garden spot over the years and keeping the weeds out of my corn patch is a very labor-intensive job which I can no longer do.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 20, 2022, 10:52:55 am
Thoughts and Prayers sent Bud, sorry for Your loss ! Bob


Thanks Bob.

They are very welcome
and much appreciated.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 20, 2022, 11:02:55 am
That is beautiful corn. I always grew a corn patch every three years and vacuum sealed what I grew for the freezer. I put up enough the last time to last 4 years and surprisingly it was as good 4 years later as when I put it up.

I restocked this year but old age has caught up with me so I made a trip to the local Amish community and bought my corn for $3.50-$4.00 a dozen rather than grow it myself. I have put countless tons of manure in my garden spot over the years and keeping the weeds out of my corn patch is a very labor-intensive job which I can no longer do.


Thanks Eric. It could have used a little more rain but itís looking pretty good yet.

I remember one spring one of my friends had been watching a lot of home and garden TV. He decided he wanted to turn part of his lawn into garden. I helped him till a spot. He wanted something four times as big.

I told him heíd be able to grow plenty of weeds in the area we tilled already.

A few weeks later he said I was right.

He grew enough weed seeds in that spot to last another 200 years and then he turned it back into lawn.

Itís sometimes a shame that it takes a young back to work in the garden.

The older I get the more I appreciate a nice garden.

Iíve seen pictures of yours in the past and they were well taken care of.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 22, 2022, 07:22:06 am
Had a nice rain Saturday evening. I ended up getting .7Ē my brother got 1.5Ē and my nephew got .9Ē

It was certainly needed and welcome.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 22, 2022, 07:36:19 am
I picked several bags of sweet corn and my wife and daughter husked it.

Then I boiled it and blanched it in the kids swimming pool. Really helps keep the heat and humidity out of the house.

Then my wife cut it off the cob and I bagged it in freezer bags and put it in freezer.

Had to sample several cobs for quality control. They all passed inspection. Em em good

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 22, 2022, 07:38:18 am
Everyone was a good tired after that. With a good feeling of accomplishment

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on August 22, 2022, 01:42:45 pm
Wow, that corn looks good!  Ours won't be ready for another week or two.  Tomatoes just starting to get ripe, too, and more summer squash and raspberries than we know what to do with.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 26, 2022, 07:25:53 am
Picked first tomato yesterday WB. Sure is hard to beat the flavor of fresh from the garden sweet corn and tomatoes.
Pretty much everything fresh out of the garden.

The guys have been working at getting stuff ready in the shop. We have a lot of stuff to get ready and make repairs on.

Iíve been working in the fields, but Iím thinking I should be able to help in the shop today.

The first navyís we planted are starting to turn. Iím thinking about another two weeks maybe three.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 26, 2022, 07:30:22 am
Itís hard to believe as dry as itís been, but Iím finding white mold in some of our beans. Iím hoping it doesnít spread to much. Itís late enough in the season now that hopefully it doesnít hurt our harvest seriously. This can be a very devastating disease for us. Cool temperatures and heavy dews are the perfect environment for it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 26, 2022, 07:33:57 am
When I got home last night I finished picking the first row of sweet corn. Then I cut the stalks off and put them in my pickup bed. Then I spread them out in my field.

I did this to give my cantaloupe and watermelon a little more room.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 27, 2022, 07:41:19 am
Havenít had much time to work on personal projects lately.

Last night I put in some personal overtime and put my new ladder stand together. Then I watched the sunset

I put in a food plot this year and I know right where I want to set this stand up. Hopefully I can find the time to get it done.

Today the grandkids are coming over to help me with sweet corn. Itís always good to have their help. Especially since they are getting big enough to really help.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on August 27, 2022, 11:18:51 pm
Looks like you had a good assembly line going for putting up the corn, like how you used the kiddy swimming pool. The wife and I put up about 8 doz. a few weeks ago. First year with out any kids living full time in the house so not sure if that will be too little or too much. So long as we still have some for Christmas and Easter dinners it will all be good.
We didn't grow any beans this year, Thats probably a good thing, doubt we would have had the labor to hand harvest snap beans. But I have seen that mold before....glad you think your far enough along it will not cause major issues.
Had the guys start on some Jona Macs and Gala. I hope by Monday they can get the gala in the old orchard picked off and we can start on the ones in the new orchard, they are some pretty apples. Its kinda the calm before the storm right now. Just trying plug along at things waiting for the main season apples to ripen up.
Mike           
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 30, 2022, 07:53:04 pm
Saturday we really got the assembly line going.

Not sure how many quart bags will filled but had to be close to fifty. And three ice cream buckets for the holidays.

We should have plenty of corn now. My wife uses it in a lot of the dishes she makes up. It really adds flavor to them. Nothing like the canned stuff from the store.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 30, 2022, 07:59:43 pm
Was planning on getting some play time jobs done Sunday but came down with a stomach flue and was in no shape for anything.

Monday was still pretty wozzy but managed to get my ladder stand up. And trim around a couple other ones.

My first real food plot.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on August 31, 2022, 03:24:20 am
Looks like a great place to Stick a Deer BJ  (SH) :-D ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on August 31, 2022, 07:20:21 am
Looks like a great place to Stick a Deer BJ  (SH) :-D ! Bob


Sure hoping so Bob. Iíve been thinking about doing this for a couple years now. I can see them giving me a good shot already.

Bjrogg

PS when the leaves drop Iíll have a good view of the sunrise over the lake to the east just down the hill.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 01, 2022, 01:08:55 pm
Navyís are getting closer. These were our first ones planted and they didnít get much rain. They aborted most of the later pods. They quit blossoming weeks ago. Thereís a few green pods now but they are coming along.

Iím thinking maybe a week and half.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on September 01, 2022, 02:49:23 pm
Coming along nicely. Son-in-law have there lentils done and going to be durum next. Average yield, but with the lack of rain it coulda been worse
Thanks Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on September 10, 2022, 07:45:46 am
Down to the last few acres of sweet corn for the season, Ill not having it as a option for dinner every night but Ill be glad to move on from keeping the worms at bay. A good year, we were able to sell our own every day since the 4th of July. You never know how pick dates will turn out when you plant the stuff. Had to walk away from the zuks because the deer have been eating them off the plants before the flower starts to wilt and no one has time to stand gaurd any more :) Too many tomatos, but have given the local food bank maybe 200 bu up to this point. so its good to see them being used to help out the local folks in need.

Did a starch test on some new varieties(daybreak fuji/crimson crisp) the other day. I recall doing it as a kid in grade school with potatoes. I wanted to see how much starch had been converted to sugars. The brix(sugar content) was reading very high but figured I'd do it anyway to double check if I should have the fellas start picking.
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Halves on left have the iodine on and halves on right do not. Looks like there is very little starch left, time to come off to sell now, they will not hold in storage very long. But the best test is taking a bite, I dont eat apples any other time of the year but I make up for it this time of the year. Got a 1000 bu in the cooler as of now but the main season varities will be coming in within the next 2 weeks it looks like. Coffee done best head out.
Mike               
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 07:13:45 am
Thanks for sharing and Mike.

Itís been crazy busy around here getting stuff ready for bean and sugar beet harvest.

I did manage last weekend to finish up my point for the trade in flint knapping section

And my arrow for arrow trade. Got them both sent out Wednesday. Hopefully they survive the trip.

Bjrogg


Hereís a couple pictures
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 07:20:59 am
Itís still been very, very dry here yet.

Our well ran out of water a couple weeks ago and I have been hauling water for my well and garden every chance I get.

My melons are really liking the water

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 07:28:42 am
I think Iím finished with the sprayer for the year. Thatís always a good feeling.

I did look at some of our field corn. Its really variable. This is a good spot. Nice cobs filled right out to the end. Lots of places where there arenít any cobs. Wish it all looked like this.

My son is going to run out of high moisture corn for his cattle pretty soon. Hopefully we can find something to harvest to get him by.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 07:33:20 am
We got together with the kids and grandkids for a camping trip to our county park. It only a few miles from my house so it works out pretty good even when Iím really busy.

Had a two ring fire and it looked like someone put a little copper in it to my eye. A beautiful night and a beautiful fire.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 07:39:31 am
We did harvest some black beans for a good friend and neighbor last Friday. Bean looked really good quality. Way to dry though. We donít like handling them when they are so dry as they split really bad and we get deducted for splits. We did get a few spotty showers over weekend and some cloudy days. Hopefully that puts a little more moisture in the beans and helps with harvest. Usually we donít want rain for bean harvest

Bjrogg

Sorry no pictures of bean harvest yet , but we should be really busy in them by mid week
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 12, 2022, 01:56:32 pm
I cut down 4 rows of sweet corn stalks yesterday afternoon and spread them out in my field.

Then I did a little practice shooting from my new ladder stand.

Not to bad , but I need some more practice yet.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on September 12, 2022, 05:55:52 pm
Not a bad group for starters!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on September 12, 2022, 07:22:56 pm
Nice shooting, Brian. When does your season open?
 By the way, I got my trade arrow in the mail today. Beautiful and well made. Is the shaft hill cane?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on September 13, 2022, 03:07:44 am
That was a Fine looking Arrow/Point ! Good luck with the crops and Hunting, season is just around the corner  :-D . Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 13, 2022, 06:13:05 am
Thanks WB. I need to keep working at it so I can do it by instinct.

Thanks PatB glad you got your arrow in one piece. Yes I believe it is hill cane that you sent me a few years ago. Our bow hunting season starts October 1. Sure hoping I can sneak out and get some hunting in. Going to be really short handed though.

Thanks Bob. Yes your right. Hunting season is right around the corner. Hopefully things work out and I get to spend some time in my trees

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 16, 2022, 06:24:31 am
For the past few days my nephew has been working at harvesting Navy Beans and I have been harvesting Black Beans.

Yesterday I had all the black beans that were ready harvested and I cleaned out my combine and went to help my nephew with the navyís. We have to clean out combine and trucks when we switch between the different colored beans. The processors donít like black beans in the white navies or navies in the blacks. Soybeans are even a bigger problem.

It was a good thing I helped as my nephew had a break down and I had to finish the navies by myself. We did get them.

Today switch back to blacks. Fix on both combines and see if any blacks are ready now.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on September 16, 2022, 08:35:57 am
I've been out a while and you've stayed busy as usual and fall is right around the corner.   That must be a bugger cleaning out the combine when switching to different beans!

The big rain must not have hit you guys, we got 5 inches while I was bear hunting and just south of us got 11, thankfully that missed us!

Good luck on your harvest.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on September 18, 2022, 07:33:40 am
Looks like you got some nice mellons coming along BJ. Also great looking arrow you sent out for the trade.

Best wishes on your bean harvest.

I had the crew long enough this week to get some golds picked for longer term storage, 30 bins. They are a bit green now but will ripen up slowly over time in the cooler. I hope they will be ready for retail sale come December.
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Only grow a few acres of pumpkins now a days but they are about 2 weeks off yet. Some powdery mildew in them but it looks like an average crop.
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Not really farm related but after a long time of not bow hunting I'm finally going to get back to it this year i hope. So was putting a new ladder stand together in the tractor shed the other evening. Then I heard the buzz overhead. Seems one of the local hives thought they needed to find a better home. Odd time of the year for a swarm and not the best timing for me lol. They would have left me alone but after a bit I figured I better just go home lol. They were there the next morning  still but had left by mid afternoon. One of these days I'm going to collect a few swarms and start a few of my own hives but too many other projects atm and this small swarm was a bit too high to get at easy. Most folks dont have these kind of issues at the office haha.
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Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 18, 2022, 09:22:23 am
Thanks for sharing Mike.

