Archive | June, 2013
I was in a field and I spotted this really nice projectile point. It was made out of a nice pretty white stone and the point is so sharp I had to be careful carrying it in my pocket. I spotted it out of the corner of my eye and looked and saw how white it was and I almost didn’t stop. The plastic irrigation pipe we use is white as well as most of the chemical jugs are white so you see a lot of pieces of jagged white plastic in the field. I thought that is probably just plastic, but I needed to stop and examine the crop closely so I stopped anyway and boy, I’m glad I did. People sometimes ask me how I see so much stuff as I am going through the field. Most of our fields are 1/4 of a mile from top to bottom and I make 4-6 passes through each one. That works out to be covering 1 to 1&1/2 miles in each field and I am looking down to check for weeds, insects, bloom shed and just general plant conditions. And if there is something out of the ordinary my eye naturally goes to it.
In the next field I found this small piece of projectile point and a marble. I decided to take a picture of all the junk I saw that day.
I don’t know what this is, it might be something left over from the mule farming days.
A 12 in piece of solid steel rod.
A steel blade from a tillage implement.
A steel wheel off of a tillage implement.
I have no idea what this is, it is a heavy piece of angle iron but it has two fine toothed, lightweight gears attached.
A jawbone of some animal. If I was Sampson I could use it to slay a score of Philistines!
A 4 inch bolt which I kept. The other junk I just picked up and pitched into the fence line. Something like that could get picked up and go into a harvest machine and cause a lot of damage. Well, that is just a sampling of the stuff I find every day. Stay observant and see what you might find.
When the song mentions amber waves of grain, this is what they are talking about. This is a wheat field ready for harvest and when the wind blows across it, the wheat ripples like waves across the ocean. We are winding up our wheat harvest and the yields were surprisingly good for this year.
One of the local elevators built this make-shift storage facility. It appears to be a metal building 100X400 feet with a concrete floor. They dump the grain on the concrete and the front end loader pushes it into a pile. When they want to haul it out the loader picks it up and dumps it back into the truck. If you get a piece of bread in the future and it tastes a little gritty the wheat may have come from here! HAHA!
After the wheat is harvested, soybeans are planted. I advise my growers to plant into the standing stubble, but some people choose to burn the stubble. I strongly discourage my clients from doing that. Leaving the stubble has a lot of benefits such as returning nutrients to the soil, improving the organic matter, conserving moisture, preventing erosion, and helping to smother out weed growth. I find it hard to believe the EPA allows people to burn the fields and put all those pollutants into the air but apparently there is no regulation preventing this. However, if the smoke crosses a road and could be a traffic hazard, the farmers are supposed to contact the sheriff’s department and get a permit so the deputies can block the traffic to prevent accidents. I can only actually remember this occurring about six times in my entire career so that regulation is pretty much ignored. When those dry fields get to burning on a windy day it is quite a sight to see, and you can hear the roar of the fire from a half a mile away. Be prepared!
I have mentioned before I am a retro kind of guy. I like to collect stuff from the 1940’s up through the early 1970’s. One of the items I have from the early 1970’s is some USA Pottery items in orange. I know you have seen it.
As we were unpacking some boxes I rediscovered my orange storks and since the mantle was empty I put them there. They really look good don’t they? When Sweet Thing saw them she said “Oh No!”. I think I am going to come home one day and they will be moved over to my Man Cave and the mantle will be empty again. Some people just have no taste for the finer things in life!
Awful, awful, awful! In the past Stephen King has refused to have his name attached to several TV and movie adaptations of his work because they veered so far from the “heart of his work”! Really? And now you will lend your name to this? At best the show I watched only followed the novel about 20%. The basic premise and the names of the characters are the same and that is about all that matches up. From the very first minute the show diverged from the novel. Oh well, I will keep watching and see if it improves any.
I recently sent a form e-mail to the President expressing my concerns with the upcoming attacks on the second amendment via the gun control legislation being proposed in Congress. Well, the President fired off his own form letter full of the expected political obfuscation, double-speak, fuzzy backward logic, and just general BS. Take a moment to read it if you have a strong stomach!