Nice rain

Friday, July 14, 2017

We received 1.0 to 3.0 inches (25 to 76mm) of rain yesterday.  It came in two hitches, one about 11 am and the other about 8pm.  We were a bit disappointed at noon yesterday, for the home farm received a trace of rain, while the fields near Wheatland (4 miles away) received 2.75″.  However, just before dusk, a good rain came through and gave us just about what we’d been requesting…  happy, grateful farmers we are.

The weather station read-out in the office shows current conditions and recent rainfall. We are happy to have received a nice rain!

Today’s list includes some roadside spot spraying from the Gator.  Brandon is preparing the ‘suntan machine’, our 1961 Allis-Chalmers D-15 tractor and tow-behind sprayer for a herbicide application on the woody species (willows and maples, etc.) along many of our ditch banks.  We like to keep the ‘sprouts’ down, and allow only grass to grow on our ditch banks.

Brandon is preparing the D-15 for use to spray some ditch banks.

This is an old Hahn pull-type sprayer, the boom has long since been removed so that this is dedicated to hand spot-spraying. I drove this tractor with a Hahn sprayer like this when I was a kid. It was a real step up from the Farmall H, with a live PTO! Dad modified the original sprayer boom by using baling wire and small wood 1x2s to extend the end of the boom a little on each side so that I could spray 12 rows! The drawback was that when the boom was folded forward to go down the road, I had to lean forward on the seat to avoid getting tapped on the back of the head.
Oh, the good old days!

 

So, we are pleased today with the rain that came yesterday here in central and southeast Knox County, Indiana.

Next week is the Knox County Fair, Indiana’s oldest county fair.

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