Those apples look really nice. We donít have much for apples this year. The ones we do have are very small.

I see quite a few pumpkins on wagons for sale around the area now.

My muskmelons are getting to the end. They were a little small but very tasty. I probably should have watered them earlier but we donít have enough water in our well for the house let alone the garden.

We e have plenty for ourselves and enough to share with a few close friends.

My watermelons arenít quite ready yet. My wife and I love eating watermelon standing over the kitchen sink. Em I canít wait.

Scott you are correct about the being a pain cleaning out the combines when switching bean colors. My son and I probably spent at least a hour cleaning out the navy beans. My nephew spent another half hour cleaning his. We still had a few white beans in the sample and they probably cost us a couple grand. Iím about to give up on Navyís. The market is shrinking and right now the price is $4 a cwt less than Blacks. They are much riskier to grow and donít yield any better. In the past they were a premium, but now at a discount itís not a very good economic decision.

We did finish our beans yesterday and got all the beans my son had ready. One thing nice about no rain is we can sure get a lot of work done.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 18, 2022, 09:23:24 am
In the last field

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 18, 2022, 09:24:57 am
Our yields have been higher but our quality is excellent.

Hereís a tease of that beautiful bean footage.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 18, 2022, 09:27:02 am
And then we worked at my grandsons field. He helped me out and things got interesting. Love having him ride along and we took a selfie

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 21, 2022, 07:12:05 am
My son finished up the last of his black beans yesterday. We still have some to do for a couple neighbors but we are done with ours. So far itís been the easiest edible bean harvest I can remember.
No rain days. At least nothing that amounted to anything.

My brother and I started planting wheat. He has been working at fall tillage working the clover cover crop up. We normally would have left it longer but itís so dry it hasnít been growing anyway. He has chemo and radiation next month five days a week so we are going to be missing him then. Might as well get as much done as we can now. We decided to terminate the clover. Spread rye for a winter cover and do our tillage.

I was thinking about no till wheat and letting him stay at fall tillage. I tried about 21 acres but decided to have him work it ahead.

I have a little moisture. Not much. Hopefully I can get this wheat up and itís gets enough rain to keep it alive. We are still very dry

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 21, 2022, 02:46:03 pm
Well hereís something I havenít had in a while. A rain day

Started planting wheat this morning and the sky was looking a little like rain.

The tractor my brother is doing the tillage with is our newest tractor and the one that makes the most trouble.

Iím sure itís just another sensor, but it just decided it wasnít going to move and stopped right under the windmill.

My nephew had to help him pull it out of the field.

They know more than got it to the buildings and I got seed wagon and grain drill inside and it started raining.

Really spotty but we got .7Ē here so thatís good. Wish it was all planted now. Itís okay though. Itís early yet.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 21, 2022, 02:48:04 pm
If you look at the base of the windmill you can see my brother in his tractor. Gives you a little idea how big these mills are.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 21, 2022, 02:50:35 pm
Tractor towed to the yard. Sitting in the rain

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on September 22, 2022, 05:00:20 am
Thought of You , when I heard the Storm Warnings, that went up for Your area yesterday. Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on September 22, 2022, 08:14:15 am
Very dry here also BJ, calling for a little chance today and then none for another week or so, September is usually a dry month for us anyway but with the dry summer it has made it worse. Leaves are drying up and falling like late fall. Woods are really opening up. I have no crops to plant so I guess it;s ok for now.  :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 23, 2022, 06:13:19 am
Thought of You , when I heard the Storm Warnings, that went up for Your area yesterday. Bob


Thanks Bob. We got lots of lightning and thunder. Just a little bit of a sprinkle. Then when it looked like it was done it decided to drop everything it had and gave us .7Ē on this field. It was definitely appreciated.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 23, 2022, 06:22:13 am
Very dry here also BJ, calling for a little chance today and then none for another week or so, September is usually a dry month for us anyway but with the dry summer it has made it worse. Leaves are drying up and falling like late fall. Woods are really opening up. I have no crops to plant so I guess it;s ok for now.  :)
 Pappy


Thereís definitely a change in the air Pappy.

The windmills are pointing to the north now and a cool chilly north wind is powering them. The temperature had dropped to low 40ís at night even in the 30ís onto a high in the low 50ís. Our clouds are those low fall clouds that remind one of fall.

We fixed the tractor yesterday morning. It was just a sensor.

Had to wait till it dried off a little on top to start planting again. Did some logistics to get wheat seed were we needed it and refilled seed wagon. Did a few little repair jobs on the grain drill and even cleaned my tractor windows .

Got planting about 12:30 pm. Not making any dust now.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 27, 2022, 06:46:01 am
Been a busy week.

The weather has definitely changed. We are still dry as soil conditions go, but Itís been cool, damp and occasionally drizzle and mist. Not the nice bean harvesting weather we had just a little while ago. Lots of beans out there yet and now the struggles of harvest are leaving them out there awhile longer. Which also prevents them from planting wheat.

I was hoping to get Sunday off, but with the weather forecast I decided to work at finishing planting wheat. Got done and Iím really glad to have that job checked off the list.

Also got my sonís corn silage chopped. When we had cattle we had a chopper. Now he hires a neighbor.

Wow these new choppers are amazing. 800 hp and a twenty foot head. It runs through the corn. Makes our old whopper chopper look like a toy.

Glad to have my sonís corn chopped. Will soon be time to harvest the high moisture shelled corn. Heís almost out. Hopefully corn is ready in a few weeks. At least enough to get some harvested to feed the cattle.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 27, 2022, 06:47:21 am
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on September 27, 2022, 06:55:29 am
Sure has been a change in the temperatures in the last week or so.

Glad you had a quick fix to your tractor. funny how things brake down when you really need them. Our large cooler froze up over the weekend, had to pull a bunch of bins out just to access units on the ceiling. I think it will be ready to start filling back up today. Going to be a busy week picking Gold del., jonagolds, reds and some others as well. I'll be on a forklift most of the week stacking bins in the cooler, if not at the washer or in the orchards. I wanted to hook up the mower and make 1 last pass in the orchard to make it easier picking for the guys but tractor work is done for the next few weeks for me.

Mike         
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 28, 2022, 07:20:58 am
Thanks for sharing Mike. Hope your cooler doesnít make any more trouble. Hope your apples store really well.

I spent most of yesterday catching up on my computer. I m not the greatest on the computer so it takes me three times as long to do anything on it as most people, but I got my production records for navy and black beans entered. Today I will try to enter all my wheat planting data.

I can only work on computer so long. By mid afternoon I needed to work at something else. The driveway at my Aunts farm has a elevation drop of about 12í getting in and out of field. We have sugar beets there this year so we need that driveway in good shape. It has some pretty serious erosion problems so I loaded up a small tandem load of reclaimed ash fault millings and piled them close to the driveway. Today I will try to get back there with the loader and level it all off nice.

I also gave my brother a little help working on his hunting blind.

The rye we spread on the clover cover and did the tillage on is starting to come up. I was feeling bad about terminating the clover so early, but I think it was the right move now. Iím glad we have the tillage done. We would have to terminate the clover now anyway and it hasnít grown much where other people have left it. The rye can stay all winter to. The wildlife and my ground will love it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 30, 2022, 06:35:25 am
Well the season seems to have changed.

Yesterday was the first day that it didnít rain in 8 days. We actually are still pretty dry as we only got .7Ē , but it isnít drying like it was before.

Itís been cool, windy and damp. With occasional drizzle and rain. Highs in the 50ís and lows in the low 40ís. The hot humid stuff is gone for now.

Still much better than the weather their getting in Florida and locations effected by Ian. Praying for you all.

I did get caught up on my computer. I got my extra wheat seed returned and grain drill vacuumed out. Today Iím hoping to wash it a get it ready to park away.

The first wheat I planted is up really nice now. The rest should be coming up soon. The drizzling rain should have been just what it needed and expect it to be a good stand.

Late yesterday afternoon we covered my sons corn silage with plastic. We would ideally have done it as soon as we had it filled, but itís been to windy to work with the big sheets of plastic. Yesterday afternoon was perfect. Hardly any wind, cool and sunny. It went really good. We spread the plastic out over the top of the silage and then we put a thin layer of beet lime over the plastic to hold it down. This works really well and we have never lost the plastic to the wind using this method. Itís sure nice having some young blood for the job. My grandkids and some of their friends helped and it definitely made the job easier.

I also found time to knap a point for my good friend DJ. He is the first person besides myself to shoot one of my selfbows. Heís shoot almost as many of my bows as I have. He was in a motorcycle deer accident about 3 years ago and been working at rehab ever since. He finally got to where he thinks he can hunt with his selfbow again. He brought it over and I made him a new string as his old one was showing a lot of wear. He was shooting very good. I canít think of many things that put a bigger smile on my face than watching someone enjoy shooting one of my bows. Especially when they are hammering the bullseye.

He is really wanting to get one this year with his selfbow and stone point. I hope he does. Thatíd be pretty cool

Also my buddy Tom stopped over and is getting pretty serious with his selfbow I made him. Heís a big compound hunter. Heís a very good hunter and I think if he really gets serious and puts his mind to it he might get hooked on hunting with his selfbow to.

Itís opening day tomorrow. I hope to get out there, but I can already see things popping up. I think I still should get a little time to sit in my new ladder stand.

Stay safe everyone.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 30, 2022, 02:55:52 pm
Got the grain drill cleaned up a stored away.

Looked at the first wheat I planted. Itís up really nice. Hopefully the rest will to and I didnít have any screw ups . Maybe should have waited till all the wheat was up and I could check I didnít have a unknown problem somewhere before I stored drill away.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 30, 2022, 02:59:34 pm
Hauled a little dirt from our pile by the woods. The leaves on the maples are starting to turn.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on September 30, 2022, 03:01:21 pm
I got some hunting stuff ready for tomorrow. Hopefully get a little time in.

Hereís whatís going in my quiver.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:29:52 am
I did get out to my new ladder stand yesterday morning. Only saw one button buck, but it was good to be able to hunt again.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:35:59 am
About 10:30 I quit hunting. I had promised I would help my brother set up his new hunting blind.

This one didnít come from a bass pro shop. Itís all reclaimed materials from old buildings we have taken down over the years and old beet digger parts.

It turned out to be quite a logistical and technical feet to get this loaded and hauled 14 miles and then set up at its new site

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:37:56 am
First we used both loaders to pick up the tower and then drove trailer ahead.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:43:05 am
Then we used the telescopic loader to set tower standing up again. Was a little scary but managed to get it done without it coming  through the front of the cab when it tipped back up.

Then we set the blind on 4ĒX 6Ē on top of tower. It has tapered guides on its bottom to help line it up.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:45:50 am
Now we can take the fork extensions off and come around to one side. We picked side up enough to get 4x6 out and then pried it up enough to get forks out.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:47:13 am
Then we did same to other side.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 08:48:26 am
Then we secured the blind to the tower

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 09:02:20 am
It might not be noticeable from the pictures but this isnít very level ground. Now that we have blind secured to tower we pick up the whole works and slowly, carefully carry it to its new site.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 09:04:00 am
Now just need to give it a turn

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 02, 2022, 09:06:53 am
There it sits on its new site.

Then we level it and put the stairs up.

Bjrogg

Should make a darn nice hunting spot for many, many years. I think itíll out last me.

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on October 02, 2022, 05:47:06 pm
No that's a stand. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on October 02, 2022, 06:02:36 pm
Now all you need is a TV, a lounge chair and a frig and you can do an all day sit.  :OK  The Tower of Power!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on October 03, 2022, 03:41:01 am
Way cool = I could live in that ! LOL . Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 03, 2022, 07:05:23 am
Yes itís definitely a nice hunting blind and in a really nice spot to. We built three of them several years ago. The rest are on reclaimed treated 8ĒX 8Ē post. This one had to be taken down and moved.

