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After we worked the everything up I spread some 10-10-10 over everything with my 49 Cub.

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The boys then went over the gardens one more time with the cultivated to work the fertilizer in then Owen went over them with the drag

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Finally we were ready to plant. A two row trip planter is on my wish list but for now we have modified this earnest push planter to be pulled by Isaac's Cub. Some still needs to walk behind it and put a little down pressure on it to make sure the drive wheel is turning, but it is a lot Eastham just pushing it through the dirt. I let the boys do it for the most part but am a little concerned that the were watching to see that the seeds were dropping constantly. We will have to wait and see if there are any large skips.IMG_0482.jpg.565c499fe0c0e607b40b9b044c5f440b.jpgIMG_0487.jpg.445e7730c7ca960ec54785b202d3d165.jpg

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I plant rice in 7.5 inch rows. It's the standard width. Some farmers use 10 inches but it can hurt yield. Of course sometimes we fly it into the water (water seeding).

I have a bunch of closing wheels that came off. I'm tired of changing their bearings constantly. They don't seem to be that important with rice. It's still covered with dirt. 

I'm thinking of updating them with something that last longer.

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1 hour ago, acem said:

I plant rice in 7.5 inch rows. It's the standard width. Some farmers use 10 inches but it can hurt yield. Of course sometimes we fly it into the water (water seeding).

I have a bunch of closing wheels that came off. I'm tired of changing their bearings constantly. They don't seem to be that important with rice. It's still covered with dirt. 

I'm thinking of updating them with something that last longer.

We had a 750 a long time ago and also had a 1590. We haven’t had either for quite a few years. I remember the 1590 having a much easier way to replace the bearings, but don’t recall the specifics. Those drills work good, but I remember them being very maintenance intensive. I think the first time we ever no tilled soybeans with a 750 was in 1992 or 1993. There was an older man we rented some land from at the time who was absolutely furious about what we were doing because he knew it wouldn’t work. 

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2 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

We had a 750 a long time ago and also had a 1590. We haven’t had either for quite a few years. I remember the 1590 having a much easier way to replace the bearings, but don’t recall the specifics. Those drills work good, but I remember them being very maintenance intensive. I think the first time we ever no tilled soybeans with a 750 was in 1992 or 1993. There was an older man we rented some land from at the time who was absolutely furious about what we were doing because he knew it wouldn’t work. 

My Dad started doing some no-till in the late 80's with an 800 planter.  One older neighbor had a fit, I remember him saying "Are you even getting the seed in the dirt?"

 

On 5/8/2023 at 11:03 AM, Blee25 said:

After we worked the everything up I spread some 10-10-10 over everything with my 49 Cub.

IMG_0469.jpg.dd59ab43c86f48f49a291b324eed62ce.jpg

 

The boys then went over the gardens one more time with the cultivated to work the fertilizer in then Owen went over them with the drag

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Finally we were ready to plant. A two row trip planter is on my wish list but for now we have modified this earnest push planter to be pulled by Isaac's Cub. Some still needs to walk behind it and put a little down pressure on it to make sure the drive wheel is turning, but it is a lot Eastham just pushing it through the dirt. I let the boys do it for the most part but am a little concerned that the were watching to see that the seeds were dropping constantly. We will have to wait and see if there are any large skips.IMG_0482.jpg.565c499fe0c0e607b40b9b044c5f440b.jpgIMG_0487.jpg.445e7730c7ca960ec54785b202d3d165.jpg

I have a couple of those planters that I use in a much smaller garden.  They work well, but definitely do not like any trash on top of the ground.

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3 hours ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

We had a 750 a long time ago and also had a 1590. We haven’t had either for quite a few years. I remember the 1590 having a much easier way to replace the bearings, but don’t recall the specifics. Those drills work good, but I remember them being very maintenance intensive. I think the first time we ever no tilled soybeans with a 750 was in 1992 or 1993. There was an older man we rented some land from at the time who was absolutely furious about what we were doing because he knew it wouldn’t work. 

