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Had some time to visit Kortge Wheat & Cattle while they were harvesting in near The Dalles. Just happened......to have a camera along..........
The 9760 at work on top of a ridge.....some neighboring cherry orchards in the background:



Even enough level ground on top here to do some unloading on the go.

 

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OK, that's enough of that level stuff.........let's get to the fun part. The
Hillco equipped 9760 heading around the west side of the ridge



Diamond treads all the way around for better stability on the soft,steep slopes......dualed up on the drivers.



A head shot........coming back up to the waiting grain cart:

 

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A series on the next round as the 9760 dives off the top of the ridge
again:



A pretty good down hill pitch......and the machine has started to run
short of leveler:



Getting to the bottom of the draw:



A little closer look:

 

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I was trying to get a shot that would give you an idea of what it looks
like to head down one of these hills.......the wind, chaff & sunlight were
not co-operating.......this is the best I could do on this afternoon:



Finishing up on this ridge:

 

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Even the haul roads out of this field are an adventure......the 'Pete'
coming back in for more.........




........and one of the 'Creamcicle's' headed out loaded:



 

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As a flat-lander, whose only local hills are highway overpasses, all I can say is - WOW. Pucker factor for me would be pretty high!!!! Great pics - thanx for posting 'em.
 

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Done with one ridge.........starting in on the next one:



Running down this big draw until half full, then coming back to the
landing. Used all of the leveler on this run:



Munching through some nice wheat on the return leg:



Not so steep on the next pass:



Getting ready to park for the evening. A D5B SA hooked up to a disk
for fire duty if needed:

 

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Back at it the next morning



Not enough room to dump on the fly here, so they have set up a landing on top of the ridge. That's The Dalles Dam to the right of the frame, ahead of the Quads nose. The hills in the background are across the Columbia River in Washington

 

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Checking things out from inside the cab:



Things are looking pretty good on the 'ol Ag Leader


 

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Opening up the bottom side of this ridge:



A little later.....lengthening out the run:

 

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With the bottom opened up ..........now it's time to tackle this Bad Boy.
Making the first pass below this 'eyebrow' light:



Headed on around; with the bottom already opened up, the combine
is assured of getting back to the grain cart.

 

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Next pass......just dumped on the cart in the background so he can hit the steep slope light:





Slightly out of level......but real stable thanks to the diamond treads.



Don't want to leave any wheat here.....never hear the end of it from the neighbors if you do;



Easy Money:

 

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Off of the steepest part now, so the 9760 turns around and comes back directly to the cart:



It doesn't take long to fill up down in here;



Headed back out for more as evening settles in:

 

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awsome pics 98j thats some crazy country getting farmed over there , i guess thats why the need for the seat belt !!! thank for posting
 

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Amazing picts. That operator must have cool-aid in his veins to ride that horse in those alps. He puts a tremendous amount of faith in that Hillco holding him up. Also, most of the time he is running a full header cut on those steep places. Can that yield monitor be correct? 113 bu/a in those alps?

Awsome picts. Thanks for putting them up. Hillco and Deere should pay you for them.
 

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It's always been amazing to see the steepest of the steep hillside action. For those who live that life, a couple questions....

Historically in your area, are there known/remembered cases where old farmer Bob tumbled down the hill to the bottom and didn't live to tell about it?

In the pictures it would appear that ya'll are maxed out on what can be done here. Are you really riding on the razors edge (one badger hole from sending the whole rig to the bottom in a twisted up mess)? Or do you really have another 5 or 10 degrees before it gets dicey?

It's certainly impressive and the pictures are very nice.

-noacres
 
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