My brother decided to make the tower from old beet digger rolls this time. While it was in our shop people who stopped by kept trying to figure out what we were making. I kept telling them it was a Parker Snovel wash plant.lol. My buddy DJ thought my brother was more the Tony Beets type without the hair.lol Iím affectionately calling it the Dredge.

Itís going to outlast us all I think. Itís very well built and a good use of reclaimed materials.

I climbed up and looked out the windows when we finished setting it up, but I didnít have my phone with me to take pictures. Itís a really nice view. Itís sitting in whatís almost a meadow between two small food plots. Thereís a small creek just to the north of it. It has windows from old bus all the way around with a trap door in the floor to enter or exit. Itís insulated and has a twenty pound propane can for its heater.

My brother has spent the night in it before.

Was a good project to do together. Maybe as much fun as hunting from it.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 04, 2022, 07:19:09 am
I havenít had time to get out hunting since opening day.

Sunday my brother and I took both combines and harvested 100 acres of black beans for a neighbor.

It went good. My brother farmed with me for most of my life. Several years ago we had serious financial difficulties and he left the farm for a job that actually pays you money. :o

He really enjoyed getting back in the combine for a day.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 04, 2022, 07:30:53 am
Yesterday my son and I switched his combine over to soybeans. We did 40 acres for a neighbor so he could get his wheat planted. It went good and I was surprised that the yield was pretty decent. I really thought the soybeans would be a disaster. He did get a nice rain the same time my dads farm did in late July.

Today I think we will try some of our soybeans. They are almost all on sugar beet field end rows. It always takes a lot of running around putting headers on and off. Moving combine, trucks and headerís.
Not big acre days. But a lot easier than harvesting sugar beets from the end rows.

Speaking of sugar beets. They have been harvesting early digs for almost a month now. We donít have any early digs, but I might try our beet digger out in a neighbors field today or tomorrow. See how things work or donít work. We did a lot of stuff to this machine and I would like to make sure itís ready when we do start permanent piles.

Bjrogg

Didnít get any pictures of soybean harvest for neighbor, but we sure have been getting some pretty sunsets
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 05, 2022, 06:53:14 am
Pretty big day yesterday.

Started out taking a doubles load of black beans to Star of the West .

Then moved trucks and headed to the soybean fields.

Still had a little time before the dew was off so I took the beet digger to my neighbors field and dug 12 rows. It worked really good so we called it a successful test.

Then I got in the combine and went at soybeans. This farm had a lot of end rows on the beet fields. I did 18.8 acres of headlands. Then there was a 28 acre wedge field across the tracks. I finished up just as the sun was setting in my mirror. With the moon in the sky.

Was a good day

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 05, 2022, 06:54:22 am
Half moon in sky and setting sun in my mirror
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on October 05, 2022, 08:24:21 am
Beautiful picture, sounds like you are staying busy.  :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on October 05, 2022, 09:07:35 am
You have opened a lot of eyes on just how much work goes into large scale farming, including mine. Great thread!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 05, 2022, 08:34:55 pm
Beautiful picture, sounds like you are staying busy.  :)
 Pappy

Thanks Pappy. Thatís one of my favorite things about my job. Iím constantly exposed to our makers beauty. Itís really impossible to capture it all in a picture, but try to anyway.

I actually stopped the combine to get that one. Has to be important to stop the combine.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 05, 2022, 08:54:48 pm
You have opened a lot of eyes on just how much work goes into large scale farming, including mine. Great thread!

Thank You more than you know Eric. I have had a lot of mixed emotions about doing this thread. Iím a little worried about giving so much personal information. Itís probably not really smart.

Iím hoping to give people a little glimpse into modern agriculture.

Many people are several generations removed from the farm and I have to remember that so many things I think are common knowledge arenít necessarily to others

It means a lot to me to hear you have found this thread a good one :)

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on October 05, 2022, 11:36:25 pm
Brian, you are fortunate to be able to see the day come in and fade into darkness on a daily basis. I'm sure there is a lot of work between but you always seem to be enjoying it all.  Isn't the coming full moon the harvest moon?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on October 06, 2022, 05:36:21 am
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Thank You more than you know Eric. I have had a lot of mixed emotions about doing this thread. Iím a little worried about giving so much personal information. Itís probably not really smart.

this post is very informative. I like it alot and it teaches me alot.
The personal informations contribute to depict the scene and the final result is definitely positive  :OK
Thankyou BJ
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 06, 2022, 06:30:36 am
Brian, you are fortunate to be able to see the day come in and fade into darkness on a daily basis. I'm sure there is a lot of work between but you always seem to be enjoying it all.  Isn't the coming full moon the harvest moon?


Yes Pat I know full well that I am very blessed to take care of this land. To be able to experience the natural beauty I am totally surrounded by.

This year has been a particularly beautiful year weather wise. We are dry and have needed rain almost all year. We are coming through it alright though and it has made planning our days so much easier. We have been able to keep up and not get behind.


Sometimes Iím surrounded by rain, mud, snow and ice. Letís not forget manure.lol  Sometimes I get weeks behind with no real chance of catching up. Thatís when it get harder to keep a smile on.  ;).

Iíve been doing this for a long time now. Iíve put crops in and taken them out in all kinds of growing seasons and conditions.

I guess much like making bows, arrows and flint knapping. Farming is a passion of mine. Itís more than a passion to me. I love what I do. Not saying itís all fun and games. I do work hard, long dirty days. I experience financial stress thatís sometimes really hard to not let it eat you up.

Iíve had to sell land that we paid a much higher price than we sold it for. Probably one of the hardest things a farmer can do.

I know itís not supposed to be a religious campfire and I try not to make politics or religion part of my threads but they are part of my life. I thank my maker everyday. Even the ones Iím surrounded by mud, rain and manure.

I am so thankful for my family and that we have been able to get along and do this together for so long. There are many operations that donít. Itís not always easy working with family and friends. Everyone has to give a little.

One of the reasons I can get as much done as I do is my pit crew. My nephew is a really talented shop person. Heís a lot like me. Sometimes we clash a little because of it. We both see the project in it completed stage before itís ever started. I tend to look at it longer and try to use old parts. My nephew is more from the cut it off with the torch and replace it with a new one. Honestly both ways are required and sometimes we blend our ways together.

Honestly Iíve really only given the abbreviated version. Thereís probably be twice as much work done that I havenít bothered posting.

We are getting closer to the end of this growing season. We have been fortunate to get our wheat, navy beans, black beans, silage and most of our soybeans. All have gone smoothly so far. Some of that is because of the weather and some of it is because of my pit crew.

We still have a little bit of soybeans and corn. The big one left for us is sugar beets. Itís a grind that usually wears us all out. We will put in very long days and work in some very challenging conditions. We will try to do it with a smile on our face. We might yell at each other once in awhile, but we know each other well and we know that we appreciate each otherís part in this operation.

Bjrogg

PS Iím not sure if this is the harvest moon or the hunters moon. I will be watching it though
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 06, 2022, 06:42:05 am
Quote
Thank You more than you know Eric. I have had a lot of mixed emotions about doing this thread. Iím a little worried about giving so much personal information. Itís probably not really smart.

this post is very informative. I like it alot and it teaches me alot.
The personal informations contribute to depict the scene and the final result is definitely positive  :OK
Thankyou BJ


Thanks so much Gills. Honestly Iíve been wondering how people have been thinking about this post. I see lots of views, but I have wondered how people really felt about the post itself. I even thought about ending it a few times.

It so nice to know that you find it informative and interesting. Thatís itís whole purpose.

Thanks again everyone for coming here. I would love to give you all a real ride in the combine, sprayer or tractor.

Youíll have to come visit in person for that though.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 06, 2022, 06:56:40 am
Stopped by the landlords field that I took the soybeans off of last night on the way home. He had his old two cylinder John Deere tractor out. I visited with him for awhile and then he drove off into the sunset.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on October 06, 2022, 08:18:32 am
Bjrogg,
I find your posts and pictures very interesting and although I do not reply to each post, I do appreciate you taking the time to make the posts. I know it takes considerable time to do but Please if you can keep posting them.
Take care,
brian
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on October 06, 2022, 09:15:26 am
I grew up on a hobby farm of a grand total of 9 acres, 3 cows, 2 pigs, a flock of goats and a bunch of chickens, very small scale but we always had plenty to eat with the livestock and a big garden. I have grown a garden every year since I was 22 (I am 75 now), my early upbringing stuck with me, the woods provide my livestock for the freezer.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Piddler on October 06, 2022, 08:06:06 pm
BJ, Every time I read this thread it makes me think of the Paul Harvey speech (So God Made A Farmer). For those that haven't heard it it's worth a listen as is most anything of his.
Piddler
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 06:25:17 am
Bjrogg,
I find your posts and pictures very interesting and although I do not reply to each post, I do appreciate you taking the time to make the posts. I know it takes considerable time to do but Please if you can keep posting them.
Take care,
brian


Thanks Brian. I really donít expect or want everyone to reply to every post I make here. It would make this post so long. I have to admit I am happy for the replies I have received though and the realization that people are finding it informative and interesting.

It has definitely encouraged me to keep the thread going. I probably would have anyway but I definitely will give it my best effortís knowing its being viewed by people who are learning from it.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BowEd on October 07, 2022, 06:30:39 am
It's good you posted your day to day activities of working on a farm.There's seems to be a farther disconnection of how important the farmer is to the enviornment and the countrys' value.
One must realize there's many different types of farms too.One thing about them.There is no lack of work to be done.Sun up to sundown.It's a life style that has stuck with me and my family.
We all seem to have a down to earth common sense viewpoint of life.The weather and the seasons' control our activities and lives.Answering to mother nature and the world outside it.That connection and the importance of it never leaves a person.
Most all holidays are working days.You have to be an investing,problem solving,risk taking jack of all trades with labor and financial difficulties to make it work.Capitalizing on the good years and cinching up on the bad years.Making life changing decisions every year,with the purpose to continue to grow.Realizing too what is important and what is not.
Here's a poem explaining it a little.
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Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 06:38:06 am
I grew up on a hobby farm of a grand total of 9 acres, 3 cows, 2 pigs, a flock of goats and a bunch of chickens, very small scale but we always had plenty to eat with the livestock and a big garden. I have grown a garden every year since I was 22 (I am 75 now), my early upbringing stuck with me, the woods provide my livestock for the freezer.

Eric Iím sure that small hobby farm did a lot to shape the man you became. Just taking care of a handful of animals and a garden is a great life experience. Iíve always enjoyed your post to and I can see the passion you put into your projects and garden.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 06:42:03 am
You know it Ed. I can see that work ethic in all of your projects to.

It is a very rewarding job. At least if you can see the beauty in everything it entails.

Thanks for posting the poem. I donít think I ever saw that one before.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 06:49:15 am
BJ, Every time I read this thread it makes me think of the Paul Harvey speech (So God Made A Farmer). For those that haven't heard it it's worth a listen as is most anything of his.
Piddler

Gotta love Paul Harvey. He was a wonderful person and so interesting to listen to. He just had a way of making things simple and to the point. He had a wonderful way with words and I think he must have really loved life.

Maybe I should be ending each post with.

ďAnd now you know the rest of the storyĒ

ďGood Day?Ē

Bjrogg

PS I love that poem. My daughter and son in law just gave it to me for my birthday on a big plaque. Itís hanging on my living room wall.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 07:00:40 am
Yesterday was a little bit slower paced.

