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  1. Ah yes, the crazy/hot matrix, what a classic video.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 i
  4. 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 ab
  5. 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 th
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 t
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 followi
  15. I didn't even think about the go pro till you mentioned it, will have to rig it back up for sure!
  16. 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 firs
  17. If I remember correctly, that 8920 sold for somewhere around $84,000 and I think that open station 94 case was in the mid $20,000s. Wasn't there, just saw the post on facebook
  18. 14-15 hr days are not a problem for me yet but I have found that I can't swing more than two 18-19 hr days in a row. By the 3rd day my body is alright but I know I am not as mentally sharp as I should be. It also depends on how many breakdowns you have to deal with. When I was in college I worked for a farmer who had all new equipment so running 16 hr days was pretty easy because you only ever had to get out of the tractor for fuel and to use the restroom. There were a few days of that were I could go 8-10 hrs straight without the tractor having to stop moving (besides for backing to corners o
  19. Its crazy how the weather turned out this year. Seems like everybody was wet in the spring and some have stayed wet through now whereas here in Southern IL the water turned off in August and burned up all our beans. Worse yields for us than 2012 and haven't cut a rut anywhere this fall. That might change now that they are calling for 2+" rain tomorrow. However, with that being said I'll still take our scenario over what you guys in the upper midwest are dealing with.
  20. Our 1566 has the inside tires filled to the top of the rim and the duals filled about half way, I have never noticed any rocking or anything of that sort going down the road but I doubt I would ever experience those issues since the inside tires are filled.
  21. For the past few months I have been working on switching feederhouses on our 1460. The combine originally came with 28x26's so that meant that it had the little stubby 47" feederhouse. Well after we put 30.5 rice and canes on it several years ago, it made the short throat a pain to use as it is so short that you can't get a grain platform to lay flat on the ground and the sickle constantly wants to eat dirt. So last fall we were getting ready to part out a rusted out old 715 when I got to looking at it and noticed that the throat looked awfully similar to the one on the 1460. I get the measuri
  22. We still have a late model 915, I think 1977?. Still use it on 20 acres a year or so but it seems like every year we end up wondering why we didnt just drive the 1680 over from the other farm. Its not a bad old combine just wore out.
  23. Sure, first pic is our Pro Stock, Red Power Express and the second is 2 M's. We run all 3 in Illinois Tractor Pulling Association.
  24. Our 1993 Freightliner Classic with a 3406B, 13 speed, with 2.2 million miles on that we use to pull around the pulling tractors And the 1990 International 9670 with a 3406B 9 speed, setback axle with 1.27 million miles
  25. The 650 V8 lives at my family's farm in Southern IL. It sure is fun to get out and play with, probably is only the 4th time it has left our farm in the 40ish years it has been in existence.
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