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  • Birthday 07/09/1996

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    Everything IH, Farming, Tractor Pulling, Hunting

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  1. Finished up side dressing corn last night. I built my own y drop side dress bar for this year and Im pretty happy with how it turned out. We were really dry this last month but have now 3.5" of rain in the past 4 days.
  2. We finished up with the poverty grass (wheat) last night and will hopefully finish planting double crop beans today. Wheat has mixed opinions in our area, some guys are really good at growing it and can raise 80-100 bu wheat, and others have sworn it off. We are somewhere in between, can raise 55-60 bu wheat pretty consistently but can't seem to take it to the next level. However, the guys that are raising the high yielding wheat are having to make 5-6 passes across the field with the sprayer during the growing season. Personally I'm about ready to quit growing wheat but dad likes the income it provides during the middle of the growing season and if you can catch some late summer rains and raise 40 bu double crop beans there is some decent money in it.
  3. The simple explanation from what my understanding is that by breaking up the corn into strips you get more sunlight on more corn plants, creating more photosynthesis and hopefully adding yield. The way I accomplished it was by splitting my 12 row planter planting 6 rows of corn on one side and then 11 rows of beans on the other (in 15" spacing), then when you turn around you end up with the 12 rows of corn and 30' of beans. There are definitely some challenges in adjusting management practices in order to make everything work but I have enjoyed the challenge so far. The guys who I have read about that have tried split planting like this claim anywhere from 20-40% increase in corn yields with no increase in fertility added compared to regular corn fields and bean yields consistent with normal.
  4. We had about a week of good planting here in April but haven't turned a wheel now since the 21st of April. Thought we might get back in the field this week but the rain continues and it is starting to look more and more like a repeat of last year. The stuff we did get planted in April looks pretty good overall although I will probably have to replant the creek bottoms that we tried. Anyway the only picture I have so far is of one of my split planted fields that I am experimenting with this year. It's 30ft of corn (12 row 30") next to 30ft of beans (23 row 15") alternating all the way across the field.
  5. Thanks everyone for the responses. So do you have to cycle through the first stage when folding the bar for transport or can you just use the second stage to fold it.
  6. I recently picked up a 12 row 30" 133 folding cultivator already stripped down that I am going to use to build a side dress bar out of. It looks like a pretty nice bar but I am kinda confused on the hydraulics of it. It has 3 hoses coming out of the main frame and in the parts diagram it shows all 3 going to the folding cylinders. I have never been around one of these folding cultivators before so it has definitely thrown me for a loop!
  7. This is my first year dealing with JD financial and I'm not sure what their strategy is other than getting their foot in the door but they were offering 0% interest until Dec 2020 through where we buy seed. It worked our really good for me as now I will be able to allocate some more of my operating loan towards buying fertilizer and getting my equipment set up to side dress 32 on corn this year.
  8. I have to admit that I had to scroll back and forth a few times to figure out which one was new. Looks like the 2011 is in really good condition.
  9. I saw one of them at Anderson's grain elevator a few years back in Champaign when I was working on a farm in Champaign County during college. It was very cool to see these old tractors still working.
  10. This is along the same line of thinking as people who say "speak your truth". Unfortunately there are some things that are undeniably right and other things that are undeniably wrong. For example, it is true that the earth is spherical (not perfectly, but definitely not flat). If a tribal member in the Amazon says that the world is flat, he is not right just because that is all he knows. The earth is still round even though he has never seen the proof for it. Circling back closer to the current conversation it is right to say that there only two biological genders at birth. While there might be some unbelievably extreme circumstance that I am unaware of where this is not true, the percentage doesn't even register. To say that there is more than 2 biological genders is wrong. The problem with everyone having their own truths is that if the world was to operate that way, it would be an absolute free for all. To the point where no one would agree with more than a few other people on anything which would effectively be the end of modern civilization. If the general population cannot agree on a form of currency, how does the current economy survive? Separate from the argument made above, I can say as a 23 year old male who I feel like I have been relatively mature compared to others my age, there is no way that 23 year old me is even trusting 17 year old me to make a decision as monumental as a gender surgery. The irreversible effects are too great of a risk on an immature mind and body. Just my opinion.
  11. Sorry for the offense! I'll try better next time. We pretty much restored it to stock minus the 20.8-34s on the back. Had to fab up a spacer to drop the front axle to make it sit level. The cylinder on the front is actually a chunk of concrete, I guess they put it there to push the railcars with. Still didnt save the tractor any as the cast tub was cracked down the middle of the front.
  12. So you guys are telling me that this white w9 we have isnt original? Huh lol My grandpa bought it new and then traded it for a 650 and a local elevator bought it, painted it white at some point, and used it to push rail cars around. We had bought it back probably 20-25 yrs ago and finally restored it in 2017.
  13. I had a similar situation happen this past weekend. I was pulling our new to us 30' Great Plains Turbo Till home with our 4900 from about 125 miles away. First leg of the trip from Kentucky to the US 51 bridge in Cario IL was uneventful and was able to block off the bridge and get the tool across without any issue. Thought the worst part of the trip was over. Less than 2 miles later just as we are coming out of Cario I blow a tire on the passenger side of the main frame on the turbo till. Problem was that even though I had the windows down with no radio on, I didn't hear it. My dad was following me in the pickup and saw it but before he could even dial the phone the other tire on the passenger side of the turbo till blew also, less than 100' from the first one. At this point we are in the middle of the highway with two flats out of 4 on a 20,000 lb tool without a 8 bolt spare tire. So I swap one tire that was still alive to the other side in order to get it off the road. We get it into a parking lot and dad takes off to look for tires, a rim, and an air hose which was not looking too promising as it was 1pm on a Saturday. While I am sitting there this guy pulls up in a pickup asking if we had anyone coming with tires for us. At that point we didn't and were still 100 miles from home. Anyway this guy says that he works at a tire shop about 15 miles away and offers to take our one good rim and see if he can come up with another rim and 2 new tires. I never even caught his name or thought about getting his phone number but he takes off with our rim and about an hour and a half later shows back up with 2 tires on 2 8 bolt rims. Didn't even ask for any extra payment besides for the tires and one rim. Total stranger took 2 hours out of his Saturday in order to get us going again. As mentioned above, it is nice to know there are still many good people out there.
  14. I didn't even think about the go pro till you mentioned it, will have to rig it back up for sure!
  15. As a few of you know, my family is pretty heavily involved in tractor pulling. We normally only pull in Illinois in the summer but sometimes venture into Missouri. After having a pretty successful season last summer we took a long shot and applied to pull at the NFMS. Last week we received a letter in the mail from the Farm Show saying that we had been accepted to pull on Saturday afternoon in Pro Stock. This is only the 2nd time we have had the privileged to pull in Freedom Hall, with the first time being 40 years ago at the Saturday afternoon session of the 1980 farm show pulling in the first ever session of Pro Stock at the NFMS. Our tractor should be in Broadbent Arena Friday and Saturday morning so if you are at the show, feel free to say hi. I'll be the younger guy of the group in glasses.
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