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11 hours ago, mike newman said:

...twice  that here...sigh

I should apologize for that   annual reminder of the inadvertent use of the wrong feul,  Ryan, but I won't because your explanation  of the incident was so amusing.........:D

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of course I have never done dumb things....:unsure:....what !!!:rolleyes:

Mike....

Oh I deserve it Mike. I should’ve known better that night. Trust me you’re not the only one who reminds me on occasion lol.  It’s all good though we can all laugh about it now. We’re talking about doing the same trip this winter again if the snow ever comes that is. Pretty bleak looking outside right now. Still hauling firewood home though so making the best of it. 

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12 minutes ago, cm228 said:

Yes many years, 6-7yrs to get to the 6’ saleable height. 
 

We used to go out on the farm and cut a small hemlock each year for our tree. Then we started helping on the tree farm, now we get one there.

Bit of a art to get them all shaped up nice and even too.  Not sure where the local shops get their trees from around here. I know there used to be a tree farm along the one highway but he gave up and the trees have gotten to big now. Didn’t help that highways came through and expropriated some land to twin the highway. Not sure they ever did come to a fair compensation for the trees he lost.  Not sure if they were able to move some or not. 

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The inside of the pole barn. Currently set up for tree sales. Rest of the year it’s equipment storage. The farm has a 6-7 acres choose and cut lot but we keep a selection of trees inside for those who maybe can’t or don’t want to walk the fields  

The CaseIH Mx90c is used to pull the tree planter, and the Jacto air blast sprayer for the trees, new tree field prep moldboard plowing, disking harrowing etc… and other odd jobs we find for it. 
 

The kioti ck3510se is for mowing or air blast spraying between the tree rows. It can only currently get down rows of newer planted trees as we planted those wider on rows (6.5’) every thing prior was 5’-6’. We had to bump up the row spacing as this tractor is set as narrow as it can get and it’s still 6-8” wider than the previous kubotas (non cab tractors) My brother and I need to come up with some kind of side shields to protect the tree branches from the tractor tires. I had built shields for the previous to kubota tractors the farm had. Most times these are fully custom built items as no one builds tractors like the IH orchard tractors anymore. 

The old massy 1215 is for mowing trees and spraying herbicide to keep the weed pressure away from the trees. We got this tractor from another grower so it already had shields. I built the frame work for the spray nozzles. It’s adjustable horizontal and vertical to be able to adjust for different sizes of trees and spacing.  
 

My brothers Massey 1526 we use it mostly during this time of year as when in tree harvest there is a lot of moving, getting on and off the tractor and such. The Massey is much handier for this type of work than the kioti is, unless the weather is bad then I use the kioti 

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22 minutes ago, cm228 said:

The inside of the pole barn. Currently set up for tree sales. Rest of the year it’s equipment storage. The farm has a 6-7 acres choose and cut lot but we keep a selection of trees inside for those who maybe can’t or don’t want to walk the fields  

The CaseIH Mx90c is used to pull the tree planter, and the Jacto air blast sprayer for the trees, new tree field prep moldboard plowing, disking harrowing etc… and other odd jobs we find for it. 
 

The kioti ck3510se is for mowing or air blast spraying between the tree rows. It can only currently get down rows of newer planted trees as we planted those wider on rows (6.5’) every thing prior was 5’-6’. We had to bump up the row spacing as this tractor is set as narrow as it can get and it’s still 6-8” wider than the previous kubotas (non cab tractors) My brother and I need to come up with some kind of side shields to protect the tree branches from the tractor tires. I had built shields for the previous to kubota tractors the farm had. Most times these are fully custom built items as no one builds tractors like the IH orchard tractors anymore. 

The old massy 1215 is for mowing trees and spraying herbicide to keep the weed pressure away from the trees. We got this tractor from another grower so it already had shields. I built the frame work for the spray nozzles. It’s adjustable horizontal and vertical to be able to adjust for different sizes of trees and spacing.  
 

My brothers Massey 1526 we use it mostly during this time of year as when in tree harvest there is a lot of moving, getting on and off the tractor and such. The Massey is much handier for this type of work than the kioti is, unless the weather is bad then I use the kioti 

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So do you buy seedlings to plant for future crops or grow your own? Up here we’d be 10-15 years to grow a white spruce to that size from a seedling. Haven’t had the best of luck growing our own. Currently have a pot in the house with 15-20 small volunteer  trees coming from seeds that drifted into the flower pot on the deck. They’re 2-3 inches tall now. The death rate seems very high with them though. Awfully sensitive it seems. 

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8 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

So do you buy seedlings to plant for future crops or grow your own? Up here we’d be 10-15 years to grow a white spruce to that size from a seedling. Haven’t had the best of luck growing our own. Currently have a pot in the house with 15-20 small volunteer  trees coming from seeds that drifted into the flower pot on the deck. They’re 2-3 inches tall now. The death rate seems very high with them though. Awfully sensitive it seems. 

