A Trip Down Memory Lane

Between the Fencerows

In an exercise of days gone by, I took the old girl out for a spin!

Published on: June 20, 2013

She came to us in 1978.  I was just a little tike then, but apparently my maternal grandfather had already been working on me.  You see, I thought it would be a good idea to use red paint on the wheels of dad's new John Deere 4840!  I've probably blocked that memory, but I'm told my rear end matched the paint I chose. 

Grandpa and I may have known something as the 4840 is the last piece of green equipment on the farm.  (But we're not 100% red either)

She has served us well.  Until the late nineties, she was the main girl on this farm.  She planted, side dressed, cultivated, sprayed, and did some tillage work.  8300 hours later, she is relegated to mowing the roads, patch planting with a six-row mounted planter, and running augers. 

The old 4840 has been a workhorse on the farm for 30 years.
The old 4840 has been a workhorse on the farm for 30 years.

The air is still cold, the radio doesn't work too well, and the 'K' in RTK stands for 'Kyle,' but this week I took her back out into the field to do some real work again.  I dug out the row crop cultivator and the old pipe & re bar apparatus that mounts as a row pointer and put them on. 

Last fall, we had a field of corn that went down.  Spring chiseling didn't get the job done, and we had a volunteer corn come up with this year's crop.  Since we didn't alternate traits on this farm, we were left only one choice.  The field was also pretty fluffy when we planted, and it has been pounded a couple different times, I'm sure getting some air in the soil didn't hurt anything either. 

Honestly, it was kind of relaxing to just sit and drive, even without the radio.

Rough Fields

In other news, fields look rougher now than they did two weeks ago.  A deluge of rain has taken a toll on crops.  Many corn fields have yellow patches, some fields need sprayed, several fields have very apparent row starter issues. We also wonder how much nitrogen has been lost. 

Soybeans are in a similar state, there will be replant in some pot holes when they dry out.