Antique Cars

15 Aug

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Sweet Thing and I ate lunch at Cracker Barrel last Sunday and we spotted these antique cars on the parking lot. I guess they had been to a car show in the area. They sure are spiffy aren’t they? I really like that truck pulling that camper, although I bet GMC never put out a stock model truck like that. That one is a purely custom job.

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This is a picture of one of the fields I work being replanted to soybeans on August 13th. And before you ask, yes, that is way too late to be planting beans. The river flooded out the original beans, but the land lord demanded they be replanted. The land lord has nothing to risk and everything to gain. If they yield 12 bushels he gets 4 bushels; if they cut 0 he gets nothing but it costs him nothing. On the other hand, if they yield 12 bushels, the farmer gets 8 bushels which won’t cover his costs of replanting and if they yield nothing he has to bear the entire costs of replanting. That is not a fair arrangement, but that is the feudal, share cropping system most farmers work under.

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This is a big ole’ bollworm buried up in this cotton boll. That is not something you want to see.

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This is a Fall Armyworm feeding on a cotton bloom. Soon he will be buried up in a boll as well.

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This is a milo leaf covered up with White Sugarcane Aphids. This is a new pest for us, one that is expensive to deal with. As you can see, there are several hundred aphids on that one leaf. They will suck the life out of that plant as well as dripping so much honey dew onto the rest of the plant that at harvest it will gum up the combine making it impossible to harvest the milo. More to come tomorrow.

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2 Responses to “Antique Cars”

  1. Pioneer Preppy August 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Farming pests are really nasty and most people out there have no clue just how much added expense dealing with the pests puts into the final price.

    So did that farmer lease that land with the landlord having say over what was planted? Up here if a landlord of a leased partial tried that the farmer would just put in wheat or something.

    • doublebhomestead August 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

      There is usually nothing in the contract giving the land lord say over the crop, but if the farmer doesn’t do as the land lord “suggests”, then someone else will be farming that land next year. Most contracts are based on a one year agreement, that gives the land lord much more leverage.

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