  So what did he say when the crop turned out good.

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1 hour ago, 766 Man said:

  So what did he say when the crop turned out good.

He said we got lucky. He was adamant until the day he died that no till would eventually fail and that we would have to go back to working the ground. He didn’t live long enough to see he was wrong. We still farm that ground and it hasn’t been worked in 30 years. 

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More pictures of us planting beans after a inch of rain

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Bought this W-4 last month, been working on it a little at a time to get it back in the field. 

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I ran it a bit pulling a 4 section drag but it was overheating and smoked a bit. Found an H radiator to replace the plugged one in it. So in the shop it went. 

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I had a head that my Dad had ground the valves and seats ready to go so I hoped that would solve the smoking problem. “Off with its head!”

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Found what looked to be an improperly torqued head gasket. Oil and water was on top of the gasket. But the good news was it looks like someone had very recently rebuilt the motor with step-head pistons. No lip at all around the top of the sleeves. 

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So the motor is back together now and the radiator back in. Since I had it tore down this far, I took off the gas tank also. It won’t stay in 5th gear and I wanted to know if the shifter was worn. It is wore a little but not bad. I took a bar and kicked it in 5th gear. It doesn’t seem to be engaging fully and I can crank the engine over by hand and it comes out of gear. Well not totally, just enough to skip the gear. So it’s inside.

Not a job I want to tackle right now so I’ll put it back together and use it without 5th. Might get used on a hay rake. I have an H rearend that I know has good engagement into 5th gear so that might be a parts donor if needed. Any suggestions or thought are welcome. 

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1 hour ago, acem said:

Plaaanting in the rain just plaaanting in the rain.

Oh yeah. I found a rolling basket I lost 25 years ago!

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36 inch rows ace?

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I planted about 15 acres of soybeans today. All the dirt I could find that was dry enough, and some of that was marginal!

The 10 and cyclo did most of it. However, I did plant about 2&1/2 acres with the WD and drill. My intention was to do a little more than that but after putting the end rows on with the ten and being at the wrong end of the field when I got all the no-til ground done.... I went ahead and planted back, that ate up some area.

Anyway.

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7 hours ago, acem said:

Yes

Me too.  Not many still on 36's here in Nebraska.  It's going to have to dry up a bit before I can plant

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Wide rows are important for good beds. I need beds on most of my ground for drainage when I grow soybeans, corn, Milo, etc.

30 inch rows don't make much of a bed but some do it. 38 and 40 inch rows are the norm in cotton country along the delta. They give great drainage. Twin row soybeans are common on these beds.

The best soybeans and corn in Arkansas are grown on these wide beds, on the best cotton ground.

12 row wide stack fold planters and related equipment are the norm. 

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Made a drawbar from a WD-9 fit under a W-4. 

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It is virtually straight on the -9 but I have a friend who has a 70 ton press so we bent it to fit. Had to grind down the end so it would fit in the holder. 

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This was before we put the final bend in it so I could tighten the strap to it. I also cut some wedges that I bolted down on each side of it so it wouldn’t slide back and forth. 

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I also pulled the head off the Super MTA. Had a valve that would continuously close the gap on the lifter after pulling hard.

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The seat was going away in #4 exhaust. Looks like #3 is also headed in that direction. So this head needs to be rebuilt. But I have another head to put on until then. Tomorrow’s project. 

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Worked a food plot with the 686 and the 45 vibrashank. Worked over the garden next. Been busy this year and getting a late start on the garden. 

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Got some work finished up on the front end then got the haybine out and moved to the first farm. Probably mow within a week or so.  

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4 hours ago, billonthefarm said:

Worked some ground with the 1466 and planted with the 766.

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What a blast from the past! I remember those harrows on the front of planters but haven’t seen one in that good of shape in a long time. I might be dreaming but did M&W make the harrow on the cyclo planter in the pic?

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