Life On & Off My Farm - Life Changes
Posted June 30, 2012 - 02:58 PM
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 03:46 PM
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Posted June 30, 2012 - 07:04 PM
I'm surprised the shade hangs around when it's that hot. Any hope for a break in the hot and dry?
Tomorrow supposed to be 100 to 101, then high 90's the remainder of the week. Got some small rain chances back in the forecast! 20% Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Here's to hoping & praying! If we can get some rain this week, we may pull out a 1/2 decent crop. Some neighbors down the road a couple miles got their corn out earlier than ours, and it's about too late for them already.
Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:27 PM
I did get some tools put away & the like, but not what I'd liked to have gotten accomplished.
Posted July 01, 2012 - 12:51 PM
Still PRAYING for rain and cooler temps. up your way Daniel..
- olcowhand said thank you
Posted July 01, 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted July 01, 2012 - 02:44 PM
Burning the candle at both end will just get you a permanent piece of ground.
Posted July 02, 2012 - 10:59 AM
Posted July 02, 2012 - 05:19 PM
Here is a view from the lower end. We still have to finish laying the top run of block on the right.
Hated to have to remove them, but there was a Maple tree on both these spots at the end of the pits. Gave good shade for breaks, but the roots would eventually damage the pit walls, so I had to dig them out.
The pit area is starting to look more professional these days with these heavy block. On the far side of the pic, you see wide spaces between some of the blocks. These gaps allow water from the gravel drainage area to escape. On the other pit the end walls indeed ended, but when we get to it, that far wall will be extended into our 3rd silage pit to the right. Both pits will drain excess water through these gaps. So the gaps were needed to be put in now.
This is the pit we rebuilt last year. I LOVE IT! I used to spend countless hours cleaning the old dirt walls, then piling up all the bad silage & the dirt that would scale off during winter's freeze/thaws. Almost no wasted silage now, and no dirt & rocks in the cow's ration. And NO cleaning the walls. They self-clean. Just scrape the floor now & then to only get 1/2 a bucket.
Posted July 02, 2012 - 05:26 PM
sounds like the "Loading Dock" has been a thorn in your side and needing an upgrade for a while. Good for you that problem is now no more.
BTW, Did you get any shifting or settling in the other pit?
Posted July 02, 2012 - 05:45 PM
Did you get any shifting or settling in the other pit?
Thanks Alan, and not any bad settling or shifting. In fact, the wall blocks actually tightened up & looked better after a time. They also developed an even better "lean" than we started out with. I had figured it in while stacking that they would settle back a little bit. The bottom runs didn't move a lick!
- MH81 said thank you
Posted July 02, 2012 - 07:05 PM
Posted July 03, 2012 - 01:38 PM