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Springtime April 20, 2010

Filed under: Farming — diskam @ 5:43 pm

It’s springtime here on the farm.  It’s time to for Dad to work the ground:

I do NOT miss the days when it was my job to wash the tractors.  Although they were never as bad as the combine.  That was a dirty scrungy mess to clean, and there is no way to do it without getting pretty scrungy yourself.

When they’re ready to move to the next field, the sides of the implements fold up to make it easier to travel down the road.  Well, and it keeps them from taking out every sign on both sides of the road between this field and the next.

After the ground has been worked, they’re ready to plant.

Here my brother is planting end rows, the rows around the edges of the field.  The tractor is run manually while doing the end rows, so the marker is down on this side of the planter to make a rut so he can see where to plant the next pass.

The markers are up on both sides here because the tractor is steering by GPS.  The computer calculates where the tractor needs to be in this pass in relation to where it was in the last one and moves accordingly.  The driver only needs to turn at the end of the field and then the steering takes over.  The system also has a handy alarm as the tractor approaches the end of the field just in case the driver isn’t paying attention.

The planter folds too, otherwise it would be much too wide to go down the road.  Corn seed comes in sacks (think a giant bag of dog food), and is loaded by hand into the yellow bins.  It didn’t occur to me at all to get pictures of that.  I’ll try to get some shots before they finish.


One Response to “Springtime”

  1. Darin Says:

    One question — how often does the human have to correct the GPS? I know I can only follow the GPS in my car about 80% of the time or it will at best get me lost, or at its worst, get me killed. “Please turn right into that brick wall.”

    Also, what are the 0-60 mph and 1/4 mile times for this thing, curb weight, and mpg? What is the boost psi for the turbo? How big is the mowing deck, and do they sell it at Home Depot?

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