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Posted March 05, 2015 - 01:45 PM

All we got is buckets of rain.


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Posted March 05, 2015 - 04:38 PM

so sorry for your loss prayers sent your way


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Posted March 05, 2015 - 06:09 PM

What a tiring day.  Right at 12 hours non-stop work except for a 20 minute lunch.  Over 6 hours just in the Cat loader.  Then I had to feed out 3 rolls of hay.  Barely made it out of the field after placing the last bale.  Ground is pure mud under the snow from the 2 to 3" of rain before turning to snow. Milk hauler called, and I advised him NOT to even try to get here.  We can hold almost 4 days milk, so before I have to dump any, he should get in here fine.  If I have to dump due to weather, I only get reimbursed for 75% of it's worth from the Coop.  I think I'll be fine though.

  After lunch I changed the oil in the Cat's engine.  Oil level was too high due to a lot of idling between loading the wagon's 2 loads each day & diesel fouling the oil.  I discovered I was out of new oil filters for it, so I just drained the filter & reused till I can get some more filters.  Tomorrow afternoon/evening is visitation for my Mom-in-law, so I had to get as much done today as I could.  I'm off farm duty Saturday no matter what happens, as it's visitation at 11am, then funeral at 2pm.  


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Posted March 05, 2015 - 06:24 PM

OH, forgot to mention....when scraping the roadway today, when going around a 90* bend in the road, my loader crab-slid both right wheels into the extremely soft muddy ditch.  I could go forward & backward, but NO WAY it would climb back onto the road.  Plus every action sent the tires deeper into the mud.  I knew my only hope was to drive it up the slight bank into the soybean field, but knew that field is pure mud too.  It climbed right into the field, then I began my turn back toward the road.  She started miring down a bit, but still forward.  I "just" managed to get it to crawl back up onto the road cross-ways, then got her straightened up & back to scraping.  


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Posted March 05, 2015 - 06:52 PM

OH, forgot to mention....when scraping the roadway today, when going around a 90* bend in the road, my loader crab-slid both right wheels into the extremely soft muddy ditch.  I could go forward & backward, but NO WAY it would climb back onto the road.  Plus every action sent the tires deeper into the mud.  I knew my only hope was to drive it up the slight bank into the soybean field, but knew that field is pure mud too.  It climbed right into the field, then I began my turn back toward the road.  She started miring down a bit, but still forward.  I "just" managed to get it to crawl back up onto the road cross-ways, then got her straightened up & back to scraping.  

You got lucky with that move! Ground here is super soft too!


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Posted March 06, 2015 - 09:24 AM

Today is visitation for my Mom-In-Law Betty.  I don't look forward to it at all.  I too feel pain of course, but to see the pain of my family will rip me apart.  The funeral will be worse I'm sure.  Roads are still an icy mess, so we'll have to leave plenty early today for the "family only" visitation hour before the doors are open for everyone else.


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Posted March 06, 2015 - 09:44 AM

Daniel, We are PRAYING for Y'all during this time and asking GOD to give Y'all Peace, Comfort and also Safe Travels for everyone trying to get to the funeral. I wish we were closer to come up and support Y'all. You, Teresa and Fred will be on Our minds..


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Posted March 06, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Daniel, I can't say it any better than what Brian posted! Be careful going and coming home!


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 01:11 PM

   So sorry to hear this, Daniel and Teresa. I have been away for the last few days and am just catching up on things. You know my thoughts are with you.


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 08:35 AM

Not been on much the last few days.  Teresa's Mom's funeral was a tough time, and will be for a few days, but everyone is doing well enough.

  Today I have to put a series of more patches on the bottom of our silage wagon.  Still too much going on to replace the entire floor.  I have had the new 3/8 steel floor cut/bent/ready for almost a year now with no time to put it in with all the family and my own health issues going on the entire time.   Hopefully after corn is planted there will be time.


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Now my large TIG/stick welder broke somewhere in the switch between AC/DC.  That's the good thing about having multiple welders....you have alternatives.  I have about 1/2 the patches done.  About 10 square feet of patches this time.


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 02:28 PM

Got the silage wagon bottom patched up & lubed the roller chains.  Manure pit is beginning to get within 18" of overflow, and we have this to look forward to:

 

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Starting a fertilize giveaway.  Bring plenty of buckets, and preferably very large empty tanks!   :smilewink:


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 04:53 PM

A little bit of GT seat time putting out molasses tubs to the cattle.  BUT, had a lot of trouble getting the Yanmar on my Massey loader tractor to fire.  Hit a few times, then nothing but cranking over.  Was worried my run/kill solenoid was bad.  After a lot of checking, it seems one must have fuel in the tank to get fuel to the injector pump!   :wallbanging:   I really need to build a larger fuel tank for this tractor, preferably one with a fuel gauge!   Went ahead & drained water & a bit of sludge out of the fuel filter canister, and rinsed out the filter.  I need to pick up a new one.


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 04:59 PM

Amen Daniel, they don't run on water very well, lol.
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Posted March 09, 2015 - 05:16 PM

Amen Daniel, they don't run on water very well, lol.

No they don't! Get the water out and put fuel in it's place and they are happy!


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