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I see now why  guys swathed their wheat. Mine, left standing, is flat as can be most places and its a nightmare trying to cut it. If I get down low enough to get most of it I am cutting mole hills and filling the header with wet dirt. So many times stop, go out and dig the dirt out of the header. Few minutes later do it all over again. Wheat remains in the 17.5% range and refuses to go any lower. We moved to my brother's farm as there are a few aeration bins there so at least can blow some air through the grain if I'm able to harvest much. Unloading belt slipping at times on the 1660. Maybe the tough wheat or maybe the belt and pulley is worn out. Going to try and limp through the next couple of days with belt dressing until it rains/snows on the weekend. At this point I know at least one field will stay out over winter. Either way, I'll just be glad to park the combine and forget about it. 

 

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Custom guy came to start chopping corn for the heifers, tough going for the chopper and for the trucks, that is why their are tractors infront of them trucks lol. The Custom chopper said when they were drivin on the mile roads and left some mud there were people that showed them the middle finger (does city folks that come live out here in the country are spoil peace of @@## and disrespectful) 

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10 hours ago, Loadstar said:

I see now why  guys swathed their wheat. Mine, left standing, is flat as can be most places and its a nightmare trying to cut it. If I get down low enough to get most of it I am cutting mole hills and filling the header with wet dirt. So many times stop, go out and dig the dirt out of the header. Few minutes later do it all over again. Wheat remains in the 17.5% range and refuses to go any lower. We moved to my brother's farm as there are a few aeration bins there so at least can blow some air through the grain if I'm able to harvest much. Unloading belt slipping at times on the 1660. Maybe the tough wheat or maybe the belt and pulley is worn out. Going to try and limp through the next couple of days with belt dressing until it rains/snows on the weekend. At this point I know at least one field will stay out over winter. Either way, I'll just be glad to park the combine and forget about it. 

 

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ya this year is crazy .... weatherwise and ... those in Ottawa that make our lives even harder!

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11 hours ago, wheatking said:

with the 8120s carry good fire insurance all the ones that were in my area have burnt up due to the chopper bearing, i'm not exactly sure why it does but they were all chopper bearing related 

The earlier ones I know had some chopper bearing trouble even the 9120 as well.  There were a few updates and bearing changes and things seemed to have settled out from what I’ve heard. Never had any burn around here but I know there were guys. Omplaining about bearings going out too. One guy had a specialist come in and balance both of his choppers to try and help. Said they were out right from the factory. 

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11 hours ago, Loadstar said:

I see now why  guys swathed their wheat. Mine, left standing, is flat as can be most places and its a nightmare trying to cut it. If I get down low enough to get most of it I am cutting mole hills and filling the header with wet dirt. So many times stop, go out and dig the dirt out of the header. Few minutes later do it all over again. Wheat remains in the 17.5% range and refuses to go any lower. We moved to my brother's farm as there are a few aeration bins there so at least can blow some air through the grain if I'm able to harvest much. Unloading belt slipping at times on the 1660. Maybe the tough wheat or maybe the belt and pulley is worn out. Going to try and limp through the next couple of days with belt dressing until it rains/snows on the weekend. At this point I know at least one field will stay out over winter. Either way, I'll just be glad to park the combine and forget about it. 

 

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Doesn’t look like much fun that’s for sure. 

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13 hours ago, Loadstar said:

I see now why  guys swathed their wheat. Mine, left standing, is flat as can be most places and its a nightmare trying to cut it. If I get down low enough to get most of it I am cutting mole hills and filling the header with wet dirt. So many times stop, go out and dig the dirt out of the header. Few minutes later do it all over again. Wheat remains in the 17.5% range and refuses to go any lower. We moved to my brother's farm as there are a few aeration bins there so at least can blow some air through the grain if I'm able to harvest much. Unloading belt slipping at times on the 1660. Maybe the tough wheat or maybe the belt and pulley is worn out. Going to try and limp through the next couple of days with belt dressing until it rains/snows on the weekend. At this point I know at least one field will stay out over winter. Either way, I'll just be glad to park the combine and forget about it. 

 

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I'll be feeling your pain tomorrow. Except we got snow drifts to go around lol. That looks almost as flat as ours was last fall. I know exactly what you mean about getting out to clean mud off the header. Except with the Draper header it would shoot it straight to the feeder by time I could shut it off. Then I'd have to crawl on the header and reach in the feeder house to pull mud out. Was much better with lifters but still not great. Would be nice if the snow in the forecast will miss then we would have no problem cutting next week when the ground freezes. But we can't take that chance so time to giver. 

