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Posted May 29, 2013 - 06:54 PM

Hey Olcowhand-  You may want to invest in a Papa cam to keep an eye on the dude!?!?   :smilewink:  :poke:

I would watch that


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 11:26 AM

Too breezy to crop spray again today, so working on the busted up "Big Dipper" rear steer loader.  Turns out the broken steering cylinder shaft had already been broken & welded.  Have a little more welding to do to that.  I want to build it up some once I get the shaft welded to it's center.  All the other joints to be welded at the frame are ground & ready for welding back on.  

  Hot out today!  My oldest brother stopped by while working on the loader.  He traded off his C-cab he built over 20 years ago to a 2005 Mustang.

  Her quit the street rod circuit years ago & the C-cab just sat.  I think he did pretty good.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 01:05 PM

Well, I just kinda guessed on how much chemical to use.....and screwed up!  On the lower end I just planted & sprayed today, I did it right.  Pays to slow down & calculate!  

What do you spray your sweet corn with?



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Posted May 30, 2013 - 01:54 PM

What do you spray your sweet corn with?

 

Aatrex/Atrazine for grasses, Simazine for broadleaf.  Last year I measured well and I had no weeds in my corn at all, except around the outer edges of the plot.  No weeds meant no tilling.  


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 02:07 PM

Got everything on the little loader welded up.  All to do is bolt the seat pan back on & back her out of the shop.  Almost didn't get it finished as I got to feeling sick halfway through. Got a stomach bug & it's pulled me down quick.  I'll finish it later today if I get feeling better.  Tough welding the steel on this machine.  I think it's due to being an old fertilize loader and the steel has been permeated with contamination.  Never had so much trouble with welding on a piece of equipment.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 05:40 PM

Glad you got it welded up. That may be why it failed this time.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 06:24 PM

It got some strap braces welded over the original weld joint this time.  And I turned up the heat where I could.  I think it'll hold this time, but only time will tell.  It's ready to roll, but Josh has the 4 wheeler in the way fixing the driveshaft boot.


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Posted May 30, 2013 - 07:02 PM

I hope you get to feeling better Daniel, I got pretty hot today and didn't fell well late in the day. If it's a stomach bug, make sure to get lots of hydration.

 

Glad to hear the loader is about finished..


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 01:34 AM

Nothing like too much heat combined with spray to make a guy feel rotten. No matter how careful a guy was it seemed we got sick every time we used spray .And pesticides are worse than herbicides, so be  really careful if you have to use any of them. Is your corn G.M.O'ed against bugs and such?


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 08:09 AM

Nothing like too much heat combined with spray to make a guy feel rotten. No matter how careful a guy was it seemed we got sick every time we used spray .And pesticides are worse than herbicides, so be  really careful if you have to use any of them. Is your corn G.M.O'ed against bugs and such?

 

Been too windy to spray, so not the spray.  Heat not THAT bad, so likely not a factor either.  Been a stomach bug going around our county lately, so likely all it is.  MUCH better this morning anyway!  :thumbs:

  Yes, we have the BT corn to resist borers/etc.


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Glad you are feeling better, you always have too much on your plate to stay sick!!


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 01:34 PM

Glad you are feeling better, you always have too much on your plate to stay sick!!

 

Not taken a day off for sickness in ...well, forever!  Almost always I work on through it.  Hope my health/luck continues to allow that.  Been to town half today gathering needed parts & such.


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 01:52 PM

Aatrex/Atrazine for grasses, Simazine for broadleaf.  Last year I measured well and I had no weeds in my corn at all, except around the outer edges of the plot.  No weeds meant no tilling.  

 

I assume the Simazine would kill most garden plants also though, right?



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Posted May 31, 2013 - 02:01 PM

I assume the Simazine would kill most garden plants also though, right?

 

YES, this mix is only good for corn ground, and "can" sometimes have a carry-over to the next year, so you want to put corn in there the next year also.  If you have a feed mill near you that does custom blends, maybe you can get them to sell you some straight "corn gluten meal".  Corn gluten meal is the working ingredient in "Prene" flower & garden weed preventer.  I picked up 25lbs from my feed mill to try in my garden this year.  Just sprinkle it around & it is supposed to suppress weeds, but not harm any type of plant already up.  This time of year I have no problem keeping ahead of weeds, so I haven't started using the meal just yet.  25lbs cost me just $15, while just 16 pounds of "Preen" at Lowes is $26.  Same stuff, just no fancy packaging.


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Posted May 31, 2013 - 03:11 PM

I was looking at the Preen in my local TSC just the other day.  Figured it would help keep the weeds down, but I think I'm going to spend my money on leaf mulch instead.  That will increase my organics and help keep moisture in the ground once the summer dries out like normal.


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