Thursday, July 24, 2008

The combine...

My uncle gave me his old 1968 IH 503 combine. It was a good price needless to say. It worked very well for me in it's first fall helping my friend Vince to harvest 200 acres of oats. Last year, I did 70 acres of my own wheat and barley and, as you can see, it worked well again.

First cut of hay 2008

We had a tremendous first cutting of hay this year. I should have raked it into bigger swaths, but it was just always too dry and I didn't want to shatter the leaves off of the alfalfa. So, I just went ahead and baled from the haybine swath.

New equipment...

Here are a couple new additions to my line of equipment. It is a 1981 3788 2+2 and an 18 foot versatile pull-type swather. This combination worked very well last year although the swaths were a little too much for my old IH 503 to handle with any amount of speed.

It's been a long time

I can't believe how long its been since I posted. Much has changed around the farm for us. We now have close to 200 acres of organic grains. This year we seeded both wheat and buckwheat. We have some new equipment too. Too much to write about here, but perhaps I'll get back into the habit of posting about our farm.