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  1. Got the combine all cleaned up and put away again and started on spraying this afternoon. Only got 1 tank sprayed out as I ran into a problem with the pump. The one 1/8” pipe thread plug on the housing had come loose and was leaking. Turns out the threads are no good. Cleaned it up real well and threaded it back in with jb weld. See if it holds up to pressure tomorrow morning I guess. Had to run in for more chemical anyways.
  2. I put ours in every night when I’m close to home. It sits out when it’s further away. If there’s a whole bunch of rain coming I’ll bring it home and put it in. A 1/10” wouldn’t qualify as enough in my mind.
  3. nice looking unit. I’d really like to get a zero turn mower for the farm here and save some hours on our yard tractor. 2 things holding me back though. 1 is the price and second is I can’t seem to keep dad off the grass with the skid steer so it doesn’t stay nice anyways lol. Looked at some Kubota diesels and wish we’d have bought one 10 years ago when we were looking. Ones with a thousand hours are selling for the same price as what we could’ve had a brand new 31 hp diesel with a 72”. Brand new one now is 20-23,000$. And that might even be a bit on the light side price wise.
  4. Was way to nice of a day to stay home and work so I took off in the duramax and went for a cruise. Went out to hudson bay and then took the gravel roads back to Nipawin. Ventured off into the bush a little as well and found a few nice lookout spots. 677 kms and about half of that was driving in solid bush. Was a nice little drive anyways. Scenery looks a bit different with all the leaves on lol. Usually go through these areas when there’s a pile of snow on the ground.
  5. I either need to go to bed or get my eyes checked. Maybe both, I read that title as woman drive skill saw😂😂 wasn’t sure what to expect when I clicked lol. It’s been some pretty long days least that’s my excuse lol.
  6. Never had a Nissan but know a few people who have. They seemed to have decent luck with them. One is a Cummins. I couldn’t bring my self to look at them with the price point they had. Could have a full-size 1 ton for the same price. E brakes are something I never use. Maybe should have on the 03 with the 6 speed manual. Had one instance where I came out to get the truck and it wasn’t where i parked it lol. Must’ve put it in 6th gear by mistake and it was parked on a pretty good downward slip at a parking lot. Stupid thing rolled out into the street and stoped. I don’t know to this day of someone had pushed it out of the way or it stoped where it stoped but either way it hadn’t caused any damage thankfully. My duramax I bought at the auction had the parking brake applied when the staff parked it. Being a automatic I never gave it a second thought to the brake being on. Was a light on the dash but I thought it was a abs light. Set out in a 400 mile trip home and about 50 miles in a light went off in my head why it kept chiming at me. 🤦‍♂️ Needless to say the stopping power of the e brake was never the same lol. Dealership still passed it when I safetied it though lol.
  7. It’s one thing to have a field that cuts up into smaller pieces and still have some direction of travel but that little bit dad had left had swaths going one way that dead ended and no where to come back on. One minute you were heading east and the next you were going back north looking for another swath lol. At least in canola you can pick up swaths backwards pretty easy. When I’m swathing I try to make it as easy for myself to pick up as I can. I never leave random cuts that don’t go anywhere. Dads kind of a squirrel that way. He’ll go one direction then all of a sudden veer off in another or come back to the truck for parts or something to eat then head off in another direction again. Frustrating at night try to figure it all out.
  8. Lol I might get lost over there and never make it back😂 Bins are pretty much all full. We hauled one load of wheat in off the combine. I have a pile on the ground that I can hopefully get cleaned up and hauled in sometime in the next few weeks. Going to take a couple days of rest then start putting some things away. Have some spraying to do yet once the dust washes off and then onto cat and hoe work again. Have some more dirt to move and a little bit of brush cutting to do. New puppy is doing pretty good. Still not completely house broke though and of left alone to long likes to start chewing on things. Him and the cat aren’t exactly buddies yet. The cat tolerated him though. Puppy loves to torment him lol. Comes up licking him and nibbling at his ears. Finally when the cat has enough he’ll start swatting towards him. Never to really hurt him just more leave me alone lol.
