Monday, February 18, 2013
This morning I had a rare privilege to operate a tractor in the field in February. It was dry enough for me to use the JD 9330 tractor with the field cultivator in the field at the Waldo farm… the one that had the drainage tile installed back in early December. After the tile is installed, rain causes the trenches to ‘settle’ and leave a rut with a hump alongside. This operation today was to smooth the humps and fill the ruts. It was working quite well this morning, and that was sort of a bonus, for field work in February is very rare. Usually it is too frozen or too muddy.
I ran the tractor at a half-width for each pass, thereby giving the soil a twice-over operation, and leaving the field surface very level. The action of the tines of the field cultivator pulls down the humps, and fills in the settled trenches. Whoever brings the next operation over this field will be pleased, for they won’t encounter these giant ‘speed bumps’. The next pass over this field will likely be the ammonia applicator, or the corn planter, or perhaps the sprayer. The weather and soil conditions will tell us what comes next.
I assisted John in bringing home the ammonia applicator from storage at the Huey farm. John needs to replace some of the wiring harnesses that were damaged during the winter by chewing mice. He has it in the shop this afternoon to begin that task.
While going to the Huey farm this afternoon, I could not help but notice the wheat crop planted there. It captured my attention with the quality of its appearance. The wheat there was planted after last fall’s corn harvest, and it got a great start. This is some of the best looking wheat I’ve ever seen (for February).
Tomorrow is a big day, this farmer turns 60! Another milestone reached.