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I started milo harvest yesterday; and really got with it, today. I small rain shower came through, so we shut down earlier this evening than we would have otherwise. I took a few shots with my cell-cam. I apologize in advance for the poor quality. Tomorrow, I am going to take the Mavica (digi. cam) and also the cam-corder. I hope to have a video clip that I can post to YouTube.com
Here we go:

This pic is where the combine got full before the cart got there ; so since I was stopped anyway, I thought I would get the two rigs in the same pic. (
CLOSE that tractor DOOR, would ya'?
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This pic is taken from the combine's platform, just outside the door. About 900 bushels on the cart right now...we can get a little more on there, if we have to! Hurry back to the field, trucker!


This pic was taken while we were stopped while unloading. In reality, the sky is quite a bit darker...There are a couple of rain showers in this frame, but they really don't look like much...again, in reality they are pretty good rain showers. These showers later came over the field I was in. North of us, they are getting hail (golf ball size), as I write this
(7:45 pm, CST, 10-10-'07)



The milo is doing great, especially for this area. The rain fell timely. To get two good crops in the same year is a real blessing.
I hope to post a link to some video, here, tomorrow.

Whups!
The weather man says that the storm has now turned SOUTH-EAST...We are ~right~ in line for it. Sure hope that the hail stays out of this area...shoot, I hope it stays off of everybody's milo, and such!
 

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Nice lookin' cart and tractor.Looks like it is doing pretty well.I'm getting some rain now,but that is fine,can't plant wheat until Friday anyway.
BTW-I think your big,blue Big12 has made it over by my place.
 

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BigHP:
yeah, the rain is GREAT on our newly-risen wheat! As long as it does not hail, or the wind get tooooo bad right after the rain, the milo will be fine...and yeah, my Big 12 (blue) Cart went over by Bushland. I can't remember the name of the buyers. It was a father and son that came over.. "HHHH" was the name at the top of the check. (their last name started with a "H", and there are four of them in the "business")

Motram:
I believe what you are calling a "tower" is actually the "antannae" mounted on the grain cart. I think Kinze put it there (?), in that location, so the operator of the cart can tell how high up the auger will be (i.e. what it might hit) if it were folded into the working position. I have noticed that this 'antannae' and the auger (in the raised position) are the exact same height.
Is this antannae ~not~ OEM? Honestly, I dont know, as I am the second owner...Anyone else own a Kinze 1040? Does yours' have the little blue antannae mounted there? It really does appear to be [something like] a CB antannae. It even has the spring widget at the base, so it will flex.
If Kinze did ~not~ mount it there, then somebody was onto something when they decided to install it!!
 

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Quote:BigHP:
yeah, the rain is GREAT on our newly-risen wheat! As long as it does not hail, or the wind get tooooo bad right after the rain, the milo will be fine...and yeah, my Big 12 (blue) Cart went over by Bushland. I can't remember the name of the buyers. It was a father and son that came over.. "HHHH" was the name at the top of the check. (their last name started with a "H", and there are four of them in the "business together

Holten, i think is how you spell it.They have two sections and he got his boys to farm it,I heard to give them something to do.They have made two wheat crops on it,but quickly found out that farming isn't as easy as just "sittin' in a tractor all day".That sure is a bright blue cart though!
My brother has been helping a guy over south of Vega and they have been doing seed milo.I think by the end of next week everybody will be going full bore on milo.
My wheat needed some rain.It has been up for almost a month and although I am not real dry,any rain is greatly appreciated.
 

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We only rec'd about 0.25 inch, here at the house.
Over where we were cutting milo last night, though, we rec'd 1.25 inches!!! Another section that has milo rec'd 1.30 inches. What a great deal for the fresh-sown wheat! (I wish all of o u r everyone's wheat could have got that much rain!)

The rain fell gently (here), and did not damage anything. We are fortunate, though....I heard that it hailed quite a bit near Hereford
(, TX). Our county agent said that he was through there last night, just after the hail had fallen ; and he said that the hail was
2 feet deep (on each side of the road, from TXDOT maintainers scraping it off the road). I do not know how deep the hail was on the level ; but it would take quite a bit to make "wind rows" of hail, on each side of he highway [that deep]!
The highway had to be closed for a time, while TXDOT cleared it.