My son finished up planting his neighbors wheat and before he cleaned up the drill and stored it away I wanted to take a good look at our wheat to make sure I didnít miss any spots or have any guff ups.

The wheat all looks really good as far as I can see. Donít see any missing spots either. I told my son he could put his drill away.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 07:08:58 am
Then I sharpen my chainsaw and trimmed a few of the trees I planted in the fence row. This one is kinda small and the wild grapes have almost killed it. Itís actually one that grew on its own from a pine cone. The original ones I planted here died.

Itís right in the corner and some day I hope to have a tree stand in it. Maybe I gave it a little chance. Would have done more but lots of poison ivy there and Iím very allergic to poison ivy. I washed really good right away. Seems like I avoided the nasty rash so far.

Still looking a bit sad but the vines are all cut and lower limbs trimmed. Maybe I will be able to hunt from it someday or someone else if not me.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 07:12:25 am
While I was looking at the wheat I harvested a five gallon bucket of asparagus seeds and twigs. We have a road ditch that it grows very good in. Lots of people walk this ditch and harvest asparagus. Thatís fine with me but my wife and I love asparagus and Iím hoping to start some in a different secret location.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 07, 2022, 07:17:33 am
The weather is supposed to turn colder and I decided while it was still nice I wanted to wash the sprayer up and get it ready to winterize .

While I was washing it our the Deere mechanic called and said he had the parts to do the warranty work. He came over and we made the repairs. Then I finished washing. Was almost dark by then and the weather was switching from warm and calm to cold and windy.

Glad I tackled that job and got the warranty work done before we parked it away

Bjrogg

Sorry no pictures of the clean sprayer
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 12, 2022, 06:58:11 am
Itís been feeling a lot like fall. The temperature has dropped and I had to turn the furnace on a few nights ago.

We finished up the soybeans Monday and got my sonís combine cleaned up really good with the leaf blower yesterday. Itís a really nasty job and when your done the combine looks pretty clean. But you look like you need the go through a car wash. It still needs a good wash job but itís clean enough to store away now.

It was a beautiful day yesterday and after we finished with my sonís combine we took ours out and tried some of our corn. We shelled two truckloads. Our moisture tester called it 22% but the cooperative said it was 24 and 25%. Hoping to get a little drier than that. Lots of deductions at that moisture.

The cool comfortable weather we have had has really slowed the corns development. My son grows longer day corn than we do. Usually you can get a little higher yields with the longer day corn but the moisture is higher. He feeds most of his corn to his cattle so itís not a big problem for him. Heís out of high moisture corn for feed now and his corn is still 30+ moisture. Doesnít make the best feed at that high of moisture. We would like to get it to 27%. He needs feed though so we shelled out to loads for him to feed. It should last him until we finish sugar beets and we finished the field he had chopped part of for silage. Nice to finish the field so he can spread rye cover and do tillage on it.

Supposed to rain again today. We are still dry. We have had rainy days but the amounts have been very small. Thatís probably ok at this point. To late for rain to help at this point and it will probably just make harvest more difficult. Then cold again.

Feels like beet digging weather. Probably about a week away from permanent pile .

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 12, 2022, 07:01:57 am
I think the Maples are about at their peak for color now.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on October 12, 2022, 07:51:04 pm
Wow, you guys are way ahead of farmers around here, still a lot of beans in the field and I haven't seen anyone combining corn yet.  I assume you don't have a dryer?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 14, 2022, 06:38:33 am
Wow, you guys are way ahead of farmers around here, still a lot of beans in the field and I haven't seen anyone combining corn yet.  I assume you don't have a dryer?


We have been getting a lot of work done and are getting it done on schedule.

Edible beans are typically harvested a little before soybeans if the weather cooperates.

We have a fairly short growing season here. We typically grow shorter day varieties of soybeans and corn.

Our night time temperatures are in the 30ís now and stuff doesnít grow or mature very fast with lows in the 30ís and highs in the 40ís. We also tend to have a lot of cloudy days in the fall.

We personally donít grow very much corn or soybeans anymore. When we farmed more acres and raised cattle we planted about ten times as much corn as we do now. We did have a old KanSun drier that was from the 70ís actually two of them. They were very slow and not very efficient. We didnít dry much corn anyway. We feed almost all of it to cattle.

We are hoping to get the corn we have harvested before sugar beets begin our permanent piles. We were informed that the start date is set for October 20 a week from yesterday. Our corn has been quite stressed due to the dry conditions. It tends to cannibalize itís stalk to put everything it can into its grain. This causes it to have weak stalks and not stand good. We donít want to wait three weeks and go through several wind events before we harvest it. Drying charges are expensive but crop loses are to. Itís always a catch 22. With crop prices we have now, crop loses add up really fast.

Itís been drizzling, almost snowing, windy and cold for the past three days. We did get a inch or more now on most of our farms. At this point I itís not going to help any of our crops much and I kinda hope it stops for a few weeks.

We are working in the shop at getting ready for beets. We were informed that our drivers would not be allowed to exit our trucks after we were stationed at the piler. Our trucks have the controls to raise and lower the box inside the cab so that part isnít a problem. Someone does have to push a button or the side of the trailer frame to open the tailgate though. We and most everyone else have been using this tailgate system for over thirty years. The new requirements wonít allow our trucks to unload at the piling grounds .

We had to modify all our trucks and trailers so we can open tailgate without leaving truck cab. Of course everyone is in the same boat and we are all trying to find supplies to do this at the same time. Fortunately we did have most of the parts we needed in our shop for spare parts. We did some creative thinking and modified other parts. It looked pretty hopeless for awhile but I think we are going to have all of our trucks and trailers able to meet the requirements. I personally feel our old system was safer, but itís a OSHA requirement and they obviously donít see things like I do.

Looks like several more days of the same weather. A little harder to keep that smile now, but we are still smiling. Still blessed to be here

Bjrogg


Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on October 15, 2022, 10:59:55 pm
Enjoy trying to keep up with your thread here BJ. Don't have much experience in row crops other than sweet corn. Its interesting seeing how its different or the same as fruits and veggies. Regardless in either case the weather always plays a big factor. Sure hope you get some sun and wind to dry things up enough you can get after that corn and beans before beets come in. Regardless keep on keepin on BJ.
Been cold and dampish here for the last few weeks. Had a few frosty mornings but nothing heavy yet. Trying to get all the tomatoes and peppers picked off before we get a heavy frost. Its been 7 days a week now for longer than I want to admit. I ran 120 bushels of apples today by my self just to keep the farm market supplied and will do the same tomorrow. Very limited on helpers so I've been doing all of the grading and packing. Its been an average harvest on the apples this year, much better than I had predicted a few months ago. So rewarding, for me, seeing the crop through the seasons and then to the costumers, even if it tuckers you out. Only thing left to harvest is Rome. snapped a pic yesterday right before the crew picked these trees.
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And here they were on a 2.25" grading chain this morning. Anything too small falls through and will be used for juice.
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Still will have some work to do after harvest in the orchards and can't stop till its all done but looks like Monday the apples will all be in a bin in the cooler and that will be a relief. Although the USDA is supposed to be coming for a food safety inspection before the end of the month so I need to check into all the paperwork for that as well. Hope come November I can get back to the shop and finish up some bows that are long over due.
Mike     
 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 16, 2022, 06:29:50 am
Thanks for sharing your operation with us Mike. I have found it very interesting and I learned a lot from it to.

Itís like Ed said. There are so many different types of farming operations. Itís always interesting to see how they do things.

One question for you. Have you ever grown a variety of apples we called Rusty Coats? There were a few very old orchards around here that had Rusty Coats. They literally looked like rusty apples. I havenít seen one since I was a kid. The old timers said they were very disease resistant.

They were not nearly as tasty as the variety on the market today. They really have breed some awesome apple varieties.

Hope you can find enough help. It seems to be getting harder and harder to find every year. A lot of our help has aged to the point they have either passed or arenít in good enough health to do it anymore. Even though they would love to.

Maybe itís just because Iím a old fart now, but it seems like we have been having a difficult time recruiting younger help. Itís not just us though. Itís the common problem we all seem to share around here. Itís one of the reasons there have been so many changes in the way we harvest our crops. Especially sugar beets.

Another thing. Itís almost funny. Iím almost surprised you can still sell tomatoes. I only had two plants I shared with anyone I could give them away to. I canít find anyone to give them away to anymore l.lol

Once again thanks for sharing your operation. And have a safe harvest

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: PaulN/KS on October 16, 2022, 02:32:22 pm
I have friends who have a booth at the local farmers market and they sell my extra tomatoes, beans and peppers. We split the take and it gets me some summer spending cash. I can't officially call my stuff "Organic",(but it is)and is also pesticide free.
I had six Jet Star plants and three Roma this year and we had plenty to use, share and sell.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on October 17, 2022, 08:06:02 am
Kinda funny. I have been reading up on heirloom apples the last few days. I have never heard of Rusty Coats but depending on the source there were 10k-14k different types of apples grown in NA 100 years ago. Most are gone now. I know where a few trees are next to a 200 year old log cabin, and was thinking of getting some graft wood this winter to put on junk tree or 2 in the big orchard. Just for fun, but that does not help the bottom line with the business. :)

We grow about 5 acres of tomatoes, I'd need to check my numbers but I think there are 6k plants an acre. Sounds high, I'll edit if I find out different too early to do the math.  Best year ever around here for that crop. Every one in there area has told me the same. We gave several 100 bushels to the local food bank and still had too much. I think they pay cost actually but I usually dont see the numbers. Last year because of bacterial diseases the crop was done in September. You never know when planting what will happen.

As far as help...Dont have the time to get too deep on that atm. But we have a crew with work visas for the growing season. Long hours, hard work and most are kids in their 20's. They will go back home in November. I did everything they do now back in the day. A lot of hand work. But its changed a lot over the past 30+ years. Most of the folks that work in the market are older and retired from a career but still hard to find people to run a cash register and similar jobs.  But I dont have to deal with that part of things.
Mike                     
     
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on October 17, 2022, 09:02:22 am
I read about a project where a group was scouring old maps looking for abandoned farms and orchards to try to find unique apple varieties still living and neglected from over 100 years ago that had not been passed on to today. I don't know how many varieties they had found but remember they were fairly successful with their project.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on October 18, 2022, 08:46:25 am
Had been reading some information about the same stuff a few days ago Eric. I bet there is a lot of genetics in some of those older varieties that could, at the very least add some good traits into breeding programs. Wish I had more time to actually play around with it myself as a hobby.
Mike   
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 18, 2022, 02:58:36 pm
I read about a project where a group was scouring old maps looking for abandoned farms and orchards to try to find unique apple varieties still living and neglected from over 100 years ago that had not been passed on to today. I don't know how many varieties they had found but remember they were fairly successful with their project.


Thatís the kind of orchards these rusty coats grew in. The orchards were badly neglected and the trees werenít pruned and dead limbs still standing.

The farm I rent from my neighbor, he told me was a forty acre orchard at one time. Thereís still a quite a few trees around the fence rows. Thereís a yellow variety thatís really sweet and really late. I should do some pruning on it. I donít know a lot about pruning, but I think just about anything I did to it would help it.

Thereís still a few trees in the orchard by my dadís neighbor.

Most of the trees have died though

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 18, 2022, 03:33:42 pm
Been trying to sneak corn off when the weather cooperates. Which hasnít been much lately. Rain snow mix and high winds. Itís definitely hard to smile standing out surrounded by this stuff.lol This is really beet digging weather. Refrigerator weather. Perfect temperature for piling beets. We havenít started permanent piles yet though. Thursday is beginning of permanent piles. Then Friday itís supposed to start warming up so we might just get started only to be shut down again. We have to pile the beets in the right conditions for storage. The last thing we want is to discard beets again.

