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Took a pic of our outfit seeding spring wheat. We paid 25,000 for tractor few years ago 16,000 for seeder and 3300 for nh3 tanks. All the neighbors seed with new stuff but we aren’t that rich. And just some pics of the hills the poor gal has to climb the last picture is our flat field .direct seed wheat into soybean stubble

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35 minutes ago, dale560 said:

Took a pic of our outfit seeding spring wheat. We paid 25,000 for tractor few years ago 16,000 for seeder and 3300 for nh3 tanks. All the neighbors seed with new stuff but we aren’t that rich. And just some pics of the hills the poor gal has to climb the last picture is our flat field .direct seed wheat into soybean stubble

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Dale I ain't making fun at all. But you are right. For that area that is old junker equipment. Ain't nothing to see a tractor plus implements there that far exceed half a million dollars. Like in that vid you posted. See so much of it when I'm over in east ND and West MN that you don't even think about it anymore.

Rick

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10 minutes ago, oldtanker said:

Dale I ain't making fun at all. But you are right. For that area that is old junker equipment. Ain't nothing to see a tractor plus implements there that far exceed half a million dollars. Like in that vid you posted. See so much of it when I'm over in east ND and West MN that you don't even think about it anymore.

Rick

We actually bought the tractor out of crookston mn. RDO son in-law has the chain off JD dealers this tractor had a couple issues when we bought good ones were around 40,000 we bought it on clearance with repair prices figured in. I drove it west for 175 miles or so took 11 hours. Yes not many people run old stuff here but she still gets it done. The concord drill is a 86 model so some of the first few years they were being made.

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3 minutes ago, Bdse25 said:

Hills?   I didn’t see any hills😛

It is deceiving i actual spun out trying to crawl these hills with unit up just blowing seed. Had to back down out of hole and spin it sideways to get off hill. This 300 acre field I had to backdown 7 times. The phone doesn’t show hills well. 

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17 minutes ago, dale560 said:

It is deceiving i actual spun out trying to crawl these hills with unit up just blowing seed. Had to back down out of hole and spin it sideways to get off hill. This 300 acre field I had to backdown 7 times. The phone doesn’t show hills well. 

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There’s no trees or anything there for reference so it’s tough to tell.  I agree that phones usually capture how steep something is in person

 

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IMG_20190511_200242731_HDR.thumb.jpg.0bad56cb691b3ad822225dee7c0060b7.jpgNice setup is anything you can use to accomplish your goals and survive/make a profit rather than go bankrupt. This is what we use for oats cover crop seeding grass clover mix. I agree that picture usually looses the perspective of the 3D features of the land. Just beyond the tractor is a ravine a couple hundred yards wide couple hundred feet deep

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37 minutes ago, Bdse25 said:

Hills?   I didn’t see any hills😛

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1 hour ago, dale560 said:

No the hilly field needs about 5000 rocks picked. The flat 80 only has a few rocks now we grabbed a couple big ones

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In my very small experience of ND they are quite small

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I look fondly back on my time in ND.

Beautiful state 😊

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Those highlight jacks should come with a lifetime supply of penetrating oil. Lol. I too carry one but squirt it down good before I Even try it. Usually I get pi$$ed off at it every time I use it but am glad I had it. Several times I’ve just drove out from under it not caring if it broke in half because it wouldn’t go down. Dale that drill or seeder whatever looks like quite the contraption. I often wonder if you have someone stationed onboard sticking hoses back on and patching holes 😎. Not making fun of the equipment as I use older stuff yet but with all the hoses it looks interesting. I think you should be proud to have something paid for still in use instead of being on debt up to your ears. I know I do. 

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Good looking machines.  I was fortunate enough back in '88 to get to go to the Farm Progress Show with my Uncle, and it was cool seeing some of those blue Versatiles.  Some of the demos were still in Versy colors with the Ford badge on the grill, and some were already blue.  Always thought they were interesting, never seen a Versatile in the field around here.

