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Absent Minded Farmer

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  1. Fresh air & sunshine does a body good. Tractors don't hurt either. Judging by the **** eating grin in pic 4, it's working alright. My best to her! Mike
  2. Great video & I love the music in it. I looked into a BCS grain binder & they have to get ordered through a dealership in CA. Seems that BCS has different divisions globally & there's only one representative for that division here in the states. Would have cost a pile of cash shipped to my door, knocked down as a kit. Maybe someday if I win the lottery.... Mike
  3. Those hopper bottoms look to be in good shape yet. Are the cutoff & knocker springs still decent? They don't look too crusty in your pics. Mike
  4. Good luck to ya! It's not an easy task by any stretch of the idea. Mike
  5. A few are foreign owned. Most of the hay sold over seas is voluntary. When I lived in Washington for a spell & was on the hunt for an IH three wire baler, I ran across four large hay farms that imported all their hay. It went to either India or S Korea. Was told by the time it gets there, a 14" x 18" x 36" bale was about $20 - $25 & no one had any qualms with that. No argument on this side of the great pond either, as it was $10 per when they put it in the container. Never did find a three wire baler, just the ghosts of. Think Tony bought them all up out on the coast. ;v) Mike
  6. I hadn't thought about corn meal from the Hickory King. That has to be some good grits!! I'll keep that in mind. I use it to make my own corn nuts. Figured that idea out when in Washington State. One of the farmers market vendors used that in a home made snack mix. It was their secret ingredient. That concept didn't last long after I blabbed & said what it was, not knowing it was supposed to remain mum. Upon questioning, I mentioned the seed I had came in a seed corn sampler that was ordered up a few years before I moved. The couple that made the mix got excited & ended up ordering a sampler for themselves & started making different mixes with the different varieties. Think it was the Truckers Yellow & the Yellow dent that didn't work so well, as they were tough kernels. I'll be adding a grist mill to my list of things to get. Already want a stone mill for making flour. The cornmeal should give me a decent trifecta of salable goods for some time to come. The third being hemp, but I don't want to grow it for CBD. I have no problem with that, there just isn't enough industrial hemp products out there. Would like to have some hemp binder twine to see if it's any better than sisalana. Oh, before I forget again.... the Hickory King & my other corn selections come from RH Shumway. Think the sizes are ranged from 1/4 lb on up to 50. The seed is not graded, mind you, so you'll need grading sieves or an air planter or just plant by hand. Mike
  7. It's interesting to note, your mounted 220 & my trailer 230 are from the same era & the drive sprockets are different. Guess my observation that the two machines are similar is a bit off. Mike
  8. So, the frame around the tires that goes to the belly of the tractor is for stability? That makes sense. That may also explain why there are so many tool bar planters down your way. Keeps things rigid. I take it set aside was a form of CRP or whatever it is these days? When I was interested in going to "cotton school" at A&M yeeeeears ago, the teacher I was speaking with said cotton has been experimented with in 49 out of 50 states at some point in history. If memory serves, the shorter days & shorter seasons are what kept cotton from catching on in my neck of the woods. He also told me that the genetics lab does some pretty amazing things, so don't be surprised if a variety becomes available for the northern states at some point in the near future. Wonder how the lab is coming with that? That conversation must have been 20 years ago already. Mike
  9. Yeah, I remember after being reminded. Lol! What you said about population between then vs now, that reminded me of all the videos out there where the harvesting machine has to crawl through corn, beans, oats, etc. The yields just were not what they are now, then. Eventually, a 6RN 30" planter would be nice for shell corn. I would stick to the wider rows for sweet corn. As for a steerable cultivator..... that's a prerequisite. I can't plant a straight row to save my soul. But, you get more seed in a crooked row, so it's said. Mike
  10. I had figured that pic was taken on a test farm in IL. That land is awfully flat. Then again, I'm not familiar with the terrain in south central cotton & rice country. Is it fairly flat there? Were 3 row pickers used in skip row cotton? Mike
  11. I recognize the first brochure. There was a guy on Ebay, some years ago, that had just started digging through his recently passed father's former IH dealership. It was somewhere in AR or MS. He had that brochure in with a stack of 5 other ones for $40 & I never pulled the trigger on that auction. Thought it was too expensive in the days of $1-$2 literature & manuals. Now that offer is loooong gone & I haven't seen a notice from his Ebay store in a couple years. Fairly certain it was the same guy that had a NOS cultivator for a Super C. Anyhow.... What exactly does that odd mounting setup do to make cotton planting better with that machine? Mike
  12. I have a manual for a 456 around here somewhere that covers the specs of the plates in greater detail. Something like what MacAR posted. Do appreciate it though. You mentioned the 86 belly mounted planter. Does that mount to the side rails by the engine? Sounds like a neat setup. Mike
  13. My 230 planter will do hill drop, drill & check row. The book mentions plates with alternating groups of two cells, then three, etc. for hill drop. Found that interesting. Mike
  14. A horse power. It's neat to watch them work. Those two are really putting up some grain as that's a decent flow into the truck. Mike
  15. Not a problem. I appreciate you looking. Mike
  16. There's a cold front that should work it's way through your neck of the woods, late tonight. Should bring down the temps some & the humidity. You'll have that planter done in no time then. :v) Mike
  17. No issue here. I didn't initially take into consideration, the amount of different sprocket combo's there are between the different planters made throughout the years. Mine is a McCormick 220 or 230 2 row on steel press wheels. Think I have the spacing figured out now, with the chart in the manual. Been concerned with the mechanical issues so far & forgot about the settings. Glad there's this site here, to help keep my marbles all in the same bag. Lol! Mike
  18. It's either a 220 or a 230 2 row with the steel press wheels. Not quite as fancy as the 800, but it should still get the job done. I've often wondered about the 400/800/900 plate planters. Is there a particular use for them or do they still plant better than the units with the Cyclo setup? Mike
  19. Once I get the planter freed up, I'll give that a try. Mike
  20. That would be greatly appreciated. It's a two row 220 or 230. Mike
  21. It's an IH 220 or 230 planter, 2RW on the steel closing wheels. I hadn't thought of the planting chart in the manual. Glad you said something. There aren't a whole lot of options for gearing on that planter, so it should be easy. Mike
  22. At the moment, I'm trying to get the planter into working order & hadn't given population much thought. So, I'm glad you brought that up. Looking at what's in the manual, there aren't a whole lot of options & should be easy to figure out. If the 16 cell plate is used, the variable drop gets set to 4 & the chain gets moved to the medium sprocket for 8-1/4" spacing. There sure are some long distances, between seeds, on that chart. I would guess the 58" distance would be for something like pumpkins? That's quite a stretch for most other crops. Mike
  23. Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't know there were more catalogs scanned into the archive. The only one available, a while back, was the catalog from '40 & I already have a hard copy. Now that more are available, I see more lost time in my future. :v) Mike
  24. This book covers the C279 Blackland planter & the C280 runner-type cotton planters. The dates listed on the pages in this catalog are a bit random, so not everything is covered for the same year. I'm going to guess the C272 was for the C? It looks near identical to the C280 made for the Super C. I'll leave you with a link to the C272 in the '49 catalog in the WHS archive. If you would like me to attach pics of the C279 & C280, just let me know & I will post them. https://content.wisconsinhistory.org/digital/collection/ihc/id/26974/ Mike
  25. Hope you two get a chance to celebrate a few more. My best to your health! Mike
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