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    Animal Science, Dairy, Beef, Nutrition, Agronomy

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  1. Orange Question

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Not sure why I didn't get notifications about your replies sooner, but I appreciate them the same One of our head mechanics seems to think it's the main clutch, because when I put it in 4th (technically 2nd gear high side) it pulled alright, but still stopped occasionally. Would it stop regardless of director position if it were the main clutch? I can't help but think how much I'd like to have one of those of my own if only it had live PTO
  2. Ive got a sinkhole up top of our driveway

    Needs a sign that says "Parking for Deere Customers"
  3. Orange Question

    I was running an Allis-Chalmers 180 today while I was disking and after about 45 minutes of pulling (I was in 5th gear with a 10' disk in loamy soil) it crawled to a stop. Took it out of gear, put it back in, let the clutch out, and after about 20 seconds it started moving again. Is the clutch going out?
  4. CaseIH 85 - 95 Series Tractors.

    I'm a big fan of the CIH 695 myself.....even though the one we run leaks fluids in places you'd never imagine. 2WD, no T/A, no shuttle, has a loader we don't use, considerable power for it's size. Very easy to shift, thoughtful gear spacing, 540/1000 PTO, good hydraulics, clutch is very smooth. Nice for raking, tedding, cultivating, hauling wagons. Very loud, but I like it more than the 4210 with 4WD and C/A/H we have... Like said above, the side panels on the hood like to break and fall off. This past summer we had to replace the alternator and the fuel return lines because they were cracked and leaking. Grandpa used a CIH 585 for years for light duty on his dairy, but was never a huge fan of it....I believe his famous line was "It'd be a nice little tractor if it wasn't such a piece of ****"
  5. Help me identify a weed

    Be sure to welcome the introduction of marestail over the next few years from poorly cleaned custom cropping/used equipment...have heard it also spreads along railroad tracks, as the slight breeze from passing cars carries the seeds. Try to combine the worst fields last to keep seeds from spreading. Like SMOKER said, marestail needs controlled before it's >6", or else you can bet it will resist most of what you can try to throw at it. Some form of tillage helps to get the seeds too deep to germinate. Marestail will grow both in the early spring and the late fall. Most of the treatments used by PSU Extension agents at the research farm I work at involve Liberty, dicamba, or 2,4-D. RoundUp works if you get in there at the right time. Luckily, marestail is very bad at competing once it gets shaded out. If you get your crop high enough to shade out the marestail, the problem lessens. Best of luck dealing with this, hopefully it doesn't make it's way into the fields, and here's a little extra info. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/Marestail-UMD IPMnet.pdf http://extension.psu.edu/plants/crops/news/2016/05/control-horseweed-marestail-prior-to-soybean-emergence
  6. Fleetstar 2050A Bed

    Are these trucks still worth enough to try and change the engine, or does the job become more expensive than the rest of the truck?
  7. Fleetstar 2050A Bed

    Actually you read my mind, I was wondering if there was companies out that that made these sorts of flat beds (sounds like a yes) I'm not sure how long the bed is though...
  8. Fleetstar 2050A Bed

    So I was at my grandparents farm today and got curious when I started looking at his Fleetstar with a dump body... It's a 4x2 with the D-170 and runs well, but time hasn't been very kind to the body work. Is it possible to build a flat bed body for hauling big squares or a nice show tractor, with stake pockets to bolt together all the pieces if you wanted the dump bed? I just think it'd be really cool restored, with a flat bed hauling a 1066 to a pull, or set up to haul sawdust the next day with the bed sides assembled so you can dump it too
  9. New joke

    While I'm on the Polish jokes.... Couple years ago the Polish national library burnt down.....took both books with it. One of them wasn't even colored in yet!
  10. New joke

    I heard a couple years ago the Polish Army ordered 12,000 septic tanks. They said the only issue is that they still haven't figured out how to drive them
  11. The next step

    Thank you for your kind and supportive contributions. The only reason I was able to start here was because my grandparents approached me after several years of not being welcome due to a minor dispute. I also started my schooling at a branch campus near home, 150 miles away from penn state's dairy. I realize that this university prefers parlors over tie stalls, and I personally think that tie stalls are an excellent method, because that's all that exists in my area and I have seen them work. Just because these universities set out the Kool Aid doesn't mean I drink it Theres more reasons for why things are the way they are at that farm, reasons that I have little interest in sharing across the interwebs.
  12. The next step

    You guys all present very thoughtful advice and raise lots of very real questions, I can't thank you enough for helping me see all the angles I wouldn't have seen myself-also emphasizing the fact that learning is a life long process, the best place to get answers is by asking those who've been doing it, things I've tried to keep in mind while trying to figure out my future the past few years I've worked at a couple other dairies the past few years and it is very apparent that knowledge and practicality is more than just a piece of paper, all very good people who want to help you learn and succeed
  13. The next step

    More food for thought-my grandpa started with it back in the 60's and they slowly built it barn by barn and field by field to currently milking 80 cows (dad told me once they could handle 110 but dried some off recently because of low prices)...I'm trying my best to avoid sounding one-sided, but many choices over the last 20 years were made by alcohol and other substances My biggest goal lately was to try and do the little things that make everyone's life easier. The more I see agriculture, I see it as a profession instead of "just a job". 2 of my uncles don't have kids and the other uncle....I really don't know his family's thoughts. I hope one day I can have a series of pleasant and light conversations with them while they're under their own influence
  14. The next step

    Maybe the more realistic approach would be to talk to everyone and indicate my interest in helping to run things. I never expected that I deserved the keys to the kingdom, I was just hopeful that they valued my work enough to consider me later on My dad always had some good advice on this sort of thing: be diplomatic, get things in writing, ask lots of questions, be patient, be humble, be realistic, always look to improve, always look to be more efficient, etc. things that I feel would all be my friend in this situation.
  15. The next step

    I should explain more-I don't care for the fact that the animals are dirty because no one wants to clean their stalls or clip their bags or keep moldy feed out of the manger-I wasn't exactly planning on opening the conversation by telling everyone I could do their job better...