Was finally able to square bale a bit of straw tonight. Field is very wet and lots of little snow patches yet but got some done anyway 

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Finished off one farm this evening with a few acres of oats. It was flat in places as well but yielded pretty fair. Better than last year. Tough straw and the moisture of the oats themselves is yet to be determined. Down to the last 70 acres of wheat now but not sure what tomorrow will bring weather wise. Precipitation of some sort they are saying. Might give me a chance to swath that field of flat wheat. This little field(s) of oats was on some hard to get to ground due to wet and soft ground so we put the 970  Case on the 250 bushel grain cart to truck the oats back to the yard. 

This photo of unloading the last load this evening. 

 

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No combining around here yesterday. It rained fairly steady in the morning for a while and then last night around 11:00 it started to snow. Ground was all white when I got up this morning. Snow tomorrow they were saying. 

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11 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

No combining around here yesterday. It rained fairly steady in the morning for a while and then last night around 11:00 it started to snow. Ground was all white when I got up this morning. Snow tomorrow they were saying. 

 

Yesterday was actually the warmest day in weeks. South wind helped out and the oats I was cutting was down to 14.5% moisture . Now today was windy and cold with light flurries. No real accumulation but I didn't bother even starting the combine. 

Some video of the past week. 

 


 

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Sowed on and off all day here today. Still not a lot of accumulation but it was enough to make the yard greasy this afternoon. All froze up now again though and it’s snowing again. Wind was howling something terrible today too. Was not a nice day to be outside that’s for sure. I spent the day working in the shop and replying to emails and messages from a couple adds I have on Facebook for live edge boards. 

Got the other sled up on the hoist to do a few things to it as well. Broke a aluminum brace at the end of last winter on the belly pan. Have to order a new one and get it riveted in place. Stupid rivers from Yamaha are more then the aluminum brace lol. 

Had a nice fire going in the shop so it was toasty warm anyways. Put a ant eaten block in and the whole center burnt out before the outside of the block. 4A100096-4F8F-4C50-895D-98CDCE8774D8.thumb.jpeg.d5f30852f6eab7bed287f49d4a4d16e2.jpeg0DB03D16-8FAD-498E-B3D7-3806B768935C.thumb.jpeg.fc066847a03dc96bcff96d22fcaddfb0.jpeg

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You guys just keep that snow west of the border lol. We need a few more days yet here. Got started on the wheat yesterday. Went to move the combine down Thursday night but the alternator said half way was far enough lol. By time we got everything going it was after lunch yesterday. Ran without lifters yesterday, then put them on today. Should've put them on before we moved down. Had a good run today. Got about 30 acres left so tomorrow should be able to finish it then switch over to canola and see if the snow is out of the swaths yet. Wheat was 18 yesterday, over 19 today. Neighbour's standing oats was around 14. The snow sure went down yesterday and last night. Where there was yesterday afternoon, most was gone by today, except for the bigger patches 

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9 hours ago, db1486 said:

You guys just keep that snow west of the border lol. We need a few more days yet here. Got started on the wheat yesterday. Went to move the combine down Thursday night but the alternator said half way was far enough lol. By time we got everything going it was after lunch yesterday. Ran without lifters yesterday, then put them on today. Should've put them on before we moved down. Had a good run today. Got about 30 acres left so tomorrow should be able to finish it then switch over to canola and see if the snow is out of the swaths yet. Wheat was 18 yesterday, over 19 today. Neighbour's standing oats was around 14. The snow sure went down yesterday and last night. Where there was yesterday afternoon, most was gone by today, except for the bigger patches 

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How’s your seives doing? That sure doesn’t look like much fun. Least the canola you can do in the cold if the snow doesn’t get to bad and it’s in a nice even swath just waiting to be picked up. That wheat looks like a major pita. 

Snowed during the night again and light flurries this morning again.  Everything’s good and white this morning anyways. Should brighten things up a little at night anyways lol. 

 

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16 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

How’s your seives doing? That sure doesn’t look like much fun. Least the canola you can do in the cold if the snow doesn’t get to bad and it’s in a nice even swath just waiting to be picked up. That wheat looks like a major pita. 

Snowed during the night again and light flurries this morning again.  Everything’s good and white this morning anyways. Should brighten things up a little at night anyways lol. 

 

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Well the sieves were fine the last couple days. It was above 0 and the snow was kinda melting so I wasnt picking any up. Today was a different story. Wild oats was plugging the sieve a bit. I was trying not to pick any snow but it happens. But I think it was the frost that was more of the trouble. Never got above -4 and is -10 right now. It sure got nicer combining as the day went on. The field started to freeze pretty good and I could set the header on the ground and not worry about pushing mud. But, it's done now lol. Just got a few more bales of straw to roll up then on to the canola or flax. See how much snow is in the canola swaths yet lol. But yes it was a pita. 3 days for 70 acres! Of coarse there was a few break downs along the way lol. The furthest fields always take the longest 

Just keep that snow there. We had enough already lol. It was actually snowing all day but didn't amount to much. And I didnt really care already lol. As long as it went through the combine I was happy lol

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Anytime I wake up to the radio reporting on slippery , snowy roads, I know its not going to be a good harvest day. Actually I've been parked in the shed since Friday night but I could hear machines working in the light snow yesterday evening. I guess just burn a little more fuel in the dryer. Sounds like up to a couple of inches overnight. Not much but with daytime highs in the 20s at best, cloudy , I don't see much hope of it melting. My last sixty acres might be out there for a long time. Some guys have ten times that. Some have a lot more. 