They buy in transplants. 2+2’s usually. That’s 2yrs in the seedling bed then 2 more years in a transplant bed. The transplant bed is similar to seedling bed but the trees are spread out a little more. 
Depending on the year death rate varies. Dry year the transplants struggle because of lack of established roots. Excessive wet can cause disease that can kill even established trees. This year we had both conditions. Very dry in spring and beginning of summer. Then it rained and rained. Those that survived the dry with irrigation help died because of too much moisture. Very fickle sometimes. 
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10 hours ago, poor farmer/logger said:

So do you buy seedlings to plant for future crops or grow your own? Up here we’d be 10-15 years to grow a white spruce to that size from a seedling. Haven’t had the best of luck growing our own. Currently have a pot in the house with 15-20 small volunteer  trees coming from seeds that drifted into the flower pot on the deck. They’re 2-3 inches tall now. The death rate seems very high with them though. Awfully sensitive it seems. 

I have been surprised at the amount of volunteer spruce and pine that have showed up here in recent years. They never used to do that. I have transplanted a few of them to places where I want them to grow and they seem to be doing fine. A lot of my older blue or colorado spruce that were planted 40+ years ago are dying out from the bottom up. I keep trimming off dead branches higher and higher but eventually there is not a needle left and the whole tree is dead. Here is a picture showing one that I transplanted a few years back beside the "century shack" in my yard. Seems to be doing well.  

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32 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

I have been surprised at the amount of volunteer spruce and pine that have showed up here in recent years. They never used to do that. I have transplanted a few of them to places where I want them to grow and they seem to be doing fine. A lot of my older blue or colorado spruce that were planted 40+ years ago are dying out from the bottom up. I keep trimming off dead branches higher and higher but eventually there is not a needle left and the whole tree is dead. Here is a picture showing one that I transplanted a few years back beside the "century shack" in my yard. Seems to be doing well.  

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We’ve lost some of older well established trees the last few years too. We did something similar too in our yard. Along the grid road we had thousands of little spruce pop up. We managed to keep the rm mowers out of them for a few years and then the road construction was going to start so we took the v ditched and made 3 trenches west from the shop where they cleared out the 100 year old maples that we’re getting well past their age. Took the skid steer bucket and dug out a bucket full of trees at a time then separated them with a spade and filled the v ditch partially back in. They really took off. They were around a foot tall when we moved them and now they’re pushing 15-20 feet.  That was almost 20 years ago now already though. Seems like just yesterday.  I like to think the v ditch helped to shelter them a little bit and hold some extra water when it rained or the snow melted. Not sure if it made a huge difference or not but figured it couldn’t hurt.  Overtime it’s all leveled out again and you can’t even tell anymore.  Need to pull some caraganas out before they take over though. 

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trees can be a real fickle here aswell ive never had much luck getting them going, i got one in i think it was grade 9 through school it was a sask power program and i planted it i've been out of school along time and the tree isnt quite waist high yet, if they start wild and randomly its amazing how they take off but them are ash and another breed of tree i dont know, they always start in the wrong spot,

 

grandma had one tree behind the house, story was grandpa dug it out of a ditch and this thing was massive in 30 yrs they just cut it down as it was getting to big to close to the house 

 

would like to try and get some new ones going again i'll have to do some research theres probably some better varietys for dryer climates now 

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Anyone else watching the northern lights tonight? Apparently they were out real bright this morning. Was cloudy last night so we couldn’t see them then at all. Coming down from the shop tonight they were out so I grabbed a few pics on my way down. 

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Great photos of the Northern lights. Its funny they are so colourful in photos yet in real life , for me at least, they have no colour at all. Just lights in the sky. 

 

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4 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Great photos of the Northern lights. Its funny they are so colourful in photos yet in real life , for me at least, they have no colour at all. Just lights in the sky. 

 

That's what I thought the one time I saw them. Should have taken pictures! Must have had enough adult beverages I wasn't thinking about photography?

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7 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Great photos of the Northern lights. Its funny they are so colourful in photos yet in real life , for me at least, they have no colour at all. Just lights in the sky. 

 

They have to be pretty bright to show up like this in person. I have seen it though. Maybe not the red so much but definitely the bright neon green.  The long time exposure on the camera definitely makes them appear brighter. Still makes for some nice photos though.  It’s just that for the people who don’t understand it, it makes them think they missed out on the greatest thing on earth.  It was neat to see the red colors again though. Haven’t seen them in ages. 

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On 12/1/2023 at 8:56 PM, poor farmer/logger said:

Anyone else watching the northern lights tonight? Apparently they were out real bright this morning. Was cloudy last night so we couldn’t see them then at all. Coming down from the shop tonight they were out so I grabbed a few pics on my way down. 