  9. Well that’s all she wrote. Harvest 2022 is a wrap. Could’ve finished up last night but decided my sanity was worth more lol. Fad had swathed this little field at home and had cuts going every which way. Got cut over the course of a week or so. Got it done anyways. Brought our new puppy with for the last 18 acres at home. He didn’t mind going for a ride.
  10. Talking near record temps here again for mid week so hopefully it makes it over your way too. All goes well I should be done by then or at least very close. Will be nice to have it behind us and kick back for a few days. Maybe go for a drive in something other then a combine or semi lol
  11. Wildling away at it yet. Down to about 140 acres now. This field is running a bit better I think. Swaths are bigger anyways. Other field averaged out at about 46-48 bpa so pretty happy with that regardless. Thought it might do a bit better but not going to complain either. Quit a little bit early tonight. Semi and combine are both full and I don’t think the bin will hold it all. Need to shuffle a little bit of wheat around as well to empty out another bin. Have one more empty to work away at yet but if it’s damp I’ll try and move the wheat in the morning too I think.
  12. Makes for long days for sure. Usually start running around the yard at 7:30-8:00 and come back in the house 11:00-midnight ish. Just got back in now again and trying to cook a bit of supper. Don’t usually take time to eat during the day unless I’m home with a load of grain. Didnt finish the quarter today like I’d hoped. Didn’t start combining till 11:00 and it was still a bit tough. Down to about 30-40 acres on that quarter now so should finish it tomorrow without to much trouble and hopefully get a start on the last quarter. Have 20 acres left at home as well but that will be the last I do probably. Hopefully within the next 3-4 days. First pic is kind of a where’s Waldo. There a great big coyote hiding next to the swath. Little hard to make out in the picture though. It got up in front of me and walked over about 3 swaths them layed back down. Real nice healthy looking one. Probably the biggest one I’ve seen too.
  13. Got going this afternoon. Spent the morning shuffling barley around to make more room for canola. Still don’t have quite enough room for what’s left I don’t think but getting closer at least. Got a couple semi loads off before it got to tough anyways. Hoping to finish that quarter tomorrow if I can get started early enough. Might not quite make it though. Will be a long day if I do.
  14. Yup you nailed it. Product available here called protect it. It has something else in it that they won’t say. It’s more of a white powdery while the diatomaceous earth we buy is grey. Protect it seems to stick a little better but is about 4 times as expensive so quite often we just buy a bag 30 bag of diatomaceous earth and use a little extra.
  15. Took a sample of canola this afternoon. Tested 10.4 on out tester. Elevator called and said we could finally bring that load of wheat that was siting on the semi in. It had that green buckwheat and other small tough weeds in it so we didn’t want to put it in the bin with the other good wheat. Was actually concerned about it starting to heat in the truck to tell you the truth. Took pretty heavy dockage on it but was glad to see it go down the road. Graded it a #1 and the protien was high. They checked the canola over while I was there and they came up with 11 moisture. 1% green. 10 is dry so hopefully it’ll come down a long by tomorrow afternoon. Was late enough when we got home I didn’t bother going back out to combine. Figured it would be getting tough in a hour or two anyways. Need to shuffle some barley around in the morning maybe to empty out a couple bins. Still have some of that barley that we had to treat for bugs. Hate to put it in a pile as the stuff you put in it to kill the bugs really attracts moisture. (It’s crushed sea shells I believe)
  16. Yes was surprised to see it this morning when I went into YouTube. Saw some tribute videos. While I didn’t watch a lot of his videos I had a lot of respect for him. He overcame a lot and managed to get a lot done. Think he’d been fighting cancer for a couple years now.
  17. Had one just like it for a number of years too. Kind of replaced the gleaner M we had that was plain wore out. Traded it on the 850 Massey eventually. All we had at the time was a 18’ swather so it handled it pretty easily. Was enough room to leave the duals on though so we had to take them off each fall. We had a 18’ pull type swather as well so the duals had to come off regardless. 1994 was the last year we had it i believe.
