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  1. Not intending to hi-Jack the home CB thread--------

    but what do you trucker's use to talk truck to truck traffic on the road.  (understand there has to be alot of cell phone use where you know others numbers etc------but how about UNKNOWN drivers and local road alerts, etc.)???

    Just wondering how much CB activity is left???   What has replaced it???

     

    DD

  2. ACE----

    Yep-----we've got pipelines crossing River right here and crossing our place;  but still lots of fuel shipped by the River.

     

    Rumor has it that there may still be some "moonshine" moving out there--------most likely from on up the Arkansas River though from what I understand????:ph34r:;):P

     

    Low River or High River--------the Mississippi Basin is far reaching.

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    Let's hope for the best.

     

    DD

     

     

     

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  3. update:

     

    Saturday----October 1st

    MISSISSIPPI RIVER barge traffic is CLOSED south of Greenville, Ms

     

    near all time low River levels being experienced--------loaded barges are sitting aground at and near Greenville

    main elevators @ Greenville closed-------no barges available

    Major impact on grain exports to New Orleans.

     

    Not much said "YET"??-------but this lack of barge movement could very easily could effect fuel/gasoline deliveries moving upstream????

    The Mississippi River (near all rivers) play a much more important role than drainage-------also are major transportation arteries for the entire country!!!!

     

     

    DD

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  4. 2 hours ago, Farmall1066 said:

    That’s not good! Especially right at fall harvest!! 
    I’ve never understood the river depths, so when it falls to 5.5 feet, is that 5.5 feet of draft for barges? It can’t be only 5.5 feet deep, is it?? 

    I should have further explained the gauge readings:

    Gauge readings at all locations are just "randomly" set by the Corps of Engineers------each gauge has a known MSL elevation reading @ 0 gauge reading; but has no relevance as to actual River depth other than a reading of 25ft would indicate that the depth was 25 ft deeper than @ 0 ft stage.

    Not uncommon to see Memphis @ a -0 reading?

    edit:  and 0 is not a common or correlated reading between any of the gauge locations

    Different areas of the River are always at different depths-----there is near always ever shifting sand bars developing and then moving downstream from the ever changing currents.

    The Corps stays busy dredging on the navigable channel-----but eventually the channel will get narrowed to "one lane" and then to closed.

    Reportedly elevators are loading out to only 80% barge capacity to limit the draft effect------already slowing shipments.  Most of our local elevators are full and dumping trucks only in daytime-----loading out barges at night.  Slow go for farmers without grain bins.

    I think the barges need approx 8---11 ft draft depth to operate???

    Ironically----the old steamboats apparently could operate in shallower water--------but were toting much lighter loads.

    Good luck to everyone.

     

    DD

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  5. Mississippi River level projected to fall to the 5.5 ft range here at Greenville, Ms------barge traffic typically shuts down in 6.7 ft range.

    We had a barge run aground last week while in the 11 ft range approx 3 miles below me. Closed the river for several days-----had adverse effect on local elevator prices inmediately.

    Don't know how far upriver may be effected---------but everyone shipping for export to New Orleans needs to take notice.

     

    DD

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  6. Wondering what a new fully equipped Harley sells for nowadays???  $$$$$$$$$

     

    Worth reporting-----Ms River level continues to fall.  Expected to fall to the 5.5 ft range.  Barge traffic south to New Oeleans for export will be interupted.

    Not good news for grain market.

    River was @ 11 ft last week when barge ran aground and blocked traffic approx 3 miles south of me.

     

    DD

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  7. 5 hours ago, twostepn2001 said:

    Found this pic of a "Harley graveyard". l know some guys that would probably give up their first born to have these old police bikes. My brother bought a 1976 Harley police bike minus lights, siren and radio at a police auction in Lubbock, Texas in 1980 for $640.00. And it ran well enough for him to ride it home.

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    TwoStep----

    I wuz just thinking how much fun we could have with the Harleys "po-licing the roads" up in Montana------all of them speeding Model T's; let alone the overloaded model TT trucks.  (We know of at least one TT that for sure would  be overloaded with Blue Smoke!!!):ph34r:;)

     

     

    Can remember the day when I wuz a kid that most every town of any size down this way had a motorcycle on the police force.  Near thing of the past now????

     

    DD

     

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  8. Keep your reports coming Ron-----always interesting to see other parts of the country.

    Don't see many cows down this way------let alone "bullhaulers".

    Met one headed west on U.S. 82 at Lake Village, Ark a couple of weeks ago.  Didn't figure it wuz you------not enuff chrome and it appeared he wuz runnin within the speed limit!!!!:D

     

    keep on rolling

     

     

    DD

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  9. Great stories about a great generation of people (and their aircraft).

    I am alot younger than Professor Yeager-----not having been manufactured until 1943.  So please excuse me for not having his first hand WWII expeience.:huh:

    All of these stories did bring up remembrances of my first airplane ride in the early 1950's with my dad and the pilot Lee Abide.  Lee operated a crop dusting service here in Greenville, Ms along with his old B-17 (?) co-pilot Eddie Ruether.