 

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5 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Anytime I wake up to the radio reporting on slippery , snowy roads, I know its not going to be a good harvest day. Actually I've been parked in the shed since Friday night but I could hear machines working in the light snow yesterday evening. I guess just burn a little more fuel in the dryer. Sounds like up to a couple of inches overnight. Not much but with daytime highs in the 20s at best, cloudy , I don't see much hope of it melting. My last sixty acres might be out there for a long time. Some guys have ten times that. Some have a lot more. 

 

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Yea snow on the ground this late in the season doesn't usually disappear. Were gonna try canola today. I'm sure we will have to leave some but what do you do. Our wheat was 18 on Friday, 19.3 Saturday, and I have no idea yesterday. Over 20 I'm sure. Oh well turn the heat up on the dryer

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Since harvest is not over in this part of the world I'll post a pic of some canola swaths from today. 

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1 hour ago, Loadstar said:

Since harvest is not over in this part of the world I'll post a pic of some canola swaths from today. 

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-20 -30°C a guy could maybe go on that if he was real desperate but I’m thinking most guys will be waiting till spring now. I would anyways. Not worth damaging equipment to get it now I don’t think.

Snow is patchy around here a bit. Some places got 6-8 inches while others only got 1 inch. We’ve got around 2 inches but it’s blown around real bad. Yesterday was a nasty day to say the least. South wind tonight so it’s either going to warm up or snow. Maybe both lol. 

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haven't seen any combines goin on stuff that's left but you probably could be combining here not much snow, ground is freezing was -14 this morning would be ok to swath if you were to swath to combine in the spring

 

not to much goin on just fixing afew things and cleaninig and packing away for winter here 

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17 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Since harvest is not over in this part of the world I'll post a pic of some canola swaths from today. 

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That's a really nice picture.... if there wasn't crop in the field!

Not too much snow here yet but enough that everything is covered. Going to try raking some straw and bale what's left of it yet. Probably try combining the flax yet too if we get some clear days. So far we get one nice sunny day them cloudy and snowy days after that. I think the canola is out till spring now, but who knows

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On 10/24/2019 at 9:54 AM, Loadstar said:

I see now why  guys swathed their wheat. Mine, left standing, is flat as can be most places and its a nightmare trying to cut it. If I get down low enough to get most of it I am cutting mole hills and filling the header with wet dirt. So many times stop, go out and dig the dirt out of the header. Few minutes later do it all over again. Wheat remains in the 17.5% range and refuses to go any lower. We moved to my brother's farm as there are a few aeration bins there so at least can blow some air through the grain if I'm able to harvest much. Unloading belt slipping at times on the 1660. Maybe the tough wheat or maybe the belt and pulley is worn out. Going to try and limp through the next couple of days with belt dressing until it rains/snows on the weekend. At this point I know at least one field will stay out over winter. Either way, I'll just be glad to park the combine and forget about it. 

 

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Ralph,   You need to get a flex head like we use for soybeans.

Add field tracker & you will not have to dig the dirt out of the header when combining.

If I was 2000 miles closer I would come over & help you out.

Ray

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We run a 1020 locked for wheat. They do not work good at all for wheat in flex mode. The 930 flex locked on the JD with pickup reel is a good combo for lodged crop. A Draper head would be great also. The replies about  the 8120 having chopper bearing troubles. They were all giving fits here a couple years ago. Seems they have it fixed now. Our neighbors bought 2 9250 chi with redikop choppers from factory. 25,000 extra he told me.

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4 hours ago, 664 CDN said:

Ralph,   You need to get a flex head like we use for soybeans.

Add field tracker & you will not have to dig the dirt out of the header when combining.

If I was 2000 miles closer I would come over & help you out.

Ray

Its the mole and badger hills that are the problem. I can run over the ground pretty close but when one of those dirt piles comes into the knife it goes right into the header and eventually to the rock trap if I don't stop in time. 

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On 10/31/2019 at 7:31 PM, Loadstar said:

Its the mole and badger hills that are the problem. I can run over the ground pretty close but when one of those dirt piles comes into the knife it goes right into the header and eventually to the rock trap if I don't stop in time. 

X2 on that. Even with the swather those mole hills cause problems. Once I put the lifters on the Macdon Draper head I could run the ground very well, but mole hills would still plug the knife and pile on the canvas. At least the mud was staying out of the feederhouse.

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