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I started out the year with some corn that didn't dry down in the fall. My friend Steve gave me his Allis picker before he died, and I finally got it working enough to try. It was so sloooow that I finally borrowed a neighbor's New Idea picker to finish the field.

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The county Farm Bureau president's 574 wouldn't turn over. This is what he found when he pulled the head. Tractor was inside and only shut down for the winter.

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Another farmer needed a tractor, so I sold my White 2-105 to him. It was way underemployed after my cows left, anyway.

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A friend in Oxford had an IH refrigerator he wanted gone. Picture is in my toybox.

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1256 and 2350 loader came with the refrigerator. The loader wasn't on the 1256 when it took its bath. It will be a project sometime after I get the 460 HU done. Don't need the loader (or probably the 1256 either?), but it was a package deal. The front of the tractor was destroyed.

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I seeded down 25 acres this year. The 656 Hi Clear is one that Dad bought new. I found a picture that I took of him planting corn in 1975.

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Dan was plowing the other half of the field while I was seeding.

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This makes a nice seedbed if there are no rocks. I don't know the brand, but it showed up at the Farm Bureau auction one year. For that matter, so did the 784, a different year.

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My garden tractors. The York rake levels the dirt easier than a hand rake.

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I planted a few potatoes, too.

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I think I will stop there for now, before I lose everything again.

 

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btw, May 1 was the 40th anniversary of buying Moozoo. 

I had to buy a different round baler this year. The autostring screwed up on the first bale. I borrowed Dan's rig to bale the field. 2nd owner 666 and one owner 644.

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Tedder lipped off, so I turned it over to fix it. Linda wanted a raised bed for strawberries. You can see it in the background, by the granary.

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No pics, but turning too short with the 1086 and discbine will cause the PTO shaft to break off. Twice. I ended up finishing with the 3588 on the mower. Not recommended if there are a lot of odd turns.

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I had to change a broken belt on the 8312 discbine. Overhead chain falls made it a lot easier than I was fearing.

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The new seeding is looking good.

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I've never seen a white tractor with a different cab other than a white cab, interesting.

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Linda adopted my little 750 to use when she goes looking for arrowheads on the flat. She has a good eye for them.

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The view out my front window just after corn was planted.

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The corn came pretty well by the fourth of July. And no, Jeff, I wasn't standing on my knees...

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Front window view late September. We had a killing frost mid-Sept. 3-4 weeks early for here.

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High school classmate brought his band saw and we cut over 7000 feet of mostly hemlock.

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Typical day's work. He showed up at 530 or 6, and cut until the sun got too hot.

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Sweet corn came good too.

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I sold some corn for silage to a neighbor. The Fox opens fields and roads. The pull behind fills the bigger wagon and his 10 wheeler.

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I also sold some standing corn to another neighbor, who hired the local BTO to chop, haul, and pack the corn in his bunk. I thought I had pictures of the brand new 12 row chopper at work, but I can't find them.

The old maple tree in the pasture isn't much, but it sure was pretty.

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I found more apple trees around the farm. Other years, the dry cows and heifers cleaned up the apples as fast as they fell.

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We made a ton of applesauce, and some cider too.

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Really nice pictures,Bill! Wish I had old apple trees that where good, nothing as good as fresh applesauce for breakfast. Corn looks really nice! Both kinds!

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Thanks for sharing the pictures Bill. You sure live in a scenic area! That looks like some nice dirt!

 Those arrowheads must be pretty heavy! Judging  by the dip in the bucket! ??

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Neat pictures I enjoy seeing the different parts of the country and others ways of farming. What is the story on the poor old 1256, how did it end up like that, hopefully no one was hurt. 

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1 hour ago, NY1468 said:

Really nice pictures,Bill! Wish I had old apple trees that where good, nothing as good as fresh applesauce for breakfast. Corn looks really nice! Both kinds!

I think the family that owned the farm for 144 years before us must have planted apple trees on the edges/ steep areas of fields. The trees are all over the place. I plan to take the pole saw to them to see if I can get bigger/better apples this year.

 

37 minutes ago, from H to 80 said:

Neat pictures I enjoy seeing the different parts of the country and others ways of farming. What is the story on the poor old 1256, how did it end up like that, hopefully no one was hurt. 

The park lock apparently was never updated. PO had it parked outside his shop, went in to get something, and heard "click, Clicck, CLICK" and away it went, across the road and down a 5-600' pasture slope. The pond was at the bottom. It really hurt his feelings. It was in beautiful shape before.

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Great pictures Bill, thanks for sharing, look forward to more.

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6 minutes ago, searcyfarms said:

you sure have been busy, glad you allow the mrs the opportunity to run the equipment

the field she walks are 1/4 mile or more away. I had to make an extra step so she could get on easier. That little JD has everything crammed together.

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2 minutes ago, ny bill o said:

the field she walks are 1/4 mile or more away. I had to make an extra step so she could get on easier. That little JD has everything crammed together.

good job!!! - can never have too many tractors HA!!! ive never seen an upside down swimming IH, I sure hope no one got hurt in that accident. 