    They had flown the "hump" across the Himalayas (spellin?) and become lifelong friends.  (I presume it was a B-17??) and had one sitting at the Greenville airport for several years.  Truly great pilots and great people.

    I have posted numerous stories here in the past about my now deceased friend and old B-52 pilot (turned crop duster) Rod Wells.  Rod was 10 yrs older than me and had an older brother Richard (Dick) who flew the P-38s in the Pacific.  Dick was shot down and killed in 1945 just before the end of the war.

    Never met him in person-----but Rod brought his old tattered leather flight cap and jacket out to the farm to burn and bury.  I have a picture of Dick flying escort in his P-38 hanging on my office wall.

    Will have to post up a picture of these two old friends on this thread----give them one more salute.

    Gotta be careful of saying who was the best pilot of all pilots (lots of good ones out there).  I just always said:  "there were few who could fly with them-----but the ones who could wore feathers!!!!):D

    I also have a copy of a personal letter to Richard's family thanking them for Richard volunteering for the special mission that he was killed on signed by Gen. Douglas McArthur (another one of my real heroes).

     

    Keep the stories coming.......

     

    DD

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  10. Anybody have any experience with EXO Ranger Plus???

    1/2 mile range-----obstacle avoidance----$350range----advertised as good for beginners????

    Gotta take into consideration we are reading from the internet here-----where everybody is sworn to the truth.  Uhhhh-----It's very comforting to know that all RedPower members have been sworn to the truth by Sallie and Farmall Fan!!!!:ph34r::blink:

    One thing for sure------you can pay as much as you want to (going all the way up to Elon Musk and his satellites if needed)!!!!

     

    attn:  Loadstar

    Don't forget to post us up a video of listening to the dual glasspacks on the way to the elevator in the mighty Loadstar!!!:D

     

    DD

     

     

  11. I am 79 yrs "too old"----lots of serious health problems are keeping me stalled out.  Have always been an active/outdoor type person-----spent a lifetime of farming and brokering/appraising farmland here in the Mississippi Delta area.

    Am limited to sitting on my butt nowadays.  Idle time seems to be my worst enemy-----I definitely need to find me a "somewhat effortless" means of keeping my mind occupied.  

    Would some of you boys with drone experience chip in some information and comments that might help educate an old codger on where to start looking.  Would definitely want a decent camera for viewing farm and hunting land----but need to keep it as simple and economical as possible.

    Just thinking hobby type application------Doubt that I will ever get back active in my farmland real estate practice and not in a rush to buy.  This thread will be a good starting point for "keeping my mind occupied" for awhile.

    Don't laugh too hard if I ask some really dumb questions!!!:D

    Start from ground level-----I have no experience with a drones but lots of photography experience.

    Discuss models-----range capability----price range-----ease of operation, do's and don'ts, etc.....

    Come in Loadstar???

    Thanks in advance

     

    DD

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  12. Well----that's definitely an interesting project that someone apparently put alot of thought and work into.

    Would be interesting to talk to whoever to learn more about the reason for adding brakes to a tricycle front end of a light duty tractor???

    My first thought/concern would be "how safe it would be applying brakes up front with the tricycle front end"-----how the tractor is going to react???

    No doubt-----to go to that much effort and work;-----there must have been a special need/reason.

    Keep us posted if you learn more along his line of thinking.

    Necessity has always been said to be the mother of invention!!!!

    Looking forward to hearing more about this project.

     

    DD

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  13. Mississippi River is running on the low side-------also usually happens 'bout the time the cypress trees start changing colors (fall is here); but it's still hot!!!!

    Below is a River gauge chart posted by Corps of Engineers----applicable to most major streams in the U..S.

     

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    This particular page illustrates Greenville, Ms.. Hopefully-----some of ya'll will find it useful to your area.

    Interesting enough----mid week we had a tow boat run around approximately 3 miles downstream from our location.  Has the River blocked------elevator in Greenville is full and CLOSED waiting on empty barges so to load out more.  Trucks scattering to other elevators resulting in open elevators raising their basis as much as $1.00 bu.(discount from Chicago Board). 

    Farmer gets kicked in butt once again.  All the while-------the weirdos on the left coast want to pump our water from the Mississippi to Los Angeles.

    Grain bin storage is the life saver right now.

    The "transportation" side of our Rivers is a HUGE overlooked benefit of all navigable waterways.

    Most all of our local grain moves downriver to New Orleans and export.  

    Not getting political here-----just an old grey haired farmland appraiser observing the facts.

    Below pictures are from several years ago at near same date and River stage.  Looks like alot of water but the navigable channel is constantly watched and dredged open by the Corps of Engineers.

    Looking upriver---Greenville Bridge (U.S. 82 in far background).

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    DD

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  14. 4 hours ago, Big Bud guy said:

    Likewise out here we couldn’t figure out how anybody made a living with a little 4420.  Guys running two 8820s weren’t not uncommon.  Only thing we had comparable to a 4420/4400 was the IH 715. 

    Big Bud----

    Out of curosity----what is the biggest headers ya'll see operating out your way now???

