Saturday, October 24, 2015

Need to get back in practice

I've been notably absent from the farm page the last year or so.  We've been fairly active on Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/Bumpus-Farms-119521951452317/) and kind of ignored www.BumpusFarms.us  I'll get better.

I may have to take lessons on how to do this again!

This has been a very unique year.  I know, all of them are  But we went from pretty good to way too wet


to way too dry.


We are not done with harvest ... maybe.  We have about 40 acres of beans planted July 26 after the river went down.  They have been frosted and at this point are not harvestable.  But we are holding off on the disk until we are sure there is no chance.


Other than that we are just about caught up!  Buck has been following Aman around with a disk or ripper and we have all our fall tillage done that can be done.


Friday, August 29, 2014

A "slow" August ...

Yeah, I know.  I should post more often than once a month  I thought this was supposed to be a slow season on the farm! Let's see, what has happened since last time?  Oh, the bins we were pouring concrete for?  They're up
Yes, It's a poor photo.
The irrigators we were running pipe and wire to?  They are going.

And you can get a Hummer stuck when the wheels get mud packed and it slides off in the trench we had made.
 On a personal note we have been to reunions
and weddings
and funerals
 
and more reunions
Met up with an old school friend we had not seen in 40 years
Took us a while to track Larry down.
He's not on Facebook but his sister is!

 
We've done home remodeling
with help of course.
We've gone on fire runs
and field days

We've worked on irrigators
 WHAT DO YOU MEAN NO OIL?
 No, that rod is NOT supposd to stick out the bottom of the oil level gauge.
Where did all THAT come from?
The library asked if we could come up with a display or two.
Here is one of harvesting equipment
 The 560 with mounted picker was Dad's favorite
And we still have a few projects to get finished before fall
We've pretty much kept busy down on the farm.





Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm beginning to understand what Scot said

When I was driving the gas truck one of my customers said "I get up.  I work on irrigators, I go to sleep."  I noticed later he never mentioned going to bed.  At times I have felt the same way this year.  Adding 5 new irrigators really hasn't been that much of a problem.  Other than the normal start up problems getting all the kinks and wrinkles smoothed over they have been trouble free.

But then there are the older ones.

We replaced the engine on the Drake Place south pump this winter. I mentioned back in September it had some issues (http://bumpusfarms.blogspot.com/2013/09/been-making-water.html) The engine had a lot of hours, the Rockford PTO had a few problems.  Last year we replaced the turbo output because the cast iron rotted away and broke.
 3 little springs that fell out of the clutch.  I guess they weren't too important. and the teeth on the clutch plate are almost gone.  So we replaced it with a new propane engine
I love how quiet it runs.  I've done things I never did before, like replace a gearbox on a tower  A right now I have a safety wire broken on a towable
We're trying to find a wireless solution.  The Drake Place north pump lost the PTO (think heavy duty clutch)  Everyone I talked to said it was fixable. Or for $200 more I could have a new one.  8:00 the next morning I was in Evansville picking up a new Twin Disk PTO
We've done a few other things. Like take out trees
 TIMBER !
 and more trees. Dee can make a big mess pretty quickly
We cut down 2 trees at Mom's and 9 trees at Neal's.  Most of the big wood was taken by neighbors for firewood.  But someone still had to pick up limbs and sticks.  I called for reinforcements
 And then for more fun w picked up limbs and brush in the cemetery
We've also put in water lines
and poured concrete and moved grain bins
And we did something else I've never done, put fungicide on commercial corn

I'm about ready for a break.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bumpus.farm is here!

WE'RE EXCITED! OK, we're farm geeks, which means we get excited over odd things.  Mike got this email today:

Dear Michael Bumpus,

GoDaddy has successfully secured your domain. BUMPUS.FARM
is now yours, congratulations!  Thanks for registering with us.

No, we're not sure what we will do with it.  For now www.BumpusFarms.us and www.Bumpus.Farm will forward to the same blogspot page.  www.BumpusFarms.info goes to a page we haven't developed yet.

This all developed when we discovered BumpusFarms.com was already registered to someone in Ohio.  Mike decided to jump in and get control of the .us and .info addresses while they were still available.  When GoDaddy announced the .farm address was becoming available we jumped on it.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

First post this year ? !

Really? I haven't updated the farm page since December? I guess we have been putting more stuff on the Farm's Facebook page and kind of ignoring this one. Snow, posted roads, crashed trucks, new equipment, just all kinds of things to update.  For now I'm going to put up a few random photos taken since the first of the year kind of showing how the winter went
 We moved the office!
 It is now upstairs and has much more space
 and interesting art work on the walls
 It snowed.  And snowed
 Eventually we were able to haul grain
 Although there were special challenges this year
 Did I mention it snowed?
 Truck tires needed repaired
 And tractors needed repaired
 And trucks needed repaired ...
 although one got replaced
And now we are waiting for it to dry enough to plant.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The King Corn and Captain Kirk

WOW! Has it really been a couple months since I posted anything here?  I guess I've gotten busy and distracted and then just out of the practice.  I'll have to improve a bit.

So what has been happening? We finished harvest and fall tillage and are deep in to out mid-December "I really oughta's". You know, I ought to work on equipment, catch up the  books, get ready for Christmas, on and on. 

Oh, and I want to welcome any readers of the Christian Standard. Last month there was an article I had some problems with so I wrote a response.  I included the url for the farm website.  When CS published my response online it included a link to here.  So if you read "The King Corn and Captain Kirk" and my reply you may have decided to visit us here..Welcome!

Let's see, needs some pictures.  How about these I took today?








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