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22 minutes ago, ny bill o said:

the field she walks are 1/4 mile or more away. I had to make an extra step so she could get on easier. That little JD has everything crammed together.

No kidding!!!

 I have a 750 John Deere as well and my neighbors pick on me for being such a big guy on such a small tractor.

 I really like it on the grain augers because it has live hydraulics and the PTO is easily engaged and disengaged from the ground.

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Heck, that's a great review.

I really like the 784 with the 'Year a round' and the home sawn lumber and planking. Me and my son have cut up to many good trees for firewood, some could have been cut for lumber I am sure.

 

Looks like mice? have carried grain into the 574  engine, or is it just moisture bubbling on the alloy pistons? We brought an old combine engine one time, got it back would only turn 1/2 turn then lock up, pulled the head and full of grain in 2 cylinders! Though that was stored on the ground with no air cleaner still fitted.

 

great pics.

 

Alex.

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49 minutes ago, 1586 Jeff said:

No kidding!!!

 I have a 750 John Deere as well and my neighbors pick on me for being such a big guy on such a small tractor.

 I really like it on the grain augers because it has live hydraulics and the PTO is easily engaged and disengaged from the ground.

Another 750 here. Had it for 22 years, hope for 22 more.

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45 minutes ago, 1586 Jeff said:

No kidding!!!

 I have a 750 John Deere as well and my neighbors pick on me for being such a big guy on such a small tractor.

 I really like it on the grain augers because it has live hydraulics and the PTO is easily engaged and disengaged from the ground.

It had a backhoe on it when I got it. Took that off when I got the bigger backhoe. 750 crawls along great with the old JD potato digger, too.

 

39 minutes ago, Duntongw said:

Kind of hard to see, what exactly was going on in the 574 engine?

that is corn kernels and remains on top of the piston.

 

34 minutes ago, Alex uk said:

Heck, that's a great review.

I really like the 784 with the 'Year a round' and the home sawn lumber and planking. Me and my son have cut up to many good trees for firewood, some could have been cut for lumber I am sure.

 

Looks like mice? have carried grain into the 574  engine, or is it just moisture bubbling on the alloy pistons? We brought an old combine engine one time, got it back would only turn 1/2 turn then lock up, pulled the head and full of grain in 2 cylinders! Though that was stored on the ground with no air cleaner still fitted.

 

great pics.

 

Alex.

I sold some timber the year before, and told the logger if he came across a few nice hemlocks, maybe he could skid them out for me. He came to the door later and said he brought out 11 50' trees. I was about of lumber before. Now I have lots to sell.

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Great pics and tour Bill!  Thanks for sharing. No hemlock around here. Looks like a few BIG planks there. A buddy of mine used to have a band mill. Sure was nice when a guy needed some lumber for a project. 

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I hired a roofing company to reshingle the Wakeman barn. it is a 3 story, 3 row of cows building. The 3rd floor front of the barn (Top row of openings) has a walkway across between the 2 drive floors so you could pull a load of loose hay in one side, unharness the team of horses, and walk them across singly to go out the other side.

The front eaves are up about 32'. You couldn't get me up there on a bet. Those guys climbed around like monkeys. The boom truck made things a lot easier than carrying bundles one at a time up the ladder. The "new" part of the barn was built in 1910 or so. Last shingle and new plywood deck went on the roof in 1986. This time, I bought 50 year shingles, so should be good 'til 2070. I hope the next owner takes care of it then. Still needs paint, but at least the roof is good.

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After I got the corn chopped off the hilly fields, I planted some rye cover crop. My old IH drill's seed box was small, so I took some of the pine we sawed in the summer, and made hopper extensions. It worked well. The front of the extension was just the hopper covers, opened up.

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The rye came in pretty well.

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I sold the last dairy animal I had. She was a descendant of Maybelle, who was born in 1961. Fitting, I guess. I sold her for the same price I was paying for heifers when we started here in 1980.

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Mid Decemben, I got a call that a tractor I drove when I was 11 or 12 years old was ready to sell for the offer I had made on it. Its still a work in progress.

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We got dumped on with 28" of snow on Dec 16/17. By Dec 25 it was gone except for the pile where I had plowed.

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I spent time working on the shop wall.

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In early January 2020, Linda and I flew to Austin, Tx, for the American Farm Bureau annual meeting. In early March, 1586Jeff and I were in Albany for NY Farm Bureau's Lobby Days and eating ice cream. That was the last occasion before the covid outbreaks started. In fact, one of our adopted NYC legislators tested positive right after. Fortunately, we had met with one of her staff members.

By December, Jeff and I were Zoom delegates to the NYFB annual meeting.

And so it goes.

 

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Thanks for all the great pictures, Bill. Really enjoyed them and the beautiful scenery where you live. I feel kind of lazy though after seeing all that you accomplished last year. Keep up the good work. Hope we can get together again. 

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