I’ve been lax on giving you soybean updates. The road we normally use to get to the field has been closed since the beginning of July with a bridge out, so I don’t find myself going by very often. So, here is a picture of what the bean field looks like now. The leaves have been turning yellow and falling off the stems, so harvest is not far behind – probably less than two weeks.
The crew came in an mowed our fifth cutting of alfalfa the other day. They are merging and chopping this afternoon. My camera has a dead battery so you won’t see that for the last time this year!
The dairy crew is still putting on manure.
This is a tillage tool called a Gen-Till. It pokes holes in the ground (at the left) so the manure being applied (on the right) will soak into the ground faster.
Manure is applied at 1000 to 1500 gallons per minute.
The black hose in the front is called the supply hose. The orange one nearer the tractor is a very heavy drag hose designed to be pulled by the Gen-Till.
This is the pump that is pumping the manure out of the 15 million gallon lagoon at 200 pounds per square inch of pressure in the supply hose. With a booster pump manure can be pumped three miles to the fields.
Here’s the 15 million gallon lagoon of manure.
The pile of silage at the dairy has grown immensely the past 10 days. They’ve started covering it with plastic and tires to protect it and help it ferment.
The tractors are still packing.
You can see the plastic and tires better here.
The buggy just emptied onto the cement and the tractor will start pushing it onto the pile.
There’s getting to be a traffic jam as the silage gets full. It’s as long as it will probably get, but they can make it higher on this end.
Richard took this picture earlier of both tractors near the top.