Took a couple loads of corn to town. Getting loaded by the cart

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: PaulN/KS on October 18, 2022, 08:00:57 pm
Headed down to Lawrence today and noticed they were harvesting beans north of town. There were three combines going and the dust was flying. I also saw that there is some corn that didn't get harvested yet in the same tract.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 21, 2022, 06:52:26 am
Yesterday was the beginning of the permanent pile beet harvest. The temperature is perfect for harvesting beets and storing them on our piles. Pile them to warm and they will quickly rot. Pile them when they are frozen and they will thaw on the pile and turn to mush.

Itís the perfect temperature but as often is the case that comes with drizzle and maybe a few snow flakes.

We worked at it till about 11:00 am and then the trucks just couldnít get around anymore. The field was actually good where we hadnít dug yet but the drizzle mixed with fresh dirt and sugar beet leaves get pretty greasy in a hurry. We sometimes have to keep going in conditions like this but itís still early in the campaign and we decided to wait till today to try it again. Stars are shining I think it should go better today.

We did finish our corn. That means we can get the second cart ready for beets

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:18:43 am
Yesterday was a nice sunny day. Today is supposed to be even nicer. To nice for digging beets. The plan is for us to shut down starting at noon . Probably until Wednesday. That one of the things that makes beet harvest a real pain in the butt. We rarely get to harvest in nice weather.

We worked at helping our neighbors harvest theirs and things went pretty good. The smaller trucks could load along side the lifter.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:25:32 am
It seemed strange for me to be back in a beet truck. I usually run the beet digger. I have been doing it for more years than I care to admit. Helping the neighbors they are operating the lifter so I get to take a trip to the beet pilers. I havenít done that much in the past 30 years. Before I started running the lifter I visited the piling grounds about 100 times a year.

Things have changed some but still basically the same.

Try to pick the shortest line. Looks like just two trucks ahead of me in this one.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:28:45 am
The truck ahead of me is dumped now and he lowers his box. Then pulls ahead to get the tare dirt that the piler cleaned from his beets.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:39:24 am
Then they open the swing around hopper and itís time for me to get my truck stationed at the hopper.

While Iím doing this the truck on the other side of piler is being unloaded.

Bjrogg

PS you can see the beets coming off the end of the boom onto the pile. They are just starting the pile. The boom has a switch on a lever below it. When the beets get piled high enough they hit the lever and turn on the switch. Then the boom swings a little bit to the side. We try to handle the beets carefully and not drop them from any higher than we have to. At the start of the pile they will raise the boom a few feet each pass until they get to the height they want the pile to be.

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:49:37 am
My nephew topping off one of our trailers with our cart.

He makes it look easy but itís a really tricky job.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:52:52 am
Our 1985 Kenworth. This is my favorite truck. We basically restored it about 15 years ago. It looks good enough to put in a show when sheís all clean and shiny.

She is a work truck though and sheís not afraid to get dirty

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:54:21 am
The beet pilers at night

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 22, 2022, 06:57:36 am
Gotta go now

We are planning on switching to corn after they shut us down at noon.

We will try my sons corn again and see if itís dry enough for the bunker silo yet

Going to be another long day

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on October 23, 2022, 03:46:56 am
Thanks BJ ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on October 23, 2022, 09:03:22 am
Love the old KW, worked on many of them.  ;)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:03:16 am
Your welcome Bob

Thanks Pappy. Iíll have to get a picture of her better side. I always kinda like the look of her air cleaner stack.

We also have two 1990 Macís we restored one a few years ago. They are both nice trucks to. The one we restored turned out really nice.

Still need to do the other one yet.

Our newest truck is a 2005 IH itís a good truck but Iím more attached to the older ones.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:07:02 am
We dug beets Saturday until noon. It was going really good. Another hour or two and we would have finished our neighbors field. Sure wish we could have got it done before they shut us down.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:10:06 am
We didnít miss a gear though.

We just started filling trucks with corn instead of sugar beets.

Bunker is almost empty here and starting to fill it

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:12:51 am
We finished one field and I pushed and packed until the trucks were all empty again. That was about 9:30 pm

A pretty good day

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:15:17 am
Sunday morning and the weather is beautiful.

We moved combine and trucks to my sonís second field. Itís 38 acres and itís about twenty miles south.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:19:07 am
The pile in the bunker is getting bigger

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 24, 2022, 07:23:28 am
Worked at unloading trucks and got them all empty by 10:00 pm

The bunker is almost full . Might put another load in. Will decide that this morning.

Was a good weekend. Would have loved to take my bow out hunting, but Iím really glad to get my sonís bunker full. I didnít want his corn out until we finished beets. This will definitely take some of the pressure off.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on October 24, 2022, 12:30:01 pm
We call them trench silos, my dad had 2 of them.  One filled with corn silage and the other high moisture that would feed about 250 head of feeder cattle all year long.  The corn silage trench silo was huge, probably +150 yards long, 40 yards wide and 15 feet deep, it took hundreds of truck loads to fill. 

Brings back lots of memories... The funnest job was to push the loads down the hill with a loader tractor, got a little hairy once in a while, silage is awfully soft when not compacted.  Also remember me popping a brake line as I was backing up to the edge to dump, thankfully the silo was not empty and I just went over the edge and got hung up and stuck. Could have been a bad ride...
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 25, 2022, 06:59:44 am
Last load of corn for the bunker. Only about 20 acres of my sons corn left and about 10 acres for my neighbor. Itís all to wet to take to town yet so it will probably have to wait till sugar beet harvest is done. Time to clean out the corners of the cart and get it ready for sugar beets again.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 25, 2022, 07:02:09 am
This is the view from top of the pile looking down at the roller mill.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 25, 2022, 07:06:58 am
The last of the corn going through the roller mill. The mill has two groved rollers that run very close to each other. The corn passes between these rolls and is cracked. The cracked corn is more easily digestible for the cattle and it also makes it so we can pack it and drive on it without just getting stuck on the pile.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 25, 2022, 07:18:13 am
The high moisture corn goes through a fermentation process and becomes what we call insiled. It will keep for years like this as long as it isnít exposed to air. We pack it to get the air out and then we cover the top with plastic and hold the plastic down with lime. Just a few year ago we had a bunch of chiefs and not very many Indians for this job. Now most of the chiefs have gone to the happy hunting grounds. My daughter in law recruited a bunch of  4-H and FFA members to help. Now it looks like we have a whole tribe.

Sure made the job easier

Hope they come back next year to

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 25, 2022, 07:23:51 am
Hereís a couple pictures of our Old KW for Pappy and Bob

This is what I consider her good side although she looks pretty good from any angle.

Just kinda like that air cleaner stack sticking out the side.lol some engineer probably got scolded for forgetting about where the air cleaner was going and put it there as a afterthought.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on October 26, 2022, 04:01:01 am
I like it ! Been a long time since I ran thru the Gears in one, don't miss the Diesel Fumes tho. Docs said they added to My COPD. Great lookin' Truck - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 26, 2022, 01:53:36 pm
We got a call yesterday afternoon telling us that beet harvest is not allowed to start until 5:00am Thursday morning.

Yesterday I spread rye seed for cover crop on about 80 acres.

Then I had a couple hours before dark. It was a pretty nice day so I headed to my tree stand in my fence row. Saw several deer but nothing close enough to shoot. Probably not even close enough to see on the pictures I took.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 26, 2022, 01:58:32 pm
Today is windy and drizzling rain. Did a few things in town. Was really hoping that Diesel prices would come down some by now. Man we are spending a large fortune every day right now and itís going to be even worse when we start sugar beet harvest

Bjrogg

PS Iím still burning E-85. I have over 170,000 miles on my truck and have only burned a couple tanks full of regular gas. I have had zero problems with the E-85
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 27, 2022, 05:57:04 am
Think we have everything ready for beets todayZ hopefully finish the neighbors and start ours.

All the trucks are serviced. Tractors and carts ready. Digger and topper ready. Rye spreader refilled and tractor on the chisel plow to do tillage behind us. Hopefully we can find enough warm bodies to fill the seats and the weather to allow them to stay in them.

I put in a little overtime last night and worked on this Red Osier shaft. Itís been curing on a old broom handle for several years.

If everything goes as Iím hoping. This could be a very special arrow. I have a point I knapped from a stone I found on my farm. The Red Osier was harvested from my farm. I have a HHB bow I made from a tree on my farm. If it works out Iíd like to make a string of natural materials gathered from my farm.

Then harvest a nice buck with it .

Manís gotta have a dream. Seems like a worthy one

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on October 27, 2022, 09:10:33 pm
Wishing you a good harvest BJ.
All done here. been waiting on some parts that came today then I can get some herbicide down and some urea sprayed on the trees so I can get that stuff winterized. Got a GAP inspection with the USDA inspecters next week so I hope after that things will slow down.     
Looking forward to see that arrow all finished up.
Mike
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 28, 2022, 05:53:43 am
Thanks Mike. Glade you have your harvest completed. Hope your inspection goes well. I have really enjoyed your contributions to this thread. I always enjoy learning more about different types of farming just like I do with different types of bows.

Yesterday morning we started digging sugar beets again
 
First off we sent two carts and 3 trucks over to help our neighbor finish his 20 acres.

While they were digging those my youngest son and I moved beet digger, topper, fuel cart, JCB loader, tool truck, pickup, tractor and cart and one truck to the field we want to start our beets in.

Itís the furthest haul. Almost a 40 mile round trip for the trucks. We want to get this field if we can while we still have help. My neighbors 93 year old dad has suddenly took a turn and was put on hospice. We could lose half our truck drivers at almost anytime. Hope he pops back. He has been doing good up until now. Heís a very nice man

The sunrise was a broken cloudy one but it was pretty mixed with the fall colors.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 28, 2022, 06:16:07 am
I was hoping it would only take about 3 or four hours to finish our neighbors field but it was more like seven.

When they finished the whole crew came to our field and we started digging about 2:00 pm. Things went pretty good for the most part. Conditions were still a little challenging but workable.

We had a few bugs to get out of the new (old) digger. The biggest problem was that the digger wheels slid very easily. They have grouser pads on the spooks of the wheels that help keep the wheels turning. 

The new digger wheels we just put on were made for a narrow row spacing digger. They had very small pads and with the soil conditions the combination was allowing the wheels to slide instead of keep turning. Whenever the wheels slide the beets donít go into the digger and are lost. This means I have to look backwards the entire time constantly watching the wheels. When one stops turning I have to stop, raise digger, back up and carefully lower digger until wheels turn backwards and clear again. This is very time consuming and extremely tiring for me the operator.

This morning we are going to take the old digger wheels with us. If conditions donít improve we will take off the new wheels and put on the old. In these conditions old almost worn out wheels work best.

We did manage to get 21.37acres off and a lot of the bugs out. Hopefully today is a big day.

21.37 acres down 328 to go.

The beets actually were pretty good. I did one yield check and it was 32.19 tons per acre. For the weather we have had Iím very happy with that. Especially if the sugar content is good

Bjrogg

Just a few pictures. Really could take my eyes off digger for long enough to take many good ones.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 28, 2022, 06:17:08 am
Pictures
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 29, 2022, 06:11:59 am
Yesterday morning started in the darkness.

Then a beautiful sunrise appeared and showed empty trucks to fill.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 29, 2022, 06:15:42 am
With hopes for a big day we start day two of harvesting our sugar beets.

