farm dogs

Meet the farm dogs. Click on the ‘harvest 2014′ tab. 

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new grain-cart auger camera

Check out the new auger camera on the grain-cart. Click on the ‘harvest 2014′ tab.

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video reporting

Using Vine as a primary tool for telling farm stories. Check it out on ‘harvest 2014′.

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Eclipse

Check out the eclipse Vine video clips on the Twitter links.
There have been a bunch of stories circulating about the ‘Blood Red Eclipse’. Bad news. Not sure about the red moon causing disaster but we really could use some rain on this years Winter Wheat!
Send us some shots if you have them….clouds kind of got in our way.

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On the road again

11.16.13
72 degrees, Sunny, few clouds
Dew point: 38 degrees
Humidity: 27%
Wind: S @ 7 mph
Forecast: Sunny

Eli has brought the R90/6 back to life and it looks awesome.
Muriel shot this video one afternoon in Lawrence.  Now i’ve got the itch to slip into some leathers and head for the coast.
Good on ya’ Eli. Good on ya’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBW8MLAseLM

 

 

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bike run

7.16.13
89 degrees, Sunny, few clouds
Dew point: 41 degrees
Humidity: 20%
Wind: S @ 10 mph
Forecast: Sunny

1974 BMW R90/6. A sweat ride.  900 ccs of the best road bike every made.
The bike has been in the family for years. I first got it in Colorado in 1988. Way low mileage. Maybe 35,000. It belonged to a friend of a friend of Deborah (my sister) who lived up Golden Gate Canyon near her ranch (West of Golden at about 7,800 foot level).
He got it used. Some sort of trade in. Did a few road trips in his youth. Got married. Got kids. Bike got put in the corner of the garage.
Came to me.
Got some leathers . A James Dean jacket from Jim (call sign Candy, 101 Huey door gunner), hand made chaps from Uncle Leroy, bike boots from the saddle shop in town then hit the road.
Did a few short road trips. Got married. Got kids. Bike got put in the corner of the garage.
Bike went to Bruce.
Got it fixed up. Did a few West Kansas road trips.
Got knee surgery. Got wisdom. The bike got put in the corner of Grandma’s garage.
We talked about getting it fixed up, maybe adding a sidecar. But time rolls on.

For several years Bruce has said that we need to move the bike on the Eli (my son). Eli is the kind of dude that loves to fix things. Houses, cars (especially Porches’), electronics; if it can be ‘fixed’ Eli can do it.
We loaded up the bike and all its stuff in the back of the Ford 150 and hit the road right after milking. Clayton Michael is at the farm all day and right after fishing (we have  priorities) and field work he will do the afternoon milking.
Got to Lawrence about 1130. Went to Eli’s and unloaded the bike into the garage  (the most current Porsche restoration had to temporarily give up its spot and move out to the drive).  The bike is proudly sitting next to a BMW 325i. Went to eat with Eli (Chris, Muriel & Malcolm) at the best bar-b-que rib joint in Lawrence.
Then head West. Back to the farm.
We stopped in Topeka to see Clayton Andrew and turn in the data from wheat harvest. The new combine has an onboard computer that records all the data from the field. This is fed into a program, Clayton Andrew has, which will be added to the rest of the data about the field (crop type, planting, any field work, etc) and when it is all said and done we’ll have a great picture of the field. Ya’ farming is rushing into the 21st Century.

After talking with Clayton we drove to Salina for dinner with John & Jan. John works at the Land Institute. A very visionary group that is currently trying to create a perennial wheat (plant it once and it comes back again) with the same yield as regular wheat.  Some of what John is involved in is mapping wheat, and wheat grass genetics. CSI stuff. However it seems to take a lot longer than 30 minutes on TV. Go figure.
Hit the road again about 8 pm.  Drove  through some rain.
By the time we got home the rain had already passed through.  The farm got some. Not as much as needed, but, rain is rain and the dirt is settled on the roads.
Bed felt good. And it is cool enough to leave the windows open for the night. And there is no dirt in the air.
Can’t be beat.

1974 R90-6

1974 R90-6

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water

6.29.13
78 degrees, Partially cloudy
Humidity 52%
Dew Point 53 degree
Wind NW @ 10 mph
Forecast: Clearing, cooler

Water.
A little rain would be nice. Not much chance. But we can always hope.
We take water with us. Everywhere. There are small red ‘igloo’ coolers of water in the semis, pick-ups, tractors, combine, even in the back of the four-wheeler.

igloo cooler

 

I’ve often joked that we ought to get a small ‘water buffalo’ (water tank on wheels) to bring out into the field. Of course i’ve often mentioned a whirlpool tube on wheels to bring out to the field. We can tow it (with the water buffalo & generator) behind a tractor. It would be used on those really long days…. a great way to revived for another five hours of late night cutting. OK, i sometimes worry that my really good suggestions may be lost in the chaff of dehydrated musings, but if we don’t dream….
A few days ago i was helping move equipment from field to field and saw a well. Right at the edge of the field. Nothing around it but wheat. And that wheat had been carefully cut. Very carefully.
Bruce says there used to be a farm stead there.
The land changed hands. Changed hands again.
The outbuildings were scrapped. The house was scrapped. Salvage what can be salvaged, burry the rest.
The land changed hands. The road to the house was plowed.
But everyone involved made sure to save the water.
Water is, after all, water.

as good as it gets

as good as it gets

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