Today at work


Bit of remedial work at my Pension funds,
replaced, unkept grass with gravel, at one, and replaced fence at another,

Papa smurf

Arable Farmer
Lorry was booked to move the harvesters this morning. There is too many low trees on the local roads to lorry them from the yard so yesterday afternoon escorted tron 1 out to the designated meeting place.
Then this morning it was my turn to cause caos.
While tron ones driver helped the lorry get them shifted I drove the toppers down.
And then drove the harvesters the last mile or so into the first block of ground.


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Exeter, Devon
Lorry was booked to move the harvesters this morning. There is too many low trees on the local roads to lorry them from the yard so yesterday afternoon escorted tron 1 out to the designated meeting place. View attachment 1038699Then this morning it was my turn to cause caos.View attachment 1038700 While tron ones driver helped the lorry get them shifted I drove the toppers down.View attachment 1038703 And then drove the harvesters the last mile or so into the first block of ground.View attachment 1038705
A handy place to pick up luncheon route?

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
So, some may be aware that I have 2 seperate lives. We have harvested high moisture ( 14% ) grain sorghum, so I have been blowing high volume air through the grain to keep it cool, prevent mould & also to dry it with “natural air” aeration. Trouble is, I don’t have 3 phase power, so have a 24kva genset running the fans, which doesn’t quite make 24 hours on a tank of fuel. So, I am going out ( 20 km each way ) twice a day to fuel it up, before & after my day job in town. So, this is out on the plain this morning before heading back into town


That is a great idea those weights. I had a pottinger 315 topdry which was far to heavy to comfortably work with. It wrecked the cross shaft on my JD 6610 :(.
Do you only have the back mower or a front to go with it? I mowed with a frontmower already and ended up taking a gamble and swopping the pottinger for a lely 900 mc and thus going triple. One of the best decisions I made silage wise.
I've just replaced the cross shaft on my 6810 so wanting to look after it. The twist that those mowers create is massive.

Only the back mower, the hills it has to work on will bring the tractor to its knees, I don't think it would cope with a front mower as well.

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
Is harvest late for or is this normal harvest time???

we normally harvest our “summer” ( warm season ) crops in autumn / winter. ( March - June )
Those mungs were planted in January, after the durum was harvested in December
If we have sufficient moisture, we can literally have 2 crops in a year

we have had a wetter than usual autumn, so yes, our summer crop harvests ( sorghum, cotton, mungbeans etc ) have been delayed a bit this year, but not by a huge amount

I have harvested sorghum & picked cotton in July ( mid winter ) in the past . . .
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Its that time at the end of the week that we all like to call Friday and to be honest, it's been quite a calm week. . . . well except for the part where my keyboard broke (it can't stand the pace) and I had to use a pen!! With handwriting like mine, I would qualify to be a Doctor!

As I said, it's been a calm sort of week, King Kev and Cool Hand Luke have been putting in the pipework for a new sewage treatment plant at a house a few miles down the road from the office, so nice and local. When Boss Man Chris looked at the job the route to the adjacent brook was not as overgrown as when the lads turned up. Rumour control says that before they hacked their way in, the roar of a rabbit could be heard about 25 feet away! Our intrepid explorers hacked their way through with a 3-tonne excavator and got the pipe in with no animal attacks of any sort, although the dogs of the house were somewhat "excitable" by all accounts! Nice piece of reinstatement, even if I do say so myself. The lads always manage to leave things looking neat and tidy after they are done.

Boss Man Chris and Paul have been "wet spotting" near Hinkley. This job has morphed into something that no one was expecting. Guess that is Oil Seed Rape roots for you! You can see from the photos that they are some right little buggers and do like to be more of a pain than Japanese Knotweed on a village green! During the excavations we found water bubbling up from the side of the trench. The digging at this point was relatively easy compared to a few metres back, which was very hard. We have a theory that our trench is right on the edge of the old quarry that used to be here and the water and air bubbles are being forced up from the old quarry workings? It was as shame we didn’t have 4 free weeks and bigger digger to find out!! Paul is back up there today, the photos he has sent me show that the problem is bigger than anyone imagined! On the plus side, we have found the problem and are chasing it towards the outfall.

With Paul back to site Boss Man Chris has spent today around the yard catching up and generally getting in the way! The new wheels for the low loader trailer we ordered a while back are ready for fitting. Nuts were cracked and trailer moved to Barry Jeffrey Transport ready for these new shiny beasty wheels. Unloading fert for the farm and getting the CAT Challenger in ready for a service. . . much to the delight of DillyBob! The face says it all. Moved some furniture and we even had lunch in the sun! Lunch was very
reminiscent of primary school days when the teacher used to take you outside for lessons if the weather was nice!!

We had a visit from the one and only Chris "Chuckles" Heath on Tuesday when he returned our Moores seed drill he borrowed for a small job. The gang assembled on the car park, hiding amongst the trailers, tractor and pipe. Heads were bowed, hands were thrust in pockets, orange was worn and a couple of them even managed to watch the gladiatorial combat between ground critters going on at their feet. It was a deep and serious conversation that followed.

"Have you sold any corn?" "What sort of price are you looking at?"

"Have your bought your fertiliser?" "What sort of price you looking at?"

Have you bought any new kit or other shiny toys?" What sort of price you looking at?"

The sun did its best to break through as the very Reverend Heath delivered his sermon. . . Amen Reverend Heath, Amen I say!!

DillyBob has been a busy bee this week, and a little quiet. . .The only normal thing has been his professional biscuit snaffling!! The trail of crumbs got so bad at one point on Wednesday and Thursday that we had to call in a road sweeper as the crumbs were creating their own biosphere!

Been a good week lads, as always, thank you for the graft and the giggles, have a dam fine weekend and see you all on Monday to do it all again. 'Till then, stay safe and stay smiley 😊

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Gradually bringing the old tool carrier out of retirement. Raking small weeds out of leeks here.
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Brilliant machines, at the end of my sandwich period I was allowed a week on one of these hoeing spring onions, very satisfying work.

Interesting to see your leeks, we dibbed then watered in early leeks, and banked later to get more white.

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...