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  1. View from my mobile office this morning

    quote: "rather cut at 15% and take some dock" I can readily agree with that statement. Don't know about today's grading system-------but back in the 80's, at 14% moisture you were gaining just about as much weight as the elevator docked you. Hard to compensate for loss of weight and shatter when they get too dry. Worst time to cut low moisture soybeans were at night--------could see them popping everywhere in the combine lights. (wanted to close both eyes!!) Soybean harvest is wrapping up down this way--------but we had some fields with low test weight, plus 5----15% damage as a result of the pro-longed wet spell from hurricane Harvey coupled with our high temps. In the old days------we had some varieties specifically bred for our area that would stay in the field until Christmas without much loss. But top yields at that time were 30+ bu/ac. Yields from current varieties closely match what ya'll grow up north-------but everything with added benefit seems to have a "trade off". Always good to see what's going on in other parts of the country. DD
  2. Krone RF-200 gear oil

    #12R roller chain didn't ring a bell with me. I googled "12R roller chain" and picked up on several links relating to the 12R chain being specific to the 'E' series Rotavators. They also referred to it as 1.5" pitch---------I believe that would be #120 by modern standards?? Morse was a big supplier of roller chain back in my Rotavator and farming days. Hopefully the guys at Howard Parts have what you need-------if not Google "12R roller chain". I do have some worn links of #160 roller chain--------makes for excellent door hinges on my Bar-B-Que smoker. Drops the door right back in place for a tight fit every time. ******* Interesting note on Rotavator--------spell it forward or backward------spells the same way!!!! (but don't try running it backwards) DD
  3. Vintage Ads

    Nothing to do with old advertisements------but I sure enjoy those Roosty 6 you-tube videos Loadstar. Just watched your harvesting of canola-----believe it was dated Sept 16th?? (ol' Roosty does a good job with the camera) DD
  4. View from my mobile office this morning

    Such a big drop in moisture during the day is puzzling to me-------although I don't activly farm anymore. Must be a difference in varieties vs what we plant down south. The new varieties have to be cut in a hurry down here------or, we see shatter loss and loss of quality if a pro-longed wet spell comes along. High humidity and our high temps don't mix well at harvest. Nobody shuts a combine down if the sun is shining down this way------sometimes we have to close one eye so the shatter is not so noticeable!!! Do ya'll see loss of grade if the soybeans stay in the field up into the fall??? Keep the A/C blowing cold and Good Luck---- DD
  5. Krone RF-200 gear oil

    Howard Rotavator parts: If not able to match up through an industrial supply house-----try: Howard Parts----Woodstock, Illinois 815 338-0600 This is a former Howard employee who worked with them after I had-----but knew who I was. Don't have his name (nor e-mail) in front of me right now-------but, I talked with him concerning parts for one of my machines in the last year or so. You will need the model number------there should be a serial number plate somewhere (usually near the right side end plate------or possibly on left drive side end plate). If nothing else------take a picture of the machine and the part needed and forward to them. Never saw any bearings, seals, chain, etc that were special built------gears, shafts, housings, rotors, etc were special manufacture. Most models were manufactured in England. Howard had a sales office in Harvard, Illinois and did manufacture one model there locally (model K)-----it carried #160 (2" pitch) roller chain. Good luck------ Delta Dirt (Avon, Ms 38723)
  6. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Further info/clarification on reversing the H and M's for the cotton picker-- Fred B is right on the need of the "two hole shifter opening" top plate for the reversing of the Farmalls for the low drum cotton pickers. On a high drum picker------the mounting of the flanged bull gears "reversed" the tractor and nothing was changed but adding the long shift lever extension. We ran some of the high clearance M's forward (for spray purposes) by "reversing the reverse action" of the high drum picker bull gears by flipping the gear and using the "two hole shifter plate" (from the low drum picker) as described by Fred B. (don't know when the 2nd plate came into play). I've got an M that has the two hole shift plate-----will try to get a picture sometime soon. And-------I promise you I don't know nothing 'bout picking guitars, nor squeezing on an accordian!!!! And don't remember much about anything else. DD
  7. Killing mold

    From some of my past appraisal experiences---- Apparently there are several different types (species) of mold. Heavy doses of Chlorox (bleach) does kill some types------while other types of mold will require more extensive treatment. Mold spores will become airborne and circulate throughout all parts of a building contaminating near everything-------including clothing, etc. Resulting in the fact that you may have killed the mold where treated------but leaving live mold in other areas of the house that it is not readily noticed. Ironically------some people are effected by exposure to mold; while others may not be. I would expect some real scams/rip-off artists to show up in the flood damaged areas. No doubt it is a serious issue in the storm effected areas. DD
  8. Can a Bent Grain Auger be fixed?

