Saturday, June 12, 2010

Do I know how to have a fun Saturday afternoon

Some folks play golf, others set in front of the TV and watch ball games.  Me?  I cultivate milo
  OK, so I'm a bit different .  But it was getting to the point of go or no go
and it really needed it again.  We've had a a chemical failure followed by a less than perfect rescue application.  The first was probably just too much rain which also delayed planting.  The second was because putting 2,4-D on milo is risky and most chemical guys are very cautious when doing it.  But we went from this

to this

so I'm hoping we are successful.  We also have a new company policy.  If the 7210 has less than 1/2 a tank when you start it, you fill it up.  Because this is about the same distance from the end where it died a few rounds later.
Somehow it seems appropriate to use photo 666 to illustrate this.  This is the second or third time this has happened to me with this tractor.  The fuel gauge is optimistic.  It will tell you there is plenty of fuel in it even when there is none.  In fact, if you magnify that photo it shows a 1/4 tank of fuel. Burned a lot of fuel in 2 rounds.

This was after Sue called and said "The radar shows a big line of red coming this way".  We got some fuel, I carried 10 gallons 2 miles across the field (OK, so maybe it just felt like 2 miles), poured it in, bled the air out of the system, got it started, and got in before the rain hit.

Ahh the joys of farming.

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