The Nat'nl Weather Service in Amarillo, TX (located at/near the Airport) reported about 0.7 inch of rainfall last night...For you locals,
I heard that the Lake Tanglewood area also rec'd some hail. Also, the weather got kinda' rough this morning (10-11-'07) down around Memphis, TX....also north of Pampa.

Big HP: How much rain did you get last night? Any hail? Hopefully your wheat got a drink.

BrewMax : What about u? You get any rain? Aren't you around Tulia, or is it Silverton? Is your wheat up behind that fancy air rig?
If you are not happy with it, you can drop it off over here...

Anybody else : ? (where ever you live)

It will be a few days, now, before we get back to cutting...in that location, anyway.
The weather men said NOTHING of last night's storms!!!!

The storms were a TOTAL shock to them. I heard one of 'em say that these storms "snuck" in off of the mountains, and headed "our way"....yeah, whatever...
Some of our ~best rain~, around here, has come when no one is 'calling for them' in the forecast. They are, however, calling for a big round of wind later this week...and into the weekend...and they hardly EVER miss the forecast when it comes to the wind!
 

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we just got a few tenths, and no hail or wind!!!!!!!! that was great, i talked to a good friend at the deere house in plainview this morning and he told me he lost 1500 acres of cotton that had been defoliated. thats really gotta suck, he couldnt have possibly gotten any more money in it at all before loosing it.

the air seeder is comming around hopefully. there are over 300 bearings to a 40ft 10inch drill!!! and actually i havent had that much bearing trouble with it, but i had to replace the seedboots on it and they arent cheap
i highly recomend shoup mfg for your drill parts, they are LOTS cheaper than deere.
 

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Man, I ~feel for the guy that lost the cotton. I grew up at Abernathy, so I know quite a bit about cotton!!! I was glad to get away from that stuff!!

You are right, Shoup IS the bomb for drill parts...or just about anything they sell. I buy their Acra-Plant tips for my JD hoe drills...much cheaper than Deere's. Their gathering chains for a JD Row Head are tons cheaper, too, and they look the ~very same! Go Shoup!

Sorry to hear your drills have a few grimlins. Seems like that's the way it goes. My new CIH Planter had a few gremlins, but we got em worked out quickly...
 

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Congrats on the rain, Tx. All we have is cloud cover and humidity. It'll be late this morning before we can start the combine.
 

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Re: Hail, which way from Hereford?

I've got family in Hereford and an uncle that farms about 10-12 miles north of Hereford.

Did the hail stay in a narrow band, or would it have gotten them too?
 

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pknoeber:
I am not 100% sure, but I think that quite a few around Hereford got hail. How bad? I am not sure. Here is what I posted earlier about the Hereford area:

Quote:I heard that it hailed quite a bit near Hereford
(, TX). Our county agent said that he was through there last night, just after the hail had fallen ; and he said that the hail was
2 feet deep (on each side of the road, from TXDOT maintainers scraping it off the road). I do not know how deep the hail was on the level ; but it would take quite a bit to make "wind rows" of hail, on each side of he highway [that deep]!
The highway had to be closed for a time, while TXDOT cleared it.

I hope your family didn't get it too bad...


jd9600guru :
I LOVE the Diverter/dust fan !!!! I DO NOT know how I did w/out it, now that I have it installed. "5" out of "5 Stars". If anyone has feederhouse dust problems, the feederhouse-driven Dust Diverter is a must-have! Thanks for the advice!


jd9500sidehill: Thanks!


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I got quite a bit of milo cut (7 semi-loads) on Saturday (10/13/'07) afternoon. Not bad considering we did not start 'til 12:45 pm, and were back at the house...and we broke off for an hour to go get another semi-truck to dump on to....I only missed about 45 minutes of the Nascar Race. (home about 7:20 pm) No, I did not quit just for the race...the humidity came ~way~ up, in a hurry...and the moisture of the milo was [already] borderline before the humidty came rolling in...It rained about 0.2-0.25 late Saturday night, and then it was foggy for a while on Sunday morning (this morning). I tested some milo, and tried to cut at about 3:30 this afternoon...but the moisture was at about 17.5%

Hopefully, tomorrow will bring sunshine and some breeze...(
notice I said "breeze" and not [gale force] wind
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The showers are ~great~ for the wheat, so I'm not uh-cussin' the rain. The radar is lit up right now...I suppose it is raining around Dumas, Stratford, Borger, and in that general area. "Ping Pong Ball-Sized Hail" keeps coming across the screen's crawl.
Geeeeeez, we don't need that! None of us do!
 