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I saw them 2 nights ago but were t quite a bright as what you had. Didn't last long at all either. Last night they were out for a bit too but after midnight. Grabbed a couple pics when I was heading home from burning piles. I'm not sure how but they definitely show up brighter in pictures vs in person although this fall they have been pretty bright here

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No pics but I had lunch with my dad yesterday and I asked him how his corn did, still "farms" 240ac, he said it was the best corn he's ever raised. The 80 (40 flat black dirt 40 marginal) he owns made 265 bu/ac dry and the rest is all marginal dirt made 222 dry. How it happened this year is beyond me! Also said that one of the neighbors had a field of beans average 90. It has to be the varieties because it was dry here all summer. 

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usually catch the northern lights here every now and again,      still no snow and winter is getting boring its non stop work hahaha usually when theres 6 ft of snow and -25 weather i can go into hibernation mode and relax but hopefully soon

 

see canola price took quite a dump on Friday, which is not good hopefully see a little recovery in that market but i don't know what to expect 

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9 hours ago, wheatking said:

usually catch the northern lights here every now and again,      still no snow and winter is getting boring its non stop work hahaha usually when theres 6 ft of snow and -25 weather i can go into hibernation mode and relax but hopefully soon

 

see canola price took quite a dump on Friday, which is not good hopefully see a little recovery in that market but i don't know what to expect 

Yea I don’t know what to make of these markets anymore. Down a buck a buck a bushel from what I sold 2 weeks ago. Seems like there’s no rhyme or reason to it anymore just randomly moves. One day it’s up 50-60 cents then the next it’s down 80.  My concern is that come jan 1 it’ll drop a bunch more and won’t recover. That’s what happened last year with wheat. Still sitting on some because if it. 

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No northern lights here but thanks for the pics.

Here's some cotton that has not been picked. Should have been picked back in October. It's a growed up mess. I've met the farmer but don't really know him.

When them cotton balls get rotten you can't pick very much cotton.

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27 minutes ago, wheatking said:

@poor farmer/logger  did you buy a combine at ritchies today? looked like some not bad deals to be had there even if you gotta put a couple buck into them

 

wound up with a head cold so not up to much here these days 

No I didn’t even really look to tell you the truth.  Skimmed through the listing yesterday and looked like some cheaper stuff but I didn’t got back through today at all.  With grain prices falling daily we’ll just hang tight for now I think. Our old junk will go another year if it has to lol. (Least I hope it will lol) 

Hopefulky that cold passes quickly. Been good here so far. Last cold I had was when Covid went though a little over a year and a half ago. Thankfully never slowed us down much at all. 

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15 minutes ago, poor farmer/logger said:

No I didn’t even really look to tell you the truth.  Skimmed through the listing yesterday and looked like some cheaper stuff but I didn’t got back through today at all.  With grain prices falling daily we’ll just hang tight for now I think. Our old junk will go another year if it has to lol. (Least I hope it will lol) 

Hopefulky that cold passes quickly. Been good here so far. Last cold I had was when Covid went though a little over a year and a half ago. Thankfully never slowed us down much at all. 

ya that also true grain prices are disgusting to watch right now, not to sure as to why there going the way there going, wheat kinda came back up abit today but canola is falling deep, donno if thats a sign for the future? id hate to be paying big dollar prices 

 

peas are about the only thing going up i'm hoping for $12

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Yea I’m not really sure what’s pushing prices down. Just no one buying I guess.  Hopefully the New Years brings some promising prices again. Time will only tell I guess. 
 

Calling for a chance of snow tomorrow now so maybe things will finally look a little bit white.  Got the last of my snowmobile trails cleared a couple days ago so that’s ready for snow anyways. Still have my old sled torn apart. Waiting on parts yet.  Pulled the starter out of it tonight. Brushes are worn and one of the magnets let loose. Time for a new one I guess.  Spent a lot of money on the older sled this fall so hopefully it’s good for a while now again.  Was in picking up some stuff from a friend of ours the other day and spied a socket set I’d been looking for. Gave me a good deal so I grabbed it to go along with my new impact. Never used any of their sockets before so hoping they stand up. 
 

 

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Surprised the river isn't open more, some rain and snow overnight but nothing deep enough for sledding, still quad, went into the city yesterday and the river is wide open, could be boating still

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1 hour ago, hardtail said:

Surprised the river isn't open more, some rain and snow overnight but nothing deep enough for sledding, still quad, went into the city yesterday and the river is wide open, could be boating still

It really varies on the river here with ice on the river. Closer to the forks it’s still about half open. Maybe more after this warm weather. It’s been raining since about 4:00 this morning. Looks more like June out the front window then dec. 

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