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We had a cold spring that got warm all of a sudden. Luckily I was ready and things got off to a great start. 

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I finished corn planting in one week which is probably the fastest I have every done it. Corn had great emergence and things where looking great!

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I’ve been running a CIH 8315 and a Heston 6550 mowers for a long time. I sold the 8315 a couple years ago and had been looking for a self propelled discbine for a few years. I finally found one that was in my price range ( cheapish ). We hauled it home the end of May. It was an interesting load. Hauled it from Perry ny on route 5 back to Fonda and up 29 and home up 87. It was wide, over 12’ and couldn’t get anyone to do it for a descent price so the old dodge hauled it fine. Other then a little snafu in Syracuse the trip went quite smoothly. 

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They loaded it with a crane and I don’t have one at my disposal at home but I do have a sawmill....

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I do have a video of me driving it off the planks just in case it went all wrong so my wife could see what happened...

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Corn was looking good as of the last week in June. 

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Cut some hay with the new mower.... they had to pry me out of it after a few days... It is very nice compared to the old hesston. 

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The problem is you can mow so much... then you have to get it all baled. It’s just me as far as the crew goes so that part hasn’t gotten any faster unfortunately. 

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I lied... I did have a helper for a little while, but he or she wasn’t very dependable. He only showed up a few times. Maybe a druggy, I don’t know. It was hard to communicate with....

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My son is out standing in his field

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I did a lot this past summer but not many pictures unfortunately. Just mowing or what had been mowed. Honestly I did bale most of it and it turned out ok for the most part. 

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We had some fun and there was a couple nice sunsets. We get immune to the sunsets, they happen every day...had one tonight I think..35C06F7A-089F-44C3-870E-03B8BB59F941.thumb.jpeg.9419bc4016cb9c90f3075fb3849eed40.jpeg

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8 minutes ago, NY1468 said:

We had some fun and there was a couple nice sunsets. We get immune to the sunsets, they happen every day...had one tonight I think..35C06F7A-089F-44C3-870E-03B8BB59F941.thumb.jpeg.9419bc4016cb9c90f3075fb3849eed40.jpeg

Lake George?

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Starting in July it didn’t rain again till the middle of August. Corn on the sand looked as good as I’ve ever see it but it turned kinda a whiteish color and curled up pretty nice. Corn on my heavy ground just kept on chugging along. Don’t have pictures. Should have. On the positive note my agronomist had never seen drought stressed corn as bad as mine and he published an article in the Cornell extension news. I also got into the Cornell because my corn was the first field in the Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties that got western bean cut worm a couple years ago and he was doing moth populations in it. My son thought it was great because we were famous.....

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Brant lake, Jeff. My great(quite a few) grandfather actually founded Brant Lake. The homestead is still there on the north side of the lake. 

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Right at tassl it started to rain and hasn’t stopped yet. The corn did ok for the stress it was under. I sold it for silage to one of the big local dairies and it averaged 15 ton to the ace. I thought to would be worse so I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t think I took pictures. I should have, I rode around in the chopper for a few hours and dreamed about something that fancy some day. 

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Started chopping for my neighbor with my old New Holland 2100 around the middle of September. We had a few dryish days and I started with their wettest field and got stuck on the first load when the truck couldn’t get to me and he said the ditch wasn’t to deep or wet and I should cross it. I didn’t make it... 

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On the plus side that 11 acres actually averaged over 35 tons per acre. It was insane corn. The rest of his corn was average at about 20 to 25 tons to the acre. It was all wet and I had to draw most of the loads out of the fields. Makes for long days. 

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I started picking my own corn the third week of September with is really early for around here. The dairy that I chop for ran out of high moisture corn and I picked them some every week to get them by until the middle of October when I finished the first round of high moisture corn. 

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We couldn’t fit all their corn in the trench at the dairy and they wanted me to pick it but my own corn filled their silo so we decided to top off one of their harvest stores in October. 

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I’m running out of steam tonight so I’ll continue at another time. 

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Nice pictures and story to go along. 👍

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I like the idea of a year in pictures. Wish I would have thought to take the time to chronicle the seasons. Then again this has been a year to forget weather wise!

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That was truly great to see how others operate through out the year ! I enjoyed this a lot.

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