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Thanks for the sublime offer

What I need is some sunshine and a few days of low humidty!

Like I said, 7 loads, all grossing over 92k, [hauled] out yesterday afternoon...in just under 6 seperator hours...
I'm sure that the "big boys" like 8010's, 7010's, 9760's, and even your 9650 could do better...but I did get some grain out of the field, yesterday.

I just need conditions that are favorable for harvesting!



You are welcome to come on over, if your combine has some miracle way to instantly dry milo from [near] 18%,
down to the 14's (%) !!


Oh yeah, I got some (what I think is) good video, yesterday. I will try to get it posted to YouTube.com , sometime....
 

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Update (10/15/'07):

In the "heat of the day" (yeah right, the high today was 67*F
) we tried to harvest some milo. The moisture was 17% + .

We need some drying weather, but with the over night lows getting into the 40's (*F), the dew point is going to kick in...wet windshields in the morning usually mean no cutting before about 1 pm...

The elevator said that they are not going to be able to take any more milo unless it is 15.1% or less. They said that everyone's milo is 'wetter' than normal, and they don't have any dry to blend this 'on the fence' stuff with...I said "TURN THE AIR ON TO IT"
 

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youre supposed to get some wind tomorrow. i wouldnt consider a 9750 or 9650 any if much at all bigger than a 9610 ive ran beside the 9650 all year in wheat and milo ------no corn-- and it doesnt out travel me much if any at all. yes its got a power box and all the goodies, its just not what i expected. sure its a nice machine and does what its supposed to do, but it by no means out paces the 9610 in any conditions that ive been in in wheat or milo this year
 

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Finished the 2nd Field!

We finished the second field we were in!! The moisture (%) is still quite a bit 'wetter' than it was last Saturday (the last time we were able to cut). Moisture is right @ 16% ; 'my guy' at the elevator has been very kind and lenient w/me.
Here are a few pics from today:

Think I might be able to get another cup full of milo on this thing?




~Different perspective~ (from the milo's point of view)




Here is a pic of my GVL Ez-View Dust Diverter.
(good product! here is their website: http://www.gvlpoly.com/html/ez_view_jd.htm
I took the 'factory decal' off of the Diverter, and put a ~chromed~ JD decal....




Again, thanks for the great advice on the Dust Diverter! There is NO way I would want the Diverter that is powered by the reel's hydraulics. The feeder house-driven Diverter is the only way to go!
Tomorrow we are off to another field, Lord willing! This field made 4,670 lbs./ac.

Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting
 

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Sweet Pics, as for moisture. Isnt the minimum 12.5%? thats what it is over here. Caused me lots of trouble a few months ago. ment I left before the Sorghum was dry enough to harvest
 

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Quote:So I guees that means I can spend my money now that I won't have to take it off your hands?

jd

Yep, Guru, you can let go of that cash now...I won't be parting with this Diverter any time soon.

BrewMax:
Wanna tell me where that 900 hr. JD 9600 is? I want to know where to go to see it! You know, approach the fellow when the snow is flying, and all!

BrickWalker
As for the minimum % of moisture pertaining to milo, I do not know. The elevators around here usually cut folks off at about 15-16% ..This year, there is hardly any dry milo coming in..the elevators can not blend the wetter stuff with any dry milo, cause it's just not there...The elevator told me the other day that they really do not want any more milo, unless it is less than 14.5%. My last load yesterday was 17'ish....Good thing I got it in, though, as that field rec'd just over 1 inch of rain last night...it would have been another week before I could have got back in the field, if I had not gone ahead and cut it! I am SO glad to be done w/that field...It has a bunch of terraces, washes, etc...It won't dry out for quite a while, now...
 
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