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  1. Been as good of a hay making may as we have had in years. Its a bit over ripe but i would guess well over half in my area is in a bale. And the next week looks really good for hay. About everyone is finished or getting really close with beans. A lot of chin high corn. I am getting close to having half my tobacco set. We are going to take off over the weekend probally set 20 acres next week. It hot and getting dry here. Tobacco could use some water for sure.
  2. Lots going in from here and to the north then south of here. Tobacco is still strong in my area with several really big growers. I grow 100 acres of tobacco, and am just waiting and watching. Honestly my plate is pretty full, I looked into it. I was going to have bring in more h2a workers or cut tobacco acres. I have one friend doing 10 acres i will be watching close. Was a big write up in cow country news about it this month. You might find it online. Just hope it works out for everyone. I would for sure want a contract. I have heard Altria will be buying next year. I really think a lot of the start up buyers, are hoping to be bought out by altria or similar. When rma gives ok for federal crop insurance it will be a crap show fast!
  3. I strip till tobacco so runing about 16 inchs deep. Pulled up all kinds of crap. Whole rolls of barbed wire that was special. Fence post piles of them, a piece of rail road, a bunch of coulters off mold board plows, chesiel plows, tires mounted on rims. And the good stuff water and phone lines, thankful all old and not in use I lease one farm that has a field right above a little river. It is loaded with arrow heads. The mexicans pic up bunches every year.
  4. As I said my wife is a horse vet. I could tell horse people stories for days. They call all hours of day and night wish they would google some stuff. What i often wonder is why they are with their horse at 3 in morning to see he just doesn't seem right. Will never get that one.
  5. I have rotate tobacco every 3-4 years. I like this better than leasing it for grain as don't do want to do grain. Hay is great for rotation as some of my tobacco disease will lay on bean roots. And i control chemicals going on ground. Tobacco pays once a year.
  6. I use to train horses for a living. For sure some interesting people in that world. Thankfully been farming full time for 11 years this June.
  7. Idea i Have. Good ground coming out of tobacco this fall. Farm I'm buying has nice hay barn. Have all equipment as we put up hay for cattle. My wife is a horse vet they all ask her where to get hay. Have plenty of labor they are here for tobacco.
  8. Gone over about 60 acres first time with strip tiller so far. Hope to start setting tobacco couple weeks.
  9. Anyone grow to sell tell me about your experience
  10. We are trying to get going. Said on news tonight first time since november 4 days with no rain. Suppose to be dry all next week. Mostly just checking calving cows lately had 31 since Feb. 24th. Today started drilling grass in pastures, and putting new lines on 496 disk. Local parts store had big filter sale so trying to get lots of fluids changed. Next week going to seed a corn field back to grass. And disk a new farm i leased for tobacco, last farmer just left it no cover crop. I will disk it and roll it then leave till close to setting and strip till it. If it warms up end of next week going to burn down all my wheat on tobacco ground. May try to get some fertilizer on pasture and hay ground. Hoping to get a new field of grass hay sprayed next week too. Early Tobacco plants are up good in greenhouse be crunch time here soon. When the rain starts back good bit of work to do to one of H2a worker houses. Be pretty much wide open here till Christmas now.
  11. Pay off all my wife I's debt, and my parents. Hire a really good farm manager, to keep farming. Lot's and lot's of land here a modest new house here. And a nice one in Saskatchewan for hunting too.
  12. I remember talking to a guy once that was repo man for anything. I asked him what were the worst jobs. No doubt window ac units in August. Went on tell me about taking one a morning in the hood. Guy runs out bigger than big in his boxers and jumps him. I asked what happened. Said he reached up in them shorts twisted hard as he could. And left with the unit. This was 30 years ago.
  13. We pull a 9' disc bind and a new holland 560 roll belt round baler all summer with a 6430 never feel under powered. You might look into the 15 series of deere too. I think a 6715 was a six cylinder. The 15 series had a few less frills and were cheaper. A 30 series will have a few more hp over a 20 and be newer.
  14. Wife had a 12 yukon dropped a lifter, seems to be pretty common. We had to buy another only think her vet box fits in. Might steer clear that route. If you give up 4x4 will save bunch.
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