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Ok, so the weather outside is crummy, prices could be better &
you wish that clown down at the bank would get off your.......
back. Cheer up. Harvest is just around the corner.........in our
case a mere 200 days or so....


On the Will Ford Farm SE of The Dalles, Oregon. John Fulton at the
controls of one of two 2588's cutting OSU 101 Soft White as Mt Hood
looks on in the background.

 

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I went through Oregon back in the summer of 1983 and I couldn't believe the hills you guys were farming. The steepest hills we farm are the drainage ditches we cut into our fields, otherwise its dead flat, maybe 6" to 1' variation on half a mile.
 

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Gee, haven't priced one out in a while. The Hillco Kit as seen on this
2588 is under thirty grand. By the time you get heavier wheels on it
and add four wheel drive, the final tab is considerably more.



I'll do a little more checking for you.
 

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Well, yeah some of it leans a bit.



Some places more than others.



All seems to work out ok

 

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I occurs to me that the downhill draper drive is actually lifting quite a lot of grain. I wonder if you can measure the extra wear on the head in this application?
 

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Hmmm... looking at your handle makes me wonder if there might be
a D2 in your background. The shovel......is a fire fighting device. Pretty
handy in the first few seconds in the stubble. As per seeding........
if you have the right equipment:



..........then the seeding is really a snap:



.......and no, I don't imagine that it looks anything like Ontario:


 

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It would seem that duals or triples would be more stable on those sidehills than the tracks of a quadtrack. I would be nervous with the narrow wheelbase of the QT. Of course, I'd probably still be nervous in a tractor with triples. Those QTs must have a low center of gravity.
 

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Great pics once again. Unless I'm mistaken, this is the first year with the Quadtrack. What are the thoughts on it compared to the old Deere?
 

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those are some hills it must be a ride even to get it planted one question what is the shovel used for on the catwalk ps here in ontario where im at the land is flat as a landing strip
 

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Tracks Rule.................



........Wheelies Drool:




Yup, the center of gravity is........................



.................low.


 

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First time for a Quad on SRS........but a short time. The Green
Weenie made some horrible sounds.......then stopped.
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you might imagine, a lot of Dead Presidents to get it back on it's
feet. Looked for a while like a trade was a done deal, but that fell
apart after seeding. Gawd I hate to see a grown man cry, but that's
nearly what happened when the Red one went back. Fun while it
lasted. I didn't get to run it, but I d a m n sure took a few snaps:



No comparison about the performance......would pull the Green
one off backwards.
 

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Son in Law still has both of his Quads, and they remain the tractor
of choice for the steep north end of Wasco Co. Should have some
more good shots of them in action in the coming months:





 

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I see you're putting on NH3 with the seeding equipment. How many lbs/acre do you use? Also, when going up a hill, how do you draw the NH3 out of the tank when the NH3 gets low so that the valve doesn't start sucking vapor?
 

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i love the pics yes i restore old cats d2 d4 r2 d7 i showed my wife the hills that you farm on she plants all the wheat and beans with are air seeder next time she has a problem it still cant be near as bad as what you guys have to deal with.thanks agean for letting see how you guys farm .
 

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A typical rate on the better soils here runs from 60# on up to 70#
or so. We only get 12 to 15 inches of precip, so going much higher
gets counterproductive. On my own little dab that I still get to farm
on my own, I applied 65# of N & 10# of S per acre. As per the second
part of your question....that is something that you have to keep an
eye on. I have had that happen ( suck vapor) Back in the old
days it wasn't much of an issue, except for the skip you would leave. With some of the systems now, if you run it to low and
suck some vapor, then you will smoke a flow meter turbine. Not
good. Got to keep an eye on 'ol Visible Jr. My son in law's
outfit seen here, has enough capacity to run a long time......like
2 hrs or so. He doesn't have any issues with getting so low on
material that he starts sucking vapor.



For this coming season ( fall 2010) this drill will be equipped with
variable rate technology ( N only) GPS driven, based on yield maps
from the combine.
 
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