As things often do happen during beet harvest we have a breakdown. We have a belt that gives out. We fix it and a few other things, but it takes probably a hour or more.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 29, 2022, 06:21:41 am
We have our repairs done and load up all the trucks and send them to town. And then the lines start to get long. The tractor keep up for a few rounds but then they canít keep up and we have to wait a bit.

Snapped a picture of my tractor and digger in the undug rows waiting for trucks

Second picture is topped beets in a row and entering the digger wheels. The steel wheels are at a angle to each other and lift the beets out of the ground along with dirt and rocks

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 29, 2022, 06:25:04 am
We finish the strip we opened up just as the moon replaces the sun. It was beautiful and Iím sure my picture wonít do it justice

We decided not to open another strip and just do service work on all the equipment.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 29, 2022, 06:26:03 am
Gotta go. Iím thinking those trucks will be showing up in a little bit again

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 06:24:28 am
Itís been a busy weekend.

Saturday morning was another beautiful sunrise. Loaded the first round of trucks as the sun rose and they hit the road in clear weather. Before they returned I became a foggy pea soup.

We decided to try putting shims in the digger wheels to make the pinch point 1/2Ē wider. Hopefully it helps with the sliding digger wheel problem. By the time we get done with installing the shims the fog has become more broken. We start digging again and the shims really help. Had to believe that little change made such a difference. Iím really glad it did though because operating the beet digger how it was, was extremely difficult and frustrating. Not to mention sloppy and leaving beets in the field.

By 5:00 pm the sugar company said our beet temperatures were right at the cutoff point. They shut us down. We were allowed to unload the rest of the beets we had topped, but that was all.

By that time it was about 1 1/2 hours before dark so having my bow along I decided I would stay and do a little hunting

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 06:25:38 am
Two carts full ready to pad the empty truck

Bjrogg

PS this is after the fog cleared
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 06:41:10 am
After shutdown I kneeled down here by this erosion structure. The wind was right and I saw about 12 does and fawns that passed between my tractor and my hunting spot. Nothing quite close enough for a shot, but close enough to make it interesting. Then they passed by me to my downwind side. I watched were they came from hoping another would come out a little bit closer and at the same time watching the group that was slowly grazing itís way towards my downwind scent.

I looked back towards the group that had passed and a nice buck was standing about 40 yard away, slowly approaching. I watched knowing that any second one of the doeís would scent me. Then it came. A snort and a doe ran out into the field. She snorted again and all the does left. Only the nice buck remained. I watched him till dark and then walked to my tractor. That felt pretty good.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 06:44:31 am
Yesterday morning we started early. We had the second round of trucks loaded before the sun started to break.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 06:51:43 am
We kept the topper right in front of the beet digger. This helps keep the sun from warming the beets. We always keep topper pretty close. Usually about a pass ahead but with the lines and waiting for trucks that pass sometimes sat in the sun longer than we liked. We managed to keep our beets cool enough to dig the rest of the day and finished our field. That is a big relief. The rest of the fields will be shorter hauls and trucks should be able to keep up better.

Itís supposed to rain today and we still have some stuff to move. Glad we didnít get shut down and rained out before we finished that field.

Time to go. Iím not sure we will be digging today, but we still have a lot of stuff to do

Bjrogg

PS   122 acres down   228 to go
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: PaulN/KS on October 31, 2022, 11:15:35 am
After reading how much work it is to grow and harvest sugar beets I'm starting to feel guilty for only putting 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee.  :-[
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on October 31, 2022, 07:23:09 pm
After reading how much work it is to grow and harvest sugar beets I'm starting to feel guilty for only putting 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee.  :-[

Lol. Just donít use any of those artificial sweeteners Paul. Just natural sugar.

We didnít dig today. They are only allowing digging from 2:00am till 1:00pm

We had to much stuff to move in the dark and stuff we wanted to fix.

Got a lot of stuff fixed. Hopefully we can get everything clicking.

Going to get cleaned up, eat supper and try to get a few hours of sleep.

Good Night everyone

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 01, 2022, 01:14:04 am
Good morning everyone. That was quick, but I did sleep good.

Getting ready to go dig beets again. Hopefully we can get it to click today.

Bjrogg

PS I did do some more straightening on that red osier shaft while eating lunch yesterday. Itís nice and straight now. I will keep checking on it and keep straightening it from time to time. This is the stone point I knapped from stone I found on my farm. Sure wish I could find a bunch of this stuff
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on November 01, 2022, 03:41:26 am
The local Farmers were really hustling Sunday, to get Beans and Corn Combined. Thanks as always for sharing - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 01, 2022, 07:14:50 pm
Sure was a beautiful day Bob. Way to nice for digging beets.

We started digging beets at 2:30am and shut down at 12:30. Was kinda nice finishing in daylight. I cleaned and poked mud of digger. Looked it over really good. Greased it. Fuel tractor and got everything ready to go again at 2:00am.

Had my supper and about ready for bed .

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 02, 2022, 04:24:52 am
Well I have all of our trucks loaded and waiting at scales for the piling ground to open. Should be in a couple minutes.

No fog this morning. We are all very thankful for that.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 01:38:33 am
We dug from 2:00 am till 12:30 yesterday. Got 35 acres dug and hauled to piles.

We are digging from 2:00am till 11:00 am this morning. Then we are going to be shut down until probably Monday or Tuesday.

We now have just over 200 acres harvested and about 150 acres to go.

We hauled exactly 200 loads 6993 tons and a average sugar content of 19.11% and 34.9 tons per acre.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 01:41:39 am
The yields are better than I was expecting. They have really been putting on tons and sugar for the past few months

Digging in the dark

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 01:43:45 am
And here comes the sun

Bjrogg

Gotta go the trucks will soon be waiting for me
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 04:52:15 am
Got the first round of trucks loaded and first one is back for its second load

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 07:41:26 am
We were really clicking and then the fog rolled in heavy.

We parked our trucks.

Have to get 3 more empty ones to finish the strip we are on
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 03, 2022, 09:09:59 am
Sun came up and fog let up enough to get empty trucks back to finish the strip

We decide not to open up another. With fog and 11:00 required weigh in time.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 05, 2022, 07:02:26 am
We did finish that strip. We didnít start another.

I cleaned up beet digger and looked everything over really good. Then spread rye seed on the ground we had harvested already.

I thought about going hunting but I was just to tired and sore. I couldnít stay awake so I went home and went to bed. I thought I would get up in the morning and go instead. When I woke up in the early morning I went to bathroom and decided the bed felt really, really, really good. I decided I needed sleep more than hunting and went back to bed.

Yesterday we finished harvesting my sons corn and our neighbors to. Then I spread rye, and he got some tillage done.

This morning the wind is blowing hard. Iím not going hunting in this. I feel like a person again and I really missed my wife even though she was here all the while. Was really nice to actually have a little time with her.

The weather has warmed enough that we are shut down until Monday morning. Hopefully we can finish the field we are in then.

Tuesday I have to go with my wife to have a spot removed from her cheek. We had a biopsy taken about five years ago. It came back negative. She had a follow up a year later and doctors gave her the ok. Her next two visits were canceled because of Covid. This spring when she was having her medical problems the doctors and nurses were concerned about that spot.

We tried to get appointment but it took almost six months to get in because they are so far behind. As soon as the doctor saw her he was very concerned and immediately started removing the spot and sent in another biopsy. He said he was sure what it was though. Biopsy came back positive. My wife doesnít remember the name of the cancer, or know anything about it. They did tell her it was highly unlikely that it spread though so we are hopeful.

Tuesday morning we are going to vote first thing and then go to city for her procedure. Any thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.

I donít know what will happen. Itís a rather large spot or maybe several together. I donít have a lot of information on it yet. Of course my wife is worried about the spot and what she will look like after the procedure. It is smack dab in the center of her cheek.

Iím just wanting to get her to doctors and get her well and she is going to look beautiful to me as long as she is healthy. Itís been a tough 12 months. I have lost some really good friends. I certainly hope I donít lose my wife. I donít think I will , but itís scary all the same.

We have a good 3 days left of digging beets. Next week sounds like pretty good weather for storing and harvesting them.

Really hoping we can finish the field we are in now Monday. There should be about 40 acres left in it.

Then Tuesday take my wife for her successful procedure while my truck drivers attend their father and grandpaís funeral. He was a good man and lived a good long life. Was 93 and in good shape until just a month ago. He told everyone  not to cry for him. He was very blessed

Then hopefully the equipment can get moved to the last field. Itís literally right across the railroad tracks from the piling grounds so even if we have a skeleton crew we should be able to get something done.

Maybe we can be finished by Thursday or Friday.

Bjrogg

Spreading rye on sons corn stalks and him doing tillage
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 11:36:52 am
My wife and I are having breakfast on the way home from doctors. They decided to prescribe her a chemotherapy cream to use on her spot. They said it wouldnít spread so that is very much a relief.

They thought the chemo cream was worth trying. Removing by surgery would leave a nasty scar and odds are pretty decent this might work. Sure hoping so.


Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:27:07 pm
Yesterday was a big day. I started digging beets at 5:30am there was a full moon sitting in the west. It sure was pretty. Way better than the pictures.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:28:59 pm
Then the sunrise in the east
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:32:18 pm
The truck drivers kept me very busy. By 2:30 pm we had finished the field. We fueled everything up and moved 9 miles to our last field. Right across the railroad tracks from the piling ground.

The last six rows in field

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:35:13 pm
That was 41 acre which is pretty good day, but it didnít stop there.

We had a really smooth move and got digging in the last field before dark. It wasnít long and the moonrise was in the east.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:36:24 pm
Just a little while later and the sunset was in the west.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:41:30 pm
I dug another 20.99 acres before we called it a day. That was pretty close to 10:00 pm. I went home very tired, but very happy to be in the last field.

The moon was really beautiful

I even got a pretty good picture of it. Seems like I have a very hard time getting a good picture of the moon.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 08, 2022, 12:50:22 pm
I ended up digging 61.7 acres yesterday. We have about 61 acres left.

I took my wife to doctors this morning and my nephew is running the beet digger. I just checked in with my son and it sounds like things are going good. Thatís great news. Iím getting pretty old to still be doing this beet digging job. Itís really not a job for a old man, but I have been the only one who has run the digger for close to thirty years. I hope my nephew makes out ok. The digging conditions in this field were very good so that should help.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 09, 2022, 06:50:36 am
When I got back to field after taking my wife to doctors I was kinda hoping my nephew wouldnít want to give up his new beet digger job. He was ready to go back to his cart though. His neck, back and shoulders were killing him. I was pretty sure they would be. By the end of beet digging season my neck looks like a buck in rut.

He did really good though and had a little over 25 acres off. Just another 35 to go.

We all took our normal jobs back and really loaded trucks.

The drivers kept me right busy. They didnít have a line and they only had to go across the tracks with the beets.

Digging conditions were excellent and I could dig a gear faster. A little before dark I asked the drivers if they wanted to quit for the day earlier and finish in the morning? Or keep at it till we got done. They overwhelmingly voted for staying till we were done. Iím thinking they really just wanted to be finished.

Everything worked like a clock and we finished about 7:30 with a full moon watching over the beet piling ground.

We made it through another harvest. Glad to be done. We did our part and delivered some really great quality sugar beets. Now it up to the factories and Mother Nature. I sure hope they can store well and get processed in good shape to get that sweet sugar they hold inside.

That story wonít be done till mid march. Thatís a lot better than mid April though so Iím pretty optimistic. Our Croswell factory that we put so much money and renovations into two summers ago during the peak of Covid was a complete disappointment last year, but itís kicking butt this year. We already processed more sugar from that facility than we did all season last year and thereís still 4 months of slice left. Sure wish they could have performed like that last year but glad they got the bugs out this year.

