Tag Archives: days gone by

Old Farm Equipment

1 Aug

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Pioneer Preppy recently had a post on his blog about finding old small farm implements and I will agree this stuff is getting hard to find. I went by a dealer that had a small collection of implements and some of it was pretty rough. I began to remember how long I have been working in this area (almost 35 years) and how things have changed. When I was first working in this area, some people were actually farming with 4 row equipment but most had recently upgraded to 6 row equipment. Shortly thereafter, most people moved to 8 row equipment. Most people stayed with 8 row for a good number of years then they went to 12 row equipment. I even have one farmer that uses an 18 row planter now. I guess that is where we are going next. Most farmers had a big shop lot and around in the back would be a bunch of old out-dated equipment just sitting in the weeds. One reason is they could use some of the old equipment parts to repair some of the new equipment on occasion. And they also were showing this equipment on their financial statements as an asset at a highly inflated value. But about 5 years ago the price of scrap metal skyrocketed and most farmers began to clean out the back scrap lot and sell the equipment for salvage. Now finding old 2-4 row implements is just about impossible and if you do see any they want a pretty penny for it. It’s funny how fast time slips away when you look back at the past.

Pet Horse Fly!

9 Jul

I’ll bet you saw the title of this post and thought what in the world is he talking about. Well, I am talking about this.

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I caught this big black horsefly buzzing around in my truck. It reminded me when we were kids, we would catch a horsefly and tie a thread  around it’s neck, ( loosely so as not to kill it ) and walk around with that horsefly buzzing around like a pet on a 3 foot leash. Don’t laugh! When I was a kid we didn’t have video games and all these battery operated toys kids have now-a-days, We had to make our own fun a lot of times. We could imagine a whole world of dragons and castles, or Cowboys and Indians, or GIs and Nazis with just sticks and empty cardboard boxes. We had to use our imagination to keep us occupied all day long. We went out after lunch and didn’t come in till supper time. Times were a lot different back then.

Giant Tree

28 May

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I took a picture of this giant Oak Tree at the entrance of one of my fields today. It is at least six feet in diameter and would have yielded a lot of lumber in the past. There once was a house at this site, but it is gone now. It makes me wonder about history, how many people have sat under it’s shade and what stories could it tell if it could only talk. But this tree has seen better days. It has been struck by lightning and hit by cars, burned by fires, attacked by insects and ravaged by disease but it still keeps hanging on. Like most things in nature, our number one instinct is just to survive. So like this old Oak Tree, let’s keep hanging on and survive as long as we can. Better days are ahead!