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Posted March 07, 2014 - 10:07 AM

Is it time to start swapping the snow movers for the ground engaging implements , like tillers and plows etc...  


Edited by rdehli, March 07, 2014 - 10:07 AM.

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Posted March 07, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Wow!  I'll be clearing snow for at least another month.  With our snowpack, I don't know if I'll till until May...or later.  I'm actually considering snowblowing the areas I normally till for folks, but the fuel bill weould be enormous.



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 11:25 AM

I doubt it!! Your some NE of Me and normally would be a week or two behind us down here (I'm in Zone 5) and it seems as if storms have been tracking more in your direction this year.

We may get in the 50's next week, But I expect some more snow before spring!

I would not bet on anything before the 15th of April?  It will take a week or two of temps in the 50's to get the frost out as deep as it is this year.

  I use a rear blade on my 3 point instead of a blower   It only takes a few minutes to switch to the tiller. So I'm leaving the blade on till I'm ready to till.


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Posted March 07, 2014 - 11:32 AM

That's very optimistic. Most of us aren't even thinking about tilling yet. Lets look at the bright side. More moisture in the ground this spring may prevent droughts in dry areas and an extended freeze like this year will kill some of the insects that are attempting to over winter and lower the population of pests this summer. Those snow banks are going to take some time to melt and there is no sign of warming up here at all. I think the last 2 weeks here have been pretty much as cold as any time this winter.



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Iam either very optimistic or maybe just tired of winter.
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Posted March 07, 2014 - 12:00 PM

I really think that we will be lucky to have our snow gone by the 10th of April,  then we will need a few warm rains to get the frost out of the ground.   I can have my tiller on in 25 minutes  too so that's not an issue,  Crazy when you get excited about 35 degrees!


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Posted March 07, 2014 - 12:01 PM

You can dream but we are supposed to get another storm in about a week Good Luck, Rick.



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 12:04 PM

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you guys out East have had more than a fair share of storms this winter season
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Posted March 07, 2014 - 12:26 PM

There is still more than a foot of mostly ice on the lawns and the snow piles have settled to about 6 feet. We will have snow piles into April. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 01:01 PM

My front yard is belly-button deep, but the back I finally cleared for fear of flooding.  We're looking at a very rough spring here.  This hard winter will push planting back, and almost certainly create flooding issues even beyond what last spring handed us.  The rivers are frozen much more than normal, so it's almost a given that there will be massive damage expenses when the break up, then jam up.

The good new is, MI is in the fruit business, and a long winter delays the bloom, which decreases the chances for freeze damage later in the spring.  The Great Lakes are also getting a boost in water levels after historic lows for years.  That reduces beach erosion and the need for channel dredging.


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Posted March 07, 2014 - 05:28 PM

lol I thought about throwing the tiller on the other day to chop up a couple snow banks that have iced over.The extra weight would help plowing to but melting snow in and ice into tiller bearings sounds like a bad idea.



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 05:46 PM

its a real nice happy thought, I looked at the 90 day forcast the other day from the weather channel it said for everybody east of the Missouri River below to average temps , he also stated there would be a lot of March weather in April and May. yuck!

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Posted March 07, 2014 - 05:50 PM

Rick


you guys out East have had more than a fair share of storms this winter season

Yep, not as bad as some winters, it was just bitter cold this time.



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Posted March 07, 2014 - 06:49 PM

I was thinking about putting the mowing deck on today. Got a couple square feet of clear grass where the wind blew the snow off.


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Posted March 07, 2014 - 07:27 PM

I could put the tiller on the B10 and try breaking up some of the ice piles around here.  That would be fun...for a little while anyway.






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