    referring up to Droscha's post: (clarifying) You would fit and weld in a section of auger flite-ing--------------or splice in a new section via bolt and stub shaft if near an original splice section;----------then splice on straight section of tube with two tube clamps (clamps are long enough to align and hold the tube in place). Tube clamps are common place in the auger industry. edit: tube clamp (red) is illustrated in your picture above bend and just below cable support No need in attempting welding of galvanized tube. If by chance the Viagra does work sucessfully--------how about letting me know immediately!!!!! DD
  9. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Re: reversed Farmall H with loader Hate to inject anymore cotton picker logic in this fine and upstanding Montana dry land thread; but in reversing the H and M's for mounting of the cotton pickers-------seems like the pinion gear was swapped to the opposite side of the ring gear (relatively simple operation with the top cover off). The H in question appears to be an early model (cotton pickers did not come into play until the late '40s)--------may be that it wasn't that simple on the early H and M's???? The loader mount does show a lot of inguenity on somebody's behalf. (proof again that necessity was the mother of invention). DD
  10. Life in Alaska

    Another round of scenic pictures of your travels around Alaska ---------Welder. Thanks for sharing with the less priviledged way down south in Mississippi. DD
  11. My new old transit level

    Can't help you on your "screw" question Mule. Did find a good bit of info on David White Instruments (including the model 8300) on line via Google. Good luck-- DD
  12. Tulare Fair ,Exposing the young to old school Ag

    Neat story about the old cotton picker and former owner's son finding each other Tony. Had to be heart warming to both. Great program y'all have going out there. Hopefully 10% of those children will remember some small part of what they saw at the show. It's a fast moving world today---------the vast majority of both youngsters and adults have no idea that their 3 meals a day revolves around agriculture. Keep up the good work. DD
  13. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    That fire picture reflecting on the lake is striking Gary. Other than knowing the devastation and destruction taking place-----------it could be used as a Christmas card picture. Where was that taken? Hoping y'all get some moisture-----I saw a favorable forecast up that way on the national weather sometime today. DD
  14. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Hammer---- Won't hurt to pick as you see ready--------definitely should pick what's open before any big rains. (you are probably getting some rain now from Irma------we've been wet today also) The green bolls will continue to ripen and open until you get a freeze. Green bolls not open at time of freeze won't open-------frosts will enhance the opening due to the drying process of the plant. Typically-------we defoliate when the plant is in about the stage yours is in now--------leaves drop; and we move forward with the mechanical pickers (hopefully getting it all in one pass). In the hand picking days-----they usually picked it two or three times. Lint quality (as well as weight) falls off when exposed to much rain-----thus picking as soon as feasible and coming back second or third time. The last picking is referred to as "scrapping" (gathering all cotton left on the stalk). This is basically the difference in the operation of a picker and a stripper. The one shot with the stripper works good out West in the dryer climates where they can feel comfortable waiting for the full crop to mature and open. A picker can be set so to pick the open lint and not strip the green bolls. Do let it dry and fluff out behind any rain before picking. The Mason jar should make for a neat display------either picked from the burr, or as burr and cotton (unpicked). Glad y'all have had fun with it. DD
  15. IH Tractors on Montana Farm

    Have not found Hammer a cotton pick sack---------------------but did find him a picture (including sack, baskets, scales, mule drawn wagon, etc.) so that he will know what all he needs for the harvesting of the cotton crop. (no charge for the blues music) The long pick sack was 9 ft (as pictured)------------------they also used a short pick sack which was 7 ft. ************* I snapped this scenic cotton field picture up in Coahoma County, Ms several years ago-----------this sorta represents what the Delta looked like in years gone by with the old tenant houses sitting in the background. (not many of the old cypress cabins left) Good cotton crop alright-----------but no match for Fred B's "snowbank" picture from this years crop. And--------------at least one of these old two room cabins was converted into a horse barn. This was the famous horse Wrangler's home for near 10 years. Moved down into the back yard (his pasture); took the floor out-----------cut out larger door----------and installed him a windbrake/sunporch on the front porch. Made for a happy horse. edit: The barn came off of the family farm------the cabins in the cotton field picture are located near Clarksdale, Ms. DD