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Temperatures have turned spring like.  The meteorologist promised that our last bite of winter was this past week.  We've been in mid 70's during the day, and with the absense of rain, some of our fields have begun to dry. 

The pecan trees have begun to bloom, which to a Louisiana rice farmer is a sure sign that its time to plant rice.  The crop dusters have begun spraying the seed over the fields that we've waterleveled so far.  About 3 days after the seed is spread, we began draining the fields.


We noticed that one of our higher fields is dry enough to begin the tillage for our Clearfield (dryplant hybrid) rice.  I had Bobby hook the 9270 up to the green disk and make sure everything was in order.


We got the 6910 ready on the fertilizer spreader, while Craig brought the 9220 to the shed to retrieve the bedleveler.



Dwayne showed up later with the 7210 to hook up the drill.


Everything was brought back to the shop for an inspection.  Not much work was needed on the bedleveler.


Meanwhile I sent Bobby with the 9270 to start disking up the old soybean stubble.



Dwayne showed up later on the 6910 to spread some fertilizer before the bedleveler passed.


Finally Craig showed up with the 9220 and bedleveler to make the final tillage pass before the drill.  This is a nice tool because it crumbles up the bigger clods of dirt.



Finally at about sunset, Dwayne showed up again, this time with the drill.



(I realize the drill may be big for the 7210, but it is really meant to be a 30' drill.  I am working on plans to build a 30' tri fold later this year)

After the drill is passed we will build up some levees, and start flooding the field once the plants sprout.

Thats all for now.

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We have still been enjoying warmer days and nights.  However now the temps are in the mid 80's, and its starting to feel like early summer.  Also, with the warmer weather and spring comes another problem, the lack of rain.  We haven't had a good rain in a few weeks so we are anxious to get as much of the rice in the ground as possible.  We decided it was time to plant a 50 acre field that had rice last year.  We didn't get to plow under the rice straw, so it needed a lot of work.  First, since we are done with all of the water work, I had Dwayne and Bobby bring the bufallo and chisel back to the bins.



While they were gone, Craig and I started checking over the wing disk and bedleveler.  One of the tires on the bedleveler was low so we had to air it up, and we are having a problem with one of the hydraulic lines.  The left wing keeps going trying to go down on its own.



Here are our two Freightliners.  They are back from hauling the last of the rice to Texas, and are waiting to head back to Killa's customs to have more work done on the trailers.


We unhooked the buffalo and chisel, and got to work getting the cultivator out of the shed.



I am definitly parking this in a different space.  It is too hard to get it out with that power pole there.


After some fuel and a check up it was ready to go.


I sent Dwayne out first with the disk.  The weeds took over during the winter in this field. 




I hired another worker for the farm, because someone always ended up with two tasks making things harder.  The new guy, Brandon, was sent on the 9220 with the cultivator to try to bury some of those weeds and loosen the soil.


I showed up to give him directions to the next field.


I had Bobby spread the rice from the dump cart.  At the end of the day, he complained about the sunburn, but that comes with the job.


Finally, Craig showed up with the bedleveler to bury the seed.  After the small ditches are made, and the seeds start to sprout, we will open up the wells in this field.



After this field, that only leaves about 250 acres left to plant, then we'll start getting ready for the soybeans.

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WOW David, some excellent pictures of farm work in Louisiana! I think this has to be your best journal to date!

Thanks Tim, I have to agree.  This one was certainly the most fun to do.  I really like how it turned out.

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After our freak cold snap for easter, things began to dry up again fast, even with showers in between.  We've finished planting the rice, and Dwayne has been on the 6910 capping the levees to hold the water in.


Bobby has been in the 9270 disking down the rest of the rice stubble from last year.  Brandon has been on the 7210 tearing down the levees.


Bobby still has to disk down the levees to flatten them out a little more.



With the dry weather, we decided to take the opportunity and lazer level one of our fields that hasn't been leveled in a while.  Craig hooked the waterleveler to the stx, but it was decided to use the other waterleveler since this one needed too much work for now.


We put the 9220 on the scraper.  Here is Dwayne looking it over.  We decided not to put the lazer on it because of time.


Working out in the field.



Shutting down for the day.


Thats all for now

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After a long time with little or no rain, we finally got a good rain Thursday and some Friday morning.  Now that things have dried a little, we have decided to get the planters rolling.  We had to unhook the dirt bucket and waterleveler from the 9220 and STX. 


We switched the 9270 back onto the green disk because of some burnt berrings that we don't have time to change.


Brandon put the bedleveler on the STX, while Bobby put the cultivator back onto the 9220.


We still have some work to do on the planter, so until its ready we put the six row on the 4755 to put some seed in the ground.


We started with a small field that we let grow over last year.  Without a year of tillage, we had to run the disk twice.  The second time around, I had Bobby run the field diagonally, hopping to break some of the bigger clods.




Dwayne was on the 9220 running the cultivator.


Brandon shows up with the STX on the bedleveler.  Finally some of the bigger clods began to fall appart.



Finally Craig runs the planter on the 4755.  I don't ussually like to plant with the soil looking this rough, but time is not on our side as it will soon dry up again.


We still have about 750 acres left to plant now. 

Thats all for now.

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What is the model number for the forward folding Deere grain drill? I'd love one of them in 1/32, it would be perfect for my 8400 Precision. .. :)

The yard is getting ready for the off then, a busy looking place. Looks well smart  ;):) :)

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What is the model number for the forward folding Deere grain drill? I'd love one of them in 1/32, it would be perfect for my 8400 Precision. .. :)

The yard is getting ready for the off then, a busy looking place. Looks well smart  ;):) :)

It is a John Deere 7410.

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Things are drying fast.  We got a break though, yesterday and day before we had some good showers come through and even brought a little taste of actual spring weather with it.  It's cooled off enough to make things comfortable for the next day or two.  There was only one field that needed to be disked first before the other implements could run in, so Bobby ran the disk through this field twice to try to get rid of all the weeds and old rice stubble.



Since Im working with the stx on something else, the 9270 now has to switch duties and take over the bedleveler.  So I had Bobby high tail it home to switch his tools.


Dwayne arrives shortly after with the cultivator.


Before he is even finished, Bobby shows up with the bedleveler.  Had to tell him not to rush, don't want to burn any berrings on the crumbler, they are not fun to change and we can't afford to loose anymore time.


We managed to get the large drill back in shape to finish the bean crop.  The 4755 and six row will still run in the small fields that are only about an acre or two.


I took control of the stx so that I could finish leveling the field we started a few weeks ago.  I started with the dirt bucket to cut the larger uneven spots.



Then I switched to the waterleveler to scrape some of the lesser prominant spots.



Things finally got two dry to plant, so Dwayne is just going to run the cultivator over the rest of the fields.  Meanwhile I sent Bobby to get the small disk and run it over the spots where the levees go, so that I can have a clear mark to run with.



I would like to start something here to tie in MyWebsite with my journals.  I have put extra pictures on MyWebsite and a blog called Lagniappe.  I will try to do this for every journal if I can. 


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Thats the tractor isn't it? I mean't the grain drill on the back  :)

Oh thats a Great Plains drill.  I wanted it to be a 30' but it came out to big.  I don't have any specific model number for it.

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