Bjrogg

Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 09, 2022, 06:51:38 am
The piling ground just across the tracks
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 09, 2022, 06:52:48 am
The finished field with a full moon watching over the beet piles
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pat B on November 09, 2022, 10:21:43 am
You guys are incredible, Brian. Farmers are the lifeblood of America.  :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on November 09, 2022, 11:04:50 am
You are not scared by the thought of the work. That's for sure  :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on November 10, 2022, 04:13:34 am
Good job Gang ! Hopefuly, You can get a bit of "Treestand" Therapy the next couple of Weeks, Rut is Full Bore here now  :-D ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 10, 2022, 07:30:31 am
Thanks Pat.

I think we are a vertebra in the backbone, but thereís lots of other vertebrates to.

Lots of amazing hard working people out there that keep things going. I tip my hat to all of them.

The world needs more of them and sometimes I think they are taken for granted. Everyone likes hearing a Thank You from time to time.

Thanks again for yours Pat

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 10, 2022, 07:37:15 am
GlisGlis when I was young my brothers and I would argue about whoís job that was. My dad would say you kids put more time into arguing whoís job it is than if you just did it.

I realized he was right.

Now we donít argue about whoís going to do it. We just do it and there is a never ending list of jobs to do around here

If I donít have something to do it usually doesnít take me long to find something to keep me occupied

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 10, 2022, 07:46:52 am
Thanks Bob Iíll pass that on to the rest of the crew. Without them we get nowhere.

I spend a lot of time by myself in a tractor, sprayer or combine.

There is something about working with a whole crew . Everyone being a gear in the transmission and doing their part.

Joking and teasing usually makes the job more pleasant. A little competition seems to push everyone a little more without making them feel pushed.

We have a fantastic crew and I very much respect and appreciate everyone of them and especially their combined efforts.

As for the tree time Iím sure hoping to get a little in before gun season starts . Just a few days away now. I should of gone this morning. Getting lazy in my old age.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 10, 2022, 08:04:23 am
The harvest might be over, but the work isnít done.

Today is going to be a nice day, but then itís going to get cold. Lows in the twenties highs in the low 30ís with wind .

Yesterday was the day that Michigan Sugar was hoping to be 90% harvested.

They estimate that they we will be 80% harvested. That still leaves a big pile of beets out there yet.

The weather from here on doesnít sound like good storage weather. Today to warm and then turning to cold for the extended forecast.

They decided to keep harvesting as long as it was possible to do so. These beets will be put on separate piles and processed as soon as possible. This has been done in the past and usually they charge a certain amount per ton for the disruption in beet delivery.

The beets are very good quality yet though so hopefully everyone can get them harvested and our factories can process them.

We hope to get a bunch of washing equipment done today while the weather is warm. I scraped dirt and mud off beet digger yesterday until I couldnít lift the scraper anymore. Kinda like breaking up the ice frozen on the boats on deadliest catch except itís dirt and mud. And Iím not worried about sinking.

Lots and lots of stuff to get cleaned up and ready to run through the shop again for next year.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on November 10, 2022, 08:05:05 am
Sounds like a good and successful harvest. Congrats! The high sugar content has to make things that much better. I was wondering if the dry weather would help out with that in beets like it does with tree fruit or grapes. Seems I saw numbers almost 25% or so higher than average.

One last tank of urea to spray on the apples then I can winterize and drain outside water lines. None too soon as rain from Nicole gets here tonight along with a cold front. Almost 70 for a high today, while looks like upper 30's by Sunday. Had some unexpected help from the guys that press cider yesterday and we got some sulfur spread on blueberries and some other of my side jobs finished up before the weather change. With the rain tomorrow I'll use the temp help thats still here to wash and grade as much fruit and we can. The last couple guys head south next week. So the more we get done tomorrow the less Ill need to do by myself.
Mike
                 
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on November 10, 2022, 08:50:47 am
I didn't know but read that the Netherlands was one of the biggest food exporters in the world, the climate extremists now in power have passed environmental "regulations" that are so stringent that they will put some of the farmers out of business. The legislators know this but say they have to "save" the planet.

There are places in the world that import almost all of their food, with the Ukraine under siege and the Netherlands essentially in the same boat things don't look good for the more impoverished countries.

I am blown away by the precision and co-ordination of your farming operation bjrogg, it is like a fine well-oiled clock. I fear regulations, penalties and fees that may someday make it difficult to be a farmer. Things like requiring battery powered equipment may be in the future, let's hope not.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 11, 2022, 05:46:57 am
Yes Mike the weather we had this fall really helped us out with the sugar content. It seems to me like the nicer the fall colors the better the sugar content in the beets. Our Maples were stunning this year with vibrant colors. The rest of our fall colors were good to. We had a earlier frost. It wasnít even a complete killing frost, but enough to trigger the beets into making sugar. Then we had a beautiful Indian summer and the beets used it to make sugar. That seems to be the winning combination for sugar to me.

Glad your getting things finished up and put away.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 11, 2022, 06:20:23 am
Eric I understand your concerns and I could definitely go on a long rant about so many things I worry about, but Iíd probably be thrown out of the campfire in very short order.

I will simply say that my ideas for saving the planet and others are not necessarily the same.

I feel we need to use all our tools for the job. Old ways combined with new ways.

Iím not against electric vehicles, but I donít see how they are going to save the environment. Mining for the rare earth minerals is not environmentally friendly and neither is making the batteries or disposal of them.

Iím always amazed how these newer (some are 20 years old newer) Diesel engines burn so clean. You can start one up and run it in our shop for 15 minutes and not even be able to smell it. They are so much clearer than the older ones. Seems like a a shame to throw that all away.

Hydrogen shows promise and ethanol is a good renewal energy source.

It seems to me that the requirements for everything to be electric are misplaced.

Kinda like when you watch the green remodel of a kitchen on the home improvement channels.


They take a perfectly good kitchen. Tare out everything that was working. Replace countertops with recycled glass. All new stainless steel appliances and somehow think because they used recycled glass countertops it is a win for the environment. I on the other hand think they just wasted a lot of energy turning a perfectly functional kitchen into a ďGreen Kitchen ď

Enough of that though

I do worry about the future of agriculture. The more land we take out of useful production, the more of the Amazon rain forest that will be cleared to farm its

I feel responsible use of land. Getting the most out of the land we do farm and using all the tools we are given is how we save the planet.

Well hopefully that isnít too radical for the campfire. Not really where I am trying to go.

As far as the well oiled machine. Thanks Eric and we try very hard to make it that way. We have been doing this for a long time. We do lots of things like planting our edible beans on the early side to try make harvesting them in a better time frame for us. Allowing us to plant our wheat earlier. Little things that usually work for our operation.

Mother Nature can sure throw a wrench in the gears some years though. This one pretty much went how we like it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on November 11, 2022, 06:23:46 am
Netherland (and other european countries) regulations is mainly targeting nitrogen emissions from animals farming and it's aimed to meet EU deadlines for environmental protection.
From what I understand netherlands comes from a situation of very low regulations and ultra high density of animals that produced out of standards rates of pollution.

What I like alot about BJ is that it shows that he loves his land and he try to improve and take care of it while he run his business.
It's not about taking the max out of it regardless the consequences.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on November 11, 2022, 06:27:23 am
just read BJ previous post and totally agree on electrical devices and waste of still valid objects
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 11, 2022, 07:23:54 am
Thank You GlisGlis

I think most farmers share my love of the land and animals they care for. I think most want to leave their farms in better condition than it was when they started farming it.


We donít all necessarily see that happening the same way, but I do believe it is a shared goal of the majority of farmers.

Itís always nice to be able to have conversations that the participants actually are allowed to express their thoughts. And participants listen to others thoughts. Thereís always at least two sides to every argument. And they arenít always one side is right and the other side is wrong.

A case could even be made for the petroleum industry saving the whale. Oil wasnít first used for gasoline . It was a dangerous, explosive byproduct. They wanted oil for lamps to light houses and streets. Oil that replaced whale blubber oil that had been used for lightning.

Gasoline, diesel fuel, plastics and hundreds of other products were simply byproducts of producing the oil for lighting our homes.

Bjrogg

PS Iím thinking we will still need a lot of those products and wondering. Will we be left again with a dangerous explosive byproduct?
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Eric Krewson on November 11, 2022, 08:27:53 am
I agree about diesels, I had a 2006 F250 with the 6.2 liter engine, that thing sounded like a metal bucket half full of rocks being shaken when it ran, the exhaust smell was horrendous. When we traveled a bumper to bumper 11-mile scenic loop in the Smokies I felt guilty about the exhaust fumes I was leaving behind to choke the people in cars behind us.  I traded this truck off at 90K miles because the engine had a habit of blowing at 100K.

I bought a 2013 with the new 6.7-liter engine, it started like a gas engine, doesn't make any diesel noise and has no detectable exhaust smell, pretty amazing.

My wife died, I sold my 5th wheel and only use the truck about once every two weeks. It garage kept, it only has 34K miles on it, it is paid for and I do need a truck every now and then, I think I will keep it.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 12, 2022, 06:28:13 am
Sounds like a nice truck Eric. Should be good for a couple hundred thousand miles yet.

We have been working at cleaning up equipment. Definitely not my favorite job, but it needs to be done.

We e have been doing this for a lot of years to and have figured out a few things that make it work better. Itís still a poor job though.

First we use a good heavy duty scraper to get the really big dirt off.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 12, 2022, 06:38:47 am
Then we use our water truck to blast the heavy stuff off.

We have a 3Ē pump we basically make into a monitor.

We reduce the 3Ē to 1 1/2Ē hose.

Then we reduce the 1 1/2Ē hose down and run it through a 1/2Ē ball valve.

This makes a high volume not so high pressure washer. It really moves heavy dirt.

We park it in our old bunker and the water filters and drains away leaving the heavy dirt on the concrete bunker floor. We clean up the dirt with our loader and reclaim it for our field.

We can get the big stuff off pretty pretty efficiently like this

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 12, 2022, 06:44:49 am
Next we use our high pressure hot water power washer to finish the job.

My arms are like noodles from scrapping and holding the power washer wand. We have so far had some pretty decent weather for washing. Today itís going to start getting colder

Last night we took the entire beet digging crew out to eat. Itís always nice to be able to sit down, share a good meal and relive stories about the harvest. We really appreciate these people and this is one of the ways we show them that

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 12, 2022, 07:13:38 am
Oh almost forgot.

I did get a little time in my tree stand.

Sure was a beautiful evening to be sitting in a tree

Saw several deer. Nothing close enough though. My food plot really isnít working out so weíll. The deer ate it down to nothing and now they are liking my rye cover crop better. Oh well itís still nice watching them and the sunset

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Stoker on November 12, 2022, 11:30:19 am
A little time in the stand is a wonderful thing
Thanks for bringing us along
Leroy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on November 14, 2022, 08:05:54 am
Beautiful sun set and time is the stand is always relaxing to me, deer or no deer. ;)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 14, 2022, 11:00:20 am
Beautiful sun set and time is the stand is always relaxing to me, deer or no deer. ;)
 Pappy

Thanks Pappy. Yes it certainly is relaxing. Thatís one reason I like to hunt from the ground sometimes. I get a little to relaxed sometimes and I donít want to wake up hanging from my tree.


23 degrees this morning and I didnít wash anything yet.

Needed to get some stuff done on computer.

While I was at it I wrote down a few logistics from beet harvest

We had 336 loads from our fields ( I donít have neighbors figured yet)

Company has our certified acres at 345.8

We delivered a net 11,355.52 tons of beets

We averaged 32.84 tons per acre.

