Farming on the 5’s

It’s a beautiful day for drilling wheat with a buddy.
It’s also a beautiful day for looking at your wife with the look of “you goof, I’ve got too much to do to pose inside the tractor for you.”
It’s also a beautiful day to drill move fields and drill wheat all by yourself.

Wheat DrillWheat Drilling SetupDrilling WheatDue to the continuing severe drought, it is a beautiful day to pray for rain because you just drilled wheat into extremely sandy soil.

Sandy SoilLast but not least, it’s also a beautiful day to take a survey. I only ask one more time because I learned that if you ever do real survey research you have to ask more than two times to get a good response. (Don’t worry, I know this is not real survey research.) I’m even making it super easy for you by putting it right here in front of you. You can’t resist typing answers to questions that are already right in front of you.



Digging Out a Pivot

It was Brad’s idea to have all of us go out to get the pivot unstuck. He thought it would be good blog material. I love it when he thinks like that.

While we were on our way to the field, Elliana tried to figure out how we were all going to fit on the 4-wheeler and made seating assignments. I was assigned to the back.We 4-wheeled it to the pivot point, which due to the deep wheel tracks is a speedy experience in itself. Once we got there, Elliana got a quick refresher course on how to turn the knob to “F” [forward], “R” [reverse], or straight up [stopped]; and Brad looked to see where the pivot was stuck by looking to see where it was out of alignment.

We demonstrated our fabulous parenting skills and left the kids there while we went to find the guilty tire. Brad thought it was the third one out, so we drove the 4-wheeler back three tire tracks on the pivot road, then took off walking along the wheel track to find the tires.

Pivot Wheel TracksDeep Pivot Wheel TracksTurns out they weren’t the ones stuck. Brad went up for a look again,

and we took off through the corn to the fifth set of wheels. Brad carried the shovel, and I carried the camera.

Even though it had bigger tires, the fifth tower was the stuck tower. Brad had Elliana put it on “R” and then stop it, he dug so the tire would have more of a slope to climb, had Elliana put it on “F” and we were on our way back through the corn.

Two way radio in the Corn

Can you see the two way radio and how it is attached to the corn stalk?

Stuck Pivot TireDigging out a Pivot TireBrad said it would be faster just to walk straight through the corn across the rows to get back to the 4-wheeler than to walk along the rows. I tried, but he still made it to the kids and back before I finally emerged from the corn.

Rows of corn

Straight through the corn option

Corn Rows

Along the row option

Either way, long sleeves and pants are the best options for clothing.

Getting this pivot unstuck wasn’t very hard. Brad said it was more like the beginning of the season. Because they have had to run the pivots almost non-stop this year the wheel tracks are getting so deep that the green base beam shown in the following picture gets to point where it’s actually resting on the dirt. That makes for a lot more digging.

Pivot Gear Box

Crane Day

Yesterday friends came to play on a hot windy day, and it just so happened that we had some out of the ordinary entertainment thanks to the work that’s happening to get B1’s corn dryer up and running.

First we watched the crane load an old anhydrous tank onto the semi. That happened just a block away from our house. Then a couple hours later we went to the bins to watch the crane lift the top parts of the leg (what the corn will use to get in and out of the dryer) over the top of the tower at the bins.

Farming on the 5’s

I’m sure Brad was out the door by 6:30. Yes, it’s a Saturday. He did come home at 4, so that was a perk. He also had an interesting day, so that’s an extra perk.

He’s been helping out his oldest brother (B1) quite a bit these days, and today was no different. B1 picked him up, and they went to two pivots that had stopped over night. Brad stayed at the pivot point and pushed buttons to make it stop or go while B1 dug out the tires that were stuck.

After that they helped their dad load old tires. They collect them near here once a year, and today was the day. Brad thinks they loaded about 30 tires, included eight big tractor tires. We just contributed to the playground flooring or whatever else people have found to do with old tires.

Then another pivot needed to be helped along. This time Brad with with B1’s wife (BW1), so he was a gentleman and dug while she pushed buttons.

This next task requires some explanation. A semi had been partly loaded with “dirty wheat” yesterday. When they drill wheat, they use the wheat they picked in July as seed. To use it they have someone come to clean it first. It would take too long to have only the chaff go one way and only the wheat go another, so they set the device to have some of the wheat go out with the chaff. This is the dirty wheat. They got all the seed they needed and some wheat was still left in the bin. Brad ran the tail sweep and finished filling up the semi that had the dirty wheat in it. (All that explanation for that last sentence.)

After that he went back with BW1 to one of the first pivots he was this morning. He asked Elliana if she wanted to go with him to push buttons, but she didn’t want to today. She told me, “He’ll be okay.” I guess it’s nice she doesn’t feel obligated to help.

When he got back from that he spent a couple hours working doing “miscellaneous repairs” on the tractor he’ll be using to drill wheat.

Talk about variety in a work day.

This evening Brad explained corn milk lines to me (a post for another day) and started on our lunch for tomorrow.

BrisketIf that doesn’t make you want to come visit, then you must not be into eating red meat.

He mowed,

and now we’re enjoying some fabulous Husker volleyball! Just reading the words “Husker volleyball” should make you smile. If you’re in Nebraska, they play again Sunday on NET.