    We see alot of 36 and 40 ft headers running on the big J-D and C-IH machines here in the Mississippi Delta now. (mostly landformed acreage now)

    Cutting 2x yield soybeans from the new varieties-----2 x width headers at 2x forward speed from my days back in the 80's with the M-F 750s.  (we just thought we were hitting the bull in the ass with a big axe!!!!):wacko:

    All equals lots of trucks on the road in a hurry.  No such thing as a bob truck at the elevator here anymore.

    Times have changed in a hurry for this old codger.

     

    DD

  15. Must be getting close to fall.

    Mike and the Professor are sawing wood.

    Crops are disappearing from the fields.

    Foliage is changing color.  I happened to notice this vine hanging out of one of our oak trees out front this afternoon.

    Original shot was really colorful----this is a picture of a picture.  Only way I can transfer to old cell phone that has access to this site.

    That's looking to the NW out of our front yard------across the harvested soybean fields with my best friend (the mainline Mississippi River Levee in the far distance).

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    Down in the DELTA

    --------where I wuz born.

    Crop wuz Cotton

    ------------liquor wiz Corn!!!!!

    DD

    Avon, Mississippi  38723

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  16. Attn:  all old codgers

     

    refer to Brady Boy's current post of

    "Man and Machine farming the Palouse"

    The 2nd video shows up as "Winter of 49" by Greg Druffel".  Ol' Palouse himself from right here in our one room classroom.

    Who's heard from Greg in recent times????

     

     

    Come in Palouse.

     

     

    DD

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  17. Great video B-Boy----thanks for posting.

    Here is a Mississippi Delta salute to my old friend "Palouse" himself (posted here on Red Power in yrs gone by as Palouse)-------none other than Greg Druffel.

    The 2nd video "Winter of 49" is credited to Greg Druffel.  COME IN GREG-------LET US HEAR FROM YOU.

     

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    DD

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  18. I don't know 'bout this Guy we call "Professor"------ Roger???

    Just as I am about to give up hope on Gary and all of his clowning around--------here he comes with a completely first class  post including classy names, pictures and people.

    Starting with the classic and shiny wood stove that was passed down from Jefferson Davis Simpson.  I didn't know wood stoves could be that shiny and ornate.  You've got your work cut out for you Hammer if you are gonna give Mike (aka:  Kid Colonel) a race with your stove!!!!!

    Then------I don't know if he wuz trying to show off the F-12 and Model T's, or maybe all of that fresh smelling Montana fresh air-----but everybody sure looks relaxed and comfortable while soaking that Montana air up.

    Not to mention Jesse James' granddaughter (Patsy's) homemade ice cream.

     Catches my attention all the way around!!!!:rolleyes:  (southern at heart)

    Anyway Professor-----tell Patsy to bring some of that homemade ice cream down to the Delta and I will show her around James Crossing, Mississippi (both clods of dirt) and introduce her to some decendents of Jesse and Quantrill's old running buddies.

    I wuz fortunate enough to have one of my good friend's daughter attend me for the past week or so while in the physical therapy unit at Lake Village, Arkansas.  Her dad's great grandfather rode along with Frank and Jesse, and Quantrille's Raiders back in the day.

    Any friend of Quantrille and the James boys is always a friend of mine.

    These boys migrated later in time to Mississippi from Adair, Iowa.  (uhhhh-----funny, but Jesse's first train robbery took place near Adair, Iowa?????)

    Rob and his brother don't wear masks anymore--------but the pretty little daughter does.  Needless to say----she explains the mask away as a COVID thing!!!!!:ph34r::D

    Patsy will also want to check in with the famous horse Wrangler.  Wrangler sez that his great grampa Lightning was one of Jesse's favorite steeds.

     

    DD

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  19. "Originally a delivery delivery truck"

    Mine was originally a propane delivery truck also-----found some paper work in glove box.  It originally was delivered to Springdale, Arkansas.

    I bought it as cab and chassis-----put 16 ft tilt bed on it.

    Powered and Geared for climbing steep Arkansas hills I reckon (5 speed/2 speed)-------runs 55 mph @ 3,300 rpm.

    Don't run it much------anx not much at all here lately.   feels good to know you got some power waiting in reserve.B)

     

    DD

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    Hammer----

    I don't know a damm thing 'bout wood stoves-----but have thought alot about insulating my smoker grill by inserting a heavy wall pipe inside the tank shell and then filing the vacant space with sand????  (purely for insulation purposes when cooking outside on cold windy days)  I want to keep the heat inside-----for slowwwwww cooking.

    You shouldn't need the insulation???-----you actually want the heat to radiate out through the walls.  Problem as is-----would be Smoke leakage??.?.

    What would be wrong with lining the interior of the stove with some 3/8 or 1/2" plate?????   I have seen fireplaces with the heavy plate  before.

    I wouldn't even frown on installing a small L-P heater inside your heater-------until Little Man gets big enuff to chop wood!!!!

    Congratulations on the new farm.

    Really like the wood stove----that's classic.

     

    DD

     

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