Our average sugar content was 19.43

Raw sugar per ton was 291.94 lbs

That should make  3,315,130.51 lbs of sugar

Pretty good crop of beets especially considering the dry weather . We are happy with it

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Buckskinner on November 14, 2022, 11:53:59 am
Beautiful sun set and time is the stand is always relaxing to me, deer or no deer. ;)
 Pappy



Raw sugar per ton was 291.94 lbs

That should make  3,315,130.51 lbs of sugar

Pretty good crop of beets especially considering the dry weather . We are happy with it

Bjrogg

That is a lot of sugar!!! No wonder our nation is so obese!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: M2A on November 16, 2022, 07:49:11 am
Those are some big numbers BJ. Not sure I can comprehend a pile of anything that large :) We get juice apples trucked in from various states along the east coast, from large growers, and 1 tractor trailer with a dump bed will average about 50k lbs of fruit. Thats about as big of a number I can wrap my head around.
Time to start working for next season? lol
Mike     
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 20, 2022, 10:45:46 am
Beautiful sun set and time is the stand is always relaxing to me, deer or no deer. ;)
 Pappy



Raw sugar per ton was 291.94 lbs

That should make  3,315,130.51 lbs of sugar

Pretty good crop of beets especially considering the dry weather . We are happy with it

Bjrogg

That is a lot of sugar!!! No wonder our nation is so obese!

In moderation itís all good. I donít have a huge sweet tooth. I do prefer real natural sugar to the artificial sweeteners though. I personally donít think that stuff is good for you. And I donít think thatís just the sugar beet farmer in me, but I could be wrong.



Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 20, 2022, 11:00:32 am
Those are some big numbers BJ. Not sure I can comprehend a pile of anything that large :) We get juice apples trucked in from various states along the east coast, from large growers, and 1 tractor trailer with a dump bed will average about 50k lbs of fruit. Thats about as big of a number I can wrap my head around.
Time to start working for next season? lol
Mike   

Yes the sugar beet harvest and processing of the beets is a big number game for sure.

It always seems strange that a tall crop of corn looks huge. But even if you chop it for silage itís still only about 2/3 as many tons per acre as the roots of the sugar beets.

Iím glad our sugar percentage is up this year.

Last year we had incredible tons. We averaged 44 tons per acre. Almost 25% more tons than this year. We ended up having to pay farmers to dispose of those extra tons as we couldnít process them before they spoiled.

The sugar content was so low that we ended up producing the lowest amount of sugar in many years.

Iíd much rather have 32 tons and 19.47 percent sugar than 44 tons and 15 percent sugar . Hopefully we can get these high quality beets processed. We are expecting to have them processed by mid March. Thatís a pretty good ending date. Last year was mid April and we didnít finish. We just disposed of the rest.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 20, 2022, 11:06:51 am
Well nothing really exciting going on at the farm. Just a lot of washing equipment and cleaning up the shop.

I did sneak out with my bow the night before opening day gun. I probably should have taken a shoot at a small doe, but I passed. Was nice to get the opportunity though and itís still exciting to get so close even with out shooting anything

Iíve been out a couple times with my old 12 gauge. Passed on these does. Was hoping a big buck might show but no such luck.

They might not be so lucky next time we meet.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 20, 2022, 11:23:22 am
Yesterday afternoon the Ubly football team played iron mountain and won district championship.

Next Friday they go to Ford Field for State Championship.

Thinking it should be a good game. They have been unstoppable so far. Really playing good games. They won yesterday 41-14. I think that was the only game they played this year that didnít end with a running clock.

Making plans to go see that one in person

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 21, 2022, 10:36:54 am
Been working on this arrow when I get a chance for awhile.

 I collected the red osier shaft from my farm several years ago. I have been straightening it for about a month and it seems to be staying straight now.

I found a piece of chert from the local quarry. Itís very nice quality chert, but itís been through crusher so itís really hard to find pieces that arenít ruined. I managed to get a pretty decent point out of this one.

I wrapped both ends of shaft with sinew. About a half inch from notch end and 3/4Ē from point end. I like to do it first so I donít split the shaft trying to fit point.

Then I dry fit the stone point

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 21, 2022, 10:45:56 am
Then I mix a dab of epoxy and glue point on. Then I finish by using my pitch glue.

I let it cool and wrap with sinew

Then I spray one coat of clear satin enamel before I apply my markings. I do this to keep the paint from bleeding into the grain of the wood. It also allows me to wipe off my mistakes if I need to.

After paint dries completely I will spray several more thin coats of clear satin enamel to lock my water base markingís on.

Hereís what I have so far.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 21, 2022, 11:00:56 am
Iím thinking I will go with two fletch but itís going to have to wait. Maybe tomorrow

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on November 21, 2022, 11:37:47 am
Point and arrow look great! I've dabbled in making some two fletch arrows so I am interested in seeing yours when you finish.
take care,
brian
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 21, 2022, 01:18:06 pm
Point and arrow look great! I've dabbled in making some two fletch arrows so I am interested in seeing yours when you finish.
take care,
brian

Thanks Brian.

I donít know how authentic mine are, but itís my rendition of a two fletch.

Iíve been very happy with the ones I have made so far.

I will try to take some pictures as I go. Show how I do it.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on November 22, 2022, 03:49:12 am
Really like Your Arrows Brian - very nice  :OK ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: GlisGlis on November 22, 2022, 10:44:22 am
Hurry up with that arrow. A deer is waiting  :OK
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: WhistlingBadger on November 22, 2022, 01:24:49 pm
Nice looking arrow, BJ!
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on November 23, 2022, 08:02:15 am
Nice work on the arrow. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:17:13 am
Thanks for the nice words everyone. I didnít finish it yet but I did get a little more work done on my arrow

Two wild turkey tail feathers

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:18:55 am
First I decided how long I want fletch and peal fletch ahead of that point off the quill.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:19:36 am
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:21:16 am
Then I peal fletch off leaving about half as much fletch on opposite side of feather.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:22:06 am
Should look something like this.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:23:40 am
Then I use first Fletch for pattern of second. Trying to make them as close to the same as possible
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:25:07 am
Then I grind quill down with my bench grinder like so
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:30:15 am
Next I put two dots with my magic marker where I want tips of quill to be placed. They are place lined up with string at front of fletch. On  top and one on bottom of arrow shaft. I wrap the exposed quill on with sinew and a little tb2 to waterproof it.

This is what I have so far

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 05:37:37 am
Had a really nice Thanksgiving with most of my siblings and family. Was beautiful day. Pretty white frost covered everything in the morning and the weather was nice.

We watched the Lions almost win their fourth game in a row. Not quite though. We are pretty use to not quite winning. No one was surprised when we kicked field goal to take lead with 23 seconds left and we still lost. At least it was a interesting game


Speaking of interesting games. Iím getting ready to go watch the Ubly high school state championship at Ford Field.

Should be fun.

I will let you know how it goes.

Go Bearcats

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on November 25, 2022, 07:53:50 am
Thanks for the pictures of your fletching. Similar to how I have been doing mine.
Take care
brian
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 06:14:37 pm
Thanks Brian. I forgot to show how I strip fletch at rear. Iíll try to remember to when I finish it up.

Just got back from Ford Field. Was a good game.

Started out pretty Rocky when Ubly fumbled on their first possession. They were marching down field and the fumble really took the wind out of their sails.

They quickly found themselves down 0-12 a situation they hadnít experienced.

They regrouped and fought back hard.

They tied it up 20-20 in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately they couldnít hold them. The final score was 20-26.

They have nothing to be ashamed of. Played a very good game

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 06:16:58 pm
I got to see my grandson on the field. Heís the one with the ball on the five yard line
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 06:18:50 pm
I also got to see my granddaughter on the field. Sheís the one in the front row second from the right side

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 06:20:26 pm
Tied up 20-20 in the fourth quarter. Was really getting interesting at this point.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 25, 2022, 06:22:55 pm
The team, coaches and ball kids (my grandson is in the front row all the way over to the right side.
After the game
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on November 26, 2022, 03:01:16 am
Thanks for sharing - so close, yet so far! What a thrill to just Play there for those Young Men . Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 27, 2022, 08:09:08 am
Thanks Bob. Yes Iím sure it will be a memory to last a lifetime.

Iím really surprised how much my grandson learned being ball boy all season. Heís watched a lot of game film and learned a lot of formations. He definitely knows more about football already than I do.
The team really likes him and I hear it from them when I talk with them. Thatís pretty cool

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on November 27, 2022, 04:56:31 pm
Sorry for the lose but sounds like they put up a good fight and for young men that's what counts.
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 27, 2022, 07:23:20 pm
Sorry for the lose but sounds like they put up a good fight and for young men that's what counts.
 Pappy

Yeah Pappy in all honesty it might be a good thing. Sometimes you learn more from your loses than your wins.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: Pappy on November 30, 2022, 07:45:30 am
I hope the Titans can do that  ??? :-\ ;) :) Love the arrow fletching by the way. Very cool  :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 30, 2022, 11:54:37 am
I hope the Titans can do that  ??? :-\ ;) :) Love the arrow fletching by the way. Very cool  :)
 Pappy


lol. I donít think anyone has more learning experiences than the Lions.


I have had meetings to attend and seed dealers to get together with to order next years seed. Should have the answers to all the worlds problems in another week or two at this rate. Itís nice to meet with people and get into some good discussions.

I did finish my Arrow

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 30, 2022, 11:56:18 am
This is how I strip the rear of fletch
Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 30, 2022, 12:00:12 pm
Some wrap the back first and pointed towards rear, then point to front and wrap front. It might be a better way to do it. Iíve never actually tried it.

I just wrap rear to side of shaft. You can change direction of rotation depending on which side you wrap them.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 30, 2022, 12:03:28 pm
I donít always name my arrows, but some have special meanings for me.

This is one of those. I gathered everything on this arrow from my farm

ďFarm Fresh ď seemed kinda fitting

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on November 30, 2022, 12:05:35 pm
Hope you like it as much as I do

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: BrianS on November 30, 2022, 05:24:14 pm
Very nice
The arrow looks great. I like the hand painted cresting. Machine cresting looks out of place in my opnion on a arrow such as yours. Thanks for posting.
take care,
brian
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on December 01, 2022, 03:17:02 am
Fitting Name  :OK ! Bob
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on December 02, 2022, 05:35:20 am
Very nice
The arrow looks great. I like the hand painted cresting. Machine cresting looks out of place in my opnion on a arrow such as yours. Thanks for posting.
take care,
brian

Thanks Brian. Iím not sure if everyone likes my crest, but I do to. So I guess that makes at least two of us. I try not to make it too much, and something that is recognizable. I have tweaked it a little over the years, but itís basically the same crest I have used since I started making arrows . Itís nice when I go to a shooting event that if I lose an arrow and someone finds it. They know whose it is.

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on December 02, 2022, 05:37:26 am
Fitting Name  :OK ! Bob


Thanks Bob. Thatís what my arrow told me to. ;)

Bjrogg
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: chamookman on December 03, 2022, 05:37:09 am
 :OK - Bob.
Title: Re: Life on the Farm
Post by: bjrogg on December 05, 2022, 05:16:50 am
Still been keeping busy.

I have been spreading fertilizer again. And listening to RedEye radio. Got almost 100 acres spread this weekend.  Been to windy during the day so had to spread at night.

I got caught up to the trucks yesterday morning just as the sun was coming up.

Took a little nap and watched the Lions game. Theyíre actually getting to be entertaining to watch. Go Lions

I have two more trucks coming today but nothing really early so Iím going back to bed.

Bjrogg