Blackstripe7

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About Blackstripe7

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  • Birthday 07/27/1976

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    NE Iowa
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  1. The story that I heard today from our local Dodge dealer about the EcoDiesel is that if the emissions system fails to operate (regen) that you can still drive the truck, but at a reduced speed. I guess the EPA wants you stranded along the road.
  2. Look at the engine block for cracks. The common place for them to freeze and break is behind the carburetor.
  3. I would definitely use a cover crop. I would use a mixture that would build organic matter, produce nitrogen and break up compaction. This should also keep the weeds out.
  4. Remember that it's been in their family for 38 years. I'm sure there has been a lot of memories made in that amount of time. But you'll never know if you don't ask.
  5. I personally would get the field sprayed as soon as possible this spring (don't skimp, be very aggressive). I'm a no-tiller, so I would no-till Round up ready beans (or Liberty Link, but talk to whoever is going to spray them) on 15" rows or narrower at 180,000 plants per acre, knowing that not every seed is going to grow in these conditions. If you have a seed dealer that applies seed treatment on-site, I would talk to them about full seed treatment and double innoculating your seed using two different forms of innoculant (If your beans don't produce nitrogen you'll get a terrible crop) I used this procedure going into CRP ground and grew a respectable crop. A good friend of mine no-tilled beans into CRP, but his innoculant failed and his crop that started off looking amazing, failed miserably. Don't take the chance. Pull soil samples and fertilize accordingly. Plan on spraying this field at least two more times after planting and don't plan on having a profit this first year.
  6. I've been using Ammonia Sulfate for at least ten years on my alfalfa, it did amazing things there. And I've been spreading some of it with my P&K on my corn and soybean acres for at least 5 years. But I don't have any experience with using it in starter.
  7. The old timers around here called them "motor patrol". But when I was moving dirt for a living we called them blades or motor graders. The county secondary roads department calls them maintainers. Looks like every name is right?
  8. I use a Weber charcoal grill, and to start the charcoal, I have a Weber charcoal chimney. 3 crumpled sheets of newspaper in the bottom, your charcoal on top and light the paper on fire. The draft pulls the fire up through the charcoal and in a few minutes the coals are burning. The chimney isn't very expensive and it's very effective. I've never used lighter fluid since I got the chimney. I let them burn until they start turning white and then I dump them into the grill. I usually put a few chunks of oak or cherry on top of the coals for some extra flavor.
  9. I'm with Smoker1 on this. I plant early to mid season maturity corn and haul it from the field to the elevator. I market most of my crop for October and November delivery. Yes I pay some drying charges, but I dont have to buy, maintain, insure and pay taxes on bins, augers, a drier, etc. and if the elevator doesn't get it dried correctly, that's not my problem. And let's not forget the safety issues that surround grain drying and storage. As for moisture I like hauling 15% moisture corn to town, dry corn usually has good test weight, but everyone around here always says that 20% moisture is the sweet spot.
  10. Couldn't agree more, all this technology in vehicles is making drivers more careless than it is making them safer.
  11. I went to school with Joel, he's a good guy! As far as no phone bidding, that is due to the fact that there is little to no cell service there. A lot of the consigned machinery is local, but some of it's brought in by "machinery jockeys" too. And some of it shows up when they show up to attend the sale. As for Joel not being able to tell you much about it, he probably hadn't seen it and didn't know anything about it. If Joel owns a piece of machinery, he will represent it to the best of his knowledge. I'm pretty sure he has a ride and drive policy on tractors, skid loaders, etc. if you drive it and find trouble, you don't have to take it and no money changes hands. Joel was in this business before he was out of high school. He has built a good business and reputation. But he can't be held responsible for what others bring to his sales!
  12. Thanks Jerry!
  13. I like your lights, let us know how they work.
  14. I'm not sure if you need the rock trap. Does your 2144 have the stone retardant drum on the feederhouse? My late model 2144 has the rock trap and the rock drum. Just set the drum down into the lowest setting and you shouldn't get any rocks past it. The rock trap fills with trash right away and I'm not sure how effective it is. Good Luck with your 2144, I really like mine, and that 5.9 Cummins works its tail off without ever complaining and on very little fuel!
  15. In this area there aren't many split tank tankers, most of them around here are 6000 to 7000 gallon single tanks. As the others have said, they won't take on much heat, and the tank itself won't freeze in the winter, but the lid and the valve will freeze pretty hard if the temperature drops much below 0 degrees. Thawing frozen milk out of the valve is a cold, wet, messy job! Usually you get a pretty good milk bath when they let go!