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Loadstar

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  1. I still have a similar version of that little flat sided hewing axe and I still have the wrist damage from using it fifty years ago. I helped a neighbour building some rail fence/cattle shelter and used that little short handled one hand axe for way too long. My wrist was useless for a day or so after that and I still feel it at times. A good two handed axe is better. I have a really old and well preserved "adze" here that I think was used constructing some of the original log buildings on this farm. Also a really ancient axe head that my dad found in the field in his early farming days.
  2. Early canola fields are starting to show bloom here but they are patchy. Later fields look a lot better and even. Just finished spraying wheat yesterday evening. Crop and field were wet but forecast is for rain so I wanted it done before that hits.
  3. Canada is headed the same way. From what I read the feds want us to cut back on nitrogen usage but continue to increase crop yields. Genius!
  4. The later Spray Coupes are pretty impressive. High winds and heat here today so no spraying. Twisters touched down to the North as well. Took a few pictures while spraying yesterday showing how big the crop is already. Wheat.
  5. I'll finish up spraying half tanks once the wind slows down. Yes, suspended boom would be great. Even the spring cushioned wheels like the newer Brandt Quick fold would be an improvement. I looked at a few of them used but most showed a lot of wear on the wheel suspension. I like the look of the newer Flexicoil sprayers but not sure they are still in business.
  6. Crops are looking great here but my Brandt sprayer is not. Tank started leaking about half way up the front yesterday morning. So only spraying half tanks now as I don't want it to break with 800 gallons in it. 30 years of ultraviolet light deterioration I guess. Lucky only one field of wheat left to go.
  7. Checked the canola field I sprayed last Wednesday and its looking good showing signs of weeds dying off. Definitely some patches of flea beetle damage. Finished up spraying my last field of canola this evening. Gravelly hilltops are pretty bare as I guess the beetles like to congregate there. Hopefully the good patches will make up for the bad ones.
  8. Interesting to see the rise in popularity of this body style. I've been driving my 81 Sierra Classic since 1986. Its smooth, comfortable and reliable. Really all I need.
  9. Finallly got a break in the weather to spray some of my canola. Last evening was still windy when I started but improved. Canola not bad but definite flea beetle damage just like everybody elses. Today was almost perfect with no wind. Pretty warm but hopefully not too hot. Thunder shower came in about 6:00 just as I'd filled up to go again and now its coming down pretty good with tornado watches too so I'm done for the day. Hit some scary mud patches on the West farm this morning. Came so very close to being stuck that I was already making plans who to call and how to hook up to get the tractor and sprayer out.
  10. It was last summer I put out the poison and I think the population was way down this spring. I have not been back for a close look but will have to check it out soon. I gave them another round of poison this spring soon as I could see activity so hopefully that prevented a lot. I first spotted the damage last year with the drone. The big bare patch along my fence line in the neighbour's canola reallly showed up from the air.
  11. Gophers do love canola. Mine moved out into the neighbour's field from my pasture one year and they cleaned off quite a patch. It did grow back after I poisoned them but it was real late. Best time for poison they say is early in spring when the adults first come out.
  12. Probably one of the last they built in late 1986. Still got the original rear tires at just over 17,000 km although they are getting a bit smooth.
  13. Yes, I should have a sprayer mounted on it as it hardly made a track in the wet ground yesterday. Wetter again today with more rain. That canola is going to be big before I can get to spray it.
  14. Took a short drive into my latest canola field this morning. Trike tires still pick up a bit of mud after last night's nearly 1 and 3/4 inch and i can't believe how fast this stuff is growing. I guess the early stuff will be close to blooming before I can get to spray the weeds out. More showers in today's forecast as well as tomorrow's.
  15. We are already close to that price here this spring. I think with delivery and tank rental I paid close to $2500 a ton (2200 pounds). Hope the price of wheat stays up close to $14 a bushel for new crop. And canola well over $20 or i don't think it pays.
  16. Same thing here with mosquitos. Worst I've seen in a few years. Wind helps keep them down but quiet times are not fun. Another inch and half rain here at the yard last night but only a quarter inch 8 miles West. The canola I really need to spray is 5 miles East so have to check and see if it got as much rain as here. More thundershowers predicted for today and tomorrow so its not looking good for getting out with the sprayer. Don't want to have to put the magnum on the sprayer to get through the mud but it wouldn't be the first time.
  17. I have a small cast iron frying pan I use every day. If the grease buildup around the edges gets excessive I'll take it out to the shop and use the sand blaster. Cleans it up real well. Never washed it with soap or anything. Occasionally scrape with a spatula under a running tap after use.
  18. How do you like that Morris MP chisel plow? My old Morris 7-31 is getting worn out and needs replacement. Looked at the earliest wheat field today. Seeded May 23 and I like it. Not bad for weeds at all so far. Also parked by my last field of canola and surprised to see how good the emergence is and how much is up.
  19. You do have some serious water build up there. Must have been quite the rains. Just the normal sloughs here. Some of the smaller ones have dried up since seeding. I got some close up views of the neighbour's wheat with the drone today. Its looking pretty good. Sprayed several days ago as it was early seeded.
  20. Just scattered heavy showers here the past three days. Heard reports of up to 3/4 inch and a bit of hail some places but I don't think I've had a half inch out of three days. Sun came out this afternoon and everything looked so green that I took the drone up for some pictures and video. Neighbours were spraying wheat. It was early seeded and looking good.
  21. Thats an option I never considered on a hose that big. My local has made most other hoses up for me but never one that big. Might be worth looking into. I am guessing that is a low pressure return line?
  22. I'm afraid you might be right on the new hose. And I'm guessing it will cost almost as much as my first tractor fifty years ago. 😞
  23. My arrow is a bit low. The leak seems to be at the top of the swivel nut.
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