This weather has once again stymied our attempts to complete the tree planting on the hill. The ground is frozen solid with the temperature dropping into the 20’s at night. We have become creative when it comes to finding tasks to do while we wait for a weather change. Continue reading
Mishaps can happen at any time. After a mishap the phrase ‘If only I had known…’ seems to pop up. It seems like even a hint of an issue ahead of time could change a calamity, perhaps this is true or perhaps we just don’t hear the clues we are given. Such is the case with our new front loader tractor.
After picking out the tractor at the dealership, we needed a few things configured for the type of farm use it would be used for. We did have a canopy installed so we wouldn’t have to hold an umbrella over our heads on 100 degree days in the hay field. We ordered the larger bucket for the amount of barn refuse we move around. And we ordered farm tires a different size and tread pattern to get us through swampy areas as well as hay fields and barns.
While the enhancements were being made to the tractor, we were busy with hay season and did not pay too much attention to the goings on at the dealership until the day they said the tractor was ready for delivery. We should have asked more questions. Continue reading
It has been a long process since the small tractor broke down during hay season, we looked at many options. It came down to looking forward to the needs of the farm and the amount of time and effort we wanted to put in to fix the broken equipment.
The tractor in need of repair worked well for us when we purchased it even though it was a little small for some of the things we wanted to do. We found that we were lacking when it came to horsepower when running equipment or cleaning the barns. Continue reading
We switch from mower, to fluffer, to rake, to baler sometimes several times throughout the day.
After this hay season is over, Old Reliable is going to get a spa day. A complete cleaning, lube and a check of all belts and fluids is on tap, this hard working rig will be in need of a little TLC for all the extra work.
The water pump went out in the little tractor. This is the tractor that we use a lot during hay season. It is powerful enough to run the baler, nimble enough to pull the rake, and comfortable to drive the fluffer.
Repairs during the middle of hay season are always a bother, first parts need to be ordered. Then once the parts come into the dealership a trip into town is needed, before the repair can even be started which takes valuable time away from the business of making hay.
In the meantime, we are limping along with one tractor. It much more work to switch equipment for each task, and it takes longer because only one job can be done at a time rather than having one tractor fluffing while another rakes.
On a working farm, as with life in general, jobs and tasks and plans have to be adjusted to the ‘but first’ scenario.
- The barn needs to be cleaned, but first the tractor needs to be fixed.
- A load of logs needs to be hauled from the landing, but first the haul road has to be smoothed before the loader can get in.
- I would like to go shopping for something other than leftovers for dinner, but first I have to get gas since I forgot the last time I was in town.
- The laundry needs to be washed, but first I have to empty the dryer from the load I did a couple of days ago.
I’m sure you get the idea. Continue reading
To the left is lawn, to the right is the garden space with cover crop and weeds (mostly weeds) growing after the unimaginably wet winter and the hard crust of compacted earth. By using the tractor to work the ground, the task to finish with my small rototiller takes many hours out of my hands.
There is still a danger of frost in our area for a while yet, so planting this space is still a ways off. But it makes me very happy to see the weeds turned over and the ground getting ready to be planted again.