  18. Lots of big rocks to burry or just the smaller 4-8” kind? Sure is a lot of work to get a field cleaned up like that. Can’t imagine the work the old timers went through to get a field cleared and ready to plant. We’ve got it pretty easy now by comparison. Sounds like my nephew is packing it in for now. They’ve got a whole bunch of canola to straight cut now so he’ll be busy for a couple weeks anyways. Figures he won’t get back before elk season is over. It’s only 2 weeks he said. Going to come back when white tail season starts. Said he saw some elk tracks today but didn’t come across any animals at all aside from a black bear. Found some wolf tracks too.
  19. We ran glycol in ours as well and checked the ph frequently. Had a additive that was supposed to help with corrosion as well. Ours sprung a leak and we welded it a couple times. Was right in the corner of the door where the metal had been bent. Got so thing eventually that you couldn’t weld it any more. Took it to a auction and got 3-400$ for it. Controls were almost worth that so either way the guy that bought it wasn’t out much. Was pretty obvious that it had been repaired so we didn’t get to hide anything. Can’t remember now if it was 10 or 12 years we got out of it. Miss it some days. Imagine a new replacement now like we had would be 12-13k cdn. They were 9-10 a few years back I know. Still have all the lines in the ground and the heat exchangers in the shop and house but we heat primarily with oil and wood now. Natural gas is in the shop too and supplements the wood stove. Heats it up quicker when we’re working on something.
  20. We used to have a huge heard of them hanging around our north quarter in the bush and nearby hay land. They seem to have moved off now though. Kind of wondering if they didn’t head back across the river again. Haven’t seen near as much signs of them being around lately. Nephew caught a couple on camera this summer on the quarter my sister bought but so far hasn't found any to take aim at. Hopefully you’ll be able track a nice one down and put some meat in the freezer for winter.
  21. Well it rained off and on most of the day here. Kind of quit around 4:00 finally. Awful wind from the north or northwest all day too. Sure made it feel like fall. Never did warm up much and were under a frost advisory here tonight now. Took off on my dirt bike for a while this afternoon just before it quit raining. My nephew and brother in law got drawn for elk here so I was scouting out some areas where I thought they might be. Didn’t see any but found some possible spots where they might have been. The big herds seem to have moved out for now though. Had a nice little relaxing ride anyways. Another couple weeks and the scenery will sure look a lot different. Trees are already starting to turn and drop leaves. White stuff is coming regardless if we’re ready for it or not.
  22. Sure hope the weather holds for you so you can get the crop off. Imagine you’ve got a pretty good crop coming with all the rain you had. Sometimes a battle getting those later crops in the bin unfortunately. Steady rain coming down here now. Neighbors gauge showed almost 3/4”. I don’t mind the rain for us right now aside from my wheat pile on the ground. Not exactly doing it any favors. It is what it is though. It’s worth more to me in a pile on the ground then standing bleaching out in the field. Maybe sprouting too. Long term forecast doesn’t look to bad. Going to be a few days off from harvest though. Maybe we’ll get lucky and be able to move some grain out.
  23. I was thinking of you today Ralph while I was straight cutting the last of our wheat. Got some real bad semi green parches of buckwheat that wanted to wrap on everything. Kept looking in the mirrors to make sure it was still coming out the back lol. Cereals are all done now thankfully and looks like just in time if the forecast comes true. They were saying a inch of rain tomorrow. Wouldn’t mind a nice rain now to help the canola. Break the straw down a little bit maybe and take any green out that’s left.
  24. That’s not a fun job to say the least. I’ve had to crawl in on the walkers on the Massey before and was questioning life decisions for a bit lol. Hopefully you can get it freed up without spending to much time inside there. Almost need a rain now to help cure the canola. Little break wouldn’t hurt either. Fridge is getting low again as it’s been around 10 days since we’ve been in for groceries.
  25. I have several forums that I’m a member of but this is the main one that I follow. I’m on facebook fairly frequently but don’t post a lot there. I have a snap chat account to keep up with some of my family. I don’t do Twitter or Instagram. I skim through Facebook daily but don’t get very wrapped up in it. I’m in quite a few different groups on Facebook some local and some heavy equipment groups from around the world. To be honest I don’t spend much time looking at my friends posts on there.
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