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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Moisture is moisture if you farm! Any you get is welcome!


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Another downpour a while ago.  We're just past 1&1/4" so far!   :dancingbanana:   I can literally see the corn has shot up at least an inch, and the field is beginning to cloak in green!


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:46 PM

That's great, Daniel! Hope the rain continues as you need it!


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 06:24 PM

Milked this morning, worked a little while on my Bush Hog V4-6.  Then tilled the garden, worked some more on the V4-6, then started afternoon feeding, then milked again.  We've been having a BAD mastitis problem, so Friday morning, this morning, and tonight, I ran tests for somatic cell count estimations to find all the guilty parties.  At least 2 to 3 will have to be sold, as they've been treated time & time again, and still come back with mastitis.  Some just can't be cured.  Others I will treat & hope it cures it, and a couple can be dried off early.  Luckily there are only 7 with extremely high counts.  That's bad enough, but I've heard far worse horror stories from other dairymen's experiences.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 07:56 AM

Milking is done...5 cows dried off.  Now for a quick breakfast, then run to town for loads of fertilize.  Gonna be spreading lots of money  on the ground the next couple of days.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 02:34 PM

Well, the Coop never got the phosphate in, and will be so late today for it's arrival that today was shot for spreading fertilize.  BUT, Clint, the area manager called me & made me a deal I couldn't refuse.  He knows I'm strapped for time, & he said since he killed a day of spreading, he'll spread our whole 150 acres for 1/2 price....spread charge of course.  Wish that applied to the fertilize.  For just 150 acres, the fertilize will be 30 Grand!!!!!!!!  

  So I took care of a baby calf that died last night, then got in cow #314 which had twin heifer calves.  Mowed the roadside, now nursing some iced tea.  Heat index is 96 to 97, and I'm not used to it at all.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 03:56 PM

I know it hot, we have been that way for about 3 weeks now and getting rain also to help keep the humidity up there. Just keep drinking lots of water.

 

Glad your going to get a break on applying costs of the fertilizer.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 06:10 PM

At least you got a break on the spreading charge! It's nasty here today too. Keep the tea flowing!


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 06:29 PM

Stay cool, and water frequently. 💧

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Posted June 16, 2014 - 06:53 PM

Sorry to hear the heat is starting to become a factor for you this early in the summer Daniel. Today it was maybe 60F here with a cool North wind of about 30mph blowing. Jacket weather for sure. 



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Posted June 16, 2014 - 08:36 PM

Saving any money at all is a great thing. I hear ya on the heat. I have been pouring water down like I was paid for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weren't we just complaining about snow?



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Posted June 17, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Hauling the bull & 2 high SCC cows to market this morning.  Southern States is all lined out to spread all the fertilize today, and I put my name in the hat to have 90 acres of it sprayed with Roundup when they can get to it.  All the corn ground out at Dad's is looking pretty darn clean, so may not have to spray it.  

  Really, hiring the spraying & spreading isn't that expensive.  Once you factor in the actual expense of doing it yourself, plus your time, it's not bad at all.  Then there's the fact it frees one up to get other badly needed chores completed.  It's been nice this year delegating some of these things out.


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Posted June 17, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Bull & 2 cows at the market....no problems loading or traveling.  Stopped at Lowes on way back & finally got the final 40 border pavers for our patio build.  Have an 18 ton load of dense grade coming after lunch.  I'm spending the rest of the day getting the new shop dirt base scraped level enough for the base gravel.  


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Posted June 18, 2014 - 07:44 PM

Daniel,

Did you ever get your tractor axle fixed?



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Posted June 18, 2014 - 07:55 PM

Been hacking at the new shop addition as time allows.  Between the lack of time, and the heat, it's a slow process.  The right side end wall is torn out, and I'll remove the left side tomorrow.  The shop will extend 12" into the old shed.

 

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I just came in from doing some dirt/gravel work at the sidewall's edges using my Massey 1655D's loader.


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