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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 10:26 AM

Been chopping the last 2 days on silage corn, then switched today to alfalfa/orchard grass/johnson grass. Well, it's still too damp, but in the process of trying, we had a close call. Dad plugged the chopper, then went to back up while clearing the pickup head. He backed too far & jackknifed the wagon hitch to the chopper & pulled out the hitch plate on the chopper. The dump wagon took off through a fence & coasted to a stop on the middle of a ridge. Had it turned either way, it would have went down steep hills, & most likely been destroyed. This wagon costs going on 20 grand new & is only -5yrs old!
Luck was on our side today. Dad's judgement is not as sharp as it once was, but then we all make mistakes at any age. I know I do! We're switching back to corn silage after lunch & letting the hay dry down more. May not chop it until Friday.

Edited by olcowhand, August 26, 2011 - 02:57 PM.


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Posted August 17, 2011 - 10:34 AM

I am glad to hear luck was on your side. 20K, wow, that is one expensive wagon.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Wow Dan that was a close one.
Hope your Luck improves.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 11:29 AM

Proud it all worked out.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 11:38 AM

I am glad to hear luck was on your side.



:ditto:

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 11:48 AM

Sometimes lady luck is on our side.Its when she's not that things can get quite costly.Glad she was on your side this time.Larry

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 04:39 PM

Glad it all worked out, neither Dad nor the wagon were damaged.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 05:01 PM

Good to hear no more than a hitch and pride were damaged. Hope the hay dries for you.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 05:19 PM

IF no more problems, we MIGHT get this pit finished by Friday.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 05:39 PM

That pit looks good nearly full. I happy you had to resources to get it in shape, and I'm not talking money. That is probably one little item off the list of things needing help around there. Something always needs attention on a farm.

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Posted August 17, 2011 - 05:45 PM

We've only chopped for about 16hrs total, but when we're chopping....we're chopping! Hoping to chop the haylage to go on top of what's there, then cap off with more corn silage. There's an auction Saturday we'd like to go to, so we're shooting to finish Friday if at all possible. Then we like the other large pit, which is still 1/3 full.

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 07:10 AM

Is that gravel on top of the chopped up corn? how do you pick the gravel out?

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 07:17 AM

There's an auction Saturday we'd like to go to, so we're shooting to finish Friday if at all possible.

Do I detect another tractor purchase Daniel?:yelclap:

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 07:20 AM

Looked like rain was coming your way this morning. Hope not, would like to hear you got it all chopped up.

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Posted August 18, 2011 - 08:08 AM

Looked like rain was coming your way this morning. Hope not, would like to hear you got it all chopped up.


No, that's the silage itself. What you are likely seeing is the bits of chopped stalk. In the pic from above, the front of the pic is the gravel drive, but what's behind the beginning block is all silage.




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