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1 hour ago, 5088 said:

Good looking machines.  I was fortunate enough back in '88 to get to go to the Farm Progress Show with my Uncle, and it was cool seeing some of those blue Versatiles.  Some of the demos were still in Versy colors with the Ford badge on the grill, and some were already blue.  Always thought they were interesting, never seen a Versatile in the field around here.

In dec 1988 we went to Brandon Manitoba to get a 3010 JD. There were no blue tractors here but in Brandon the one dealer. Must of had 20 blue 4wds lined up along the hiway. Plus 3 or more versatile combines. The blue and orange tractors were the boss here 20 years ago. Now red or green

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2 hours ago, Missouri Mule said:

Those highlight jacks should come with a lifetime supply of penetrating oil. Lol. I too carry one but squirt it down good before I Even try it. Usually I get pi$$ed off at it every time I use it but am glad I had it. Several times I’ve just drove out from under it not caring if it broke in half because it wouldn’t go down. Dale that drill or seeder whatever looks like quite the contraption. I often wonder if you have someone stationed onboard sticking hoses back on and patching holes 😎. Not making fun of the equipment as I use older stuff yet but with all the hoses it looks interesting. I think you should be proud to have something paid for still in use instead of being on debt up to your ears. I know I do. 

Yes and those two hilift or handyman as we call them are worn and a bugger. I will post pics one day why they were on pickup Hoses aren’t to bad on machine. The seed tubes once a day we crawl through and make sure they are seeding and in place. The nh3 hoses if they get old like 3 years will break but then you buy a new roll and replace them all. It is really trouble free outfit just the packer wheels are small car tires and back packer wheel bearings  can be a problem  we are able to put all seed and fertilizer down at once. About 45 acres on a fill of wheat and  one nh3 tank double will do 80 to 90 acres. Seed about 1800 a year with it now but for 3 years we did 2400 and 2700 one year. 15 acres an hour with fills and moving from fields we avg

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The tall tower is primary seed splitter feed by 6 inch hose from cart. It branches out to 5 secondary towers of 8 with 1 inch hoses to opener . This is the aftermarket Dutch opener we use and how it places fertilizer and seed

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Theres a few Quad Tracs ( and the JD equivalents) pulling 80 foot air drills around here. They do more acres in a day than my entire spring total. All my stuff is from the 1990s. Paid for long ago and plenty adequate for my acres so I don't envy the big machinery and payments at all.  28 feet at 4.5 mph and I can still do a lot of acres in a day. Could go 5 mph or more but whats the rush? Enjoy the work. 

 

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31 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Theres a few Quad Tracs ( and the JD equivalents) pulling 80 foot air drills around here. They do more acres in a day than my entire spring total. All my stuff is from the 1990s. Paid for long ago and plenty adequate for my acres so I don't envy the big machinery and payments at all.  28 feet at 4.5 mph and I can still do a lot of acres in a day. Could go 5 mph or more but whats the rush? Enjoy the work. 

 

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Some of the guys over in the valley (MN/ND Red River valley) are doing 4-50 acres or more an hour with each tractor. And yea, some are planting 30,000 acres or more. There a guy with 1500 acres is tiny. Be kinda like trying to run a 20 cow dairy herd.

Rick

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2 hours ago, superih said:

Wow, wide open country, thanks for the pics

Wanna see something odd? Get close to Fargo or Grand Forks. Land is not only as big as posted in the photos, it's flat. From south of the SD/ND border clear up in to Canada. And from 30-40 miles each way from the river. Old farmers here use to call it table land because "it's a flat as a table", or at least that's what they said.

Rick 

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4 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Theres a few Quad Tracs ( and the JD equivalents) pulling 80 foot air drills around here. They do more acres in a day than my entire spring total. All my stuff is from the 1990s. Paid for long ago and plenty adequate for my acres so I don't envy the big machinery and payments at all.  28 feet at 4.5 mph and I can still do a lot of acres in a day. Could go 5 mph or more but whats the rush? Enjoy the work. 

 

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The problem with mine is 4.5 to 4.6 is all the faster I can pull it. It takes a lot of power when the opener starts to freeze a little dirt on making them bigger. 1st range and 4speed is all she will do tractor is set at 400 hp but doesn’t have the traction to use it all.?

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