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  1. Day 1 of Late Summer

    I couldn’t make myself sleep late so I decided to make breakfast for my bride and serve her in bed, she appreciated it and it was nice to sit around and talk for a bit in the morning. I went the extra step and cleaned up once I was done. Off to the shop for coffee and chit-chat. When I arrived, I was pleased to see that my field service trailer has arrived… it’s green and yellow. While I was looking at it the boy appeared from, somewhere. He told me we would be using this today that I should meet him at the grass equipment shed when I was finished with my coffee. He said a lot more words, but I think that’s what he meant.

    When I arrived with the trailer in tow, the boy had all the equipment pulled out ready for service. I noticed that he put the wheel weights back on the Massey, I’m sure he didn’t see me trying to drive that monster around after he left last night. I’m glad he made the switch, I told him as much but remarked that it fit through the gates much better. He had a grin on his face that told me he knew better than that.

    hayTools41.thumb.jpg.aa5aa4a6e497bd7524c1a5ef40a63057.jpgWe spent the late morning and early afternoon prepping the equipment and he informed me of the plan. He told me after the rain stopped to feed the animals and get some rest, that we would be mowing in the very early morning. Um, it didn’t look like rain to me. He told me we would make silage bales early in the day and once the sun dried out the rest of the grass we would turn it, let dry and then bail it. He hoped to get everything put up by evening, but it was going to be a nice sunny couple of days so he wasn’t too worried. It started to rain.

    The rain wasn’t too bad and I did as he said, the girls and the pigs were well fed and watered when I headed home for some rest.
     

  2. Jim Estep ( Scoops )
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    I will, get this where to post stuff down...one of these days....don't laugh....you will be old one of these days...lol....here is the new intro video for PCSG

     

     

     

  3. Day 9 of autumn started with a pleasant surprise.  The two fields that I had double-cropped with soybeans in mid-summer are ready for harvest.  It was sunny with seven straight days of sunshine in the forecast.  I must be living right because it seems like they were only in stage three of growth the day before but maybe I just missed the fourth stage.  It took three days to harvest 186,000 more liters of soybeans but the price was about $900/1000 liters so I sold them as I harvested them until the price dropped under $750.  I hired workers to prep and plant my fields for the winter crop.  I planted 18ha of canola in one field and a second slightly smaller field with wheat.  The largest 43ha field I planted roughly equal amounts of rye, oats, millet, triticale, and spelt.  There is a little over 8ha of each to be able to diversify my grain stores in the spring.  I prepped the last field but did not plant it as I hope to plant sunflowers in the spring and sunflowers need to be planted before these would be ready to harvest in early summer.

    Day 16 came with a great demand for wheat so I sold off half of my stores as well as some of the barley at a decent price.  The bank account was in good shape just in time for a sale price on sheep.  The list price was for $3079 each but when I actually tried to buy some I was charged $3080 each.  It was not a big deal but just a little odd.  I bought 50 more sheep and now the animal count is up to 50 cows and 100 sheep.  I figure that I am now committed to this map through at least the end of spring because what is the point of feeding all of these sheep without getting the wool.

    I was a little concerned about finishing all of my field work so early but the forecast is now seven straight days of rain so I am glad that it is done.

  4. Jack
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    Rats.  Figuratively and literally.

    Went to do a routine inspection of my grain storage pit and withdrew in horror.  Evidently the sump pump long gave up the ghost, and there was about 3 feet of black, smelly water down there.  The grain dregs provided a lovely spawning place for the ugliest mold you've ever seen, and the local rats found it absolutely yummy.  I counted 5 of the little buggers in my brief inspection.  Basically, the entire grain collection system is a total loss.  i didn't even attempt to go upstairs to inspect the storage partitions.  Why bother.

    So, may I introduce to you, in the photo below, my 30,000 Euro expenditure for a lovely grain bin.  It holds 200K, but of only one type of grain. Kind of wished I inspected it before I went out and planted three different crops.  I'm going to either have to sell them as I harvest or dump them in the shed and manually load them out before winter hits.  Might be cheaper to purchase two more bins instead of grabbing a telehandler...at least I can share the augers between them. Speaking of....the augers are a special order, and the nice chap at the shop (Paddy...at least his name isn't Ian) promised to have them to me before harvest time.  Farming i$ lot$ of laugh$.

    At least I'm all seeded up.  Germination has occurred in two of the fields, so I must be doing something right.  Just hit everything with round 2 of fertilization.  Going to hit the store and grab a weeder soon.  I'm up to 15 sheep--a neighbor had a small population explosion and sold me a few really cheap.  Not baaaaaad.  Sorry.

    I now have plenty of hay, so the first field that I cut I turned over with the plow and will be planting grass.  Ian the father tells me that I might get a really good cut out of it this autumn, as the existing hay fields are kind of worn out.  I think I'm going to try to shoot for 50 sheep by summertime, as I will have more than enough hay to get them through the winter.  Cows will happen next year if I manage to get good prices for harvest.  Then again, I can always borrow from the bank--Ian says I'm not a real farmer until I have debt service up to my chin.

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  5. We have been ploughing more fields and transporting manure form a farmer down the road ready to fertilise the fields, we do not have much muck atm so I did a deal with farmer Oppsadaisy where we get all the muck we want in exchange for ploughing some of his fileds that he has not got to yet.

    The second delivery of lambs arrived yesterday which means that the boss is very happy and busy looking after them as well as trying to source some ladies to knitt the next seasons wool into her designer knittware.

  6. ...and connected the shower as the aroma was getting a little ripe in the house MinionEvilRun

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    Day Two

     

                          On the second day spring, I awoke to a torrential down pour again.  The temperature was a chilly 41*F which really makes you think twice about rolling out of bed.  There were commitments  made to people who look to you for many different things.  I rolled out of bed and headed for the kitchen for some coffee and maybe a little breakfast.  I was reading the morning paper when I heard a truck approaching the farm house.

                         I set the paper down, rose and walked to front porch.  As I reached the front steps of the porch a elderly gentleman had his hand stuck and stating his name was John Darling and he owned the farm towards the north. Introductions complete,  I offered him some coffee.  Declining,  Mr Darling went straight to point.  I am getting old he said. I have no family  to leave this little  bit land I have.  Not wanting to see the land sold for a mall or a beauty shop, he had a deal for me.  

                        Hearing Mr. Darling offer I was a bit confused as to why he came to see me. Stating he once had the same offer when he  was  a young farmer.  The deal was I would take possession of the farm land with two heads of cattle(one heifer,one bull), some buildings and a milking area.  The cost of this would be that I maintain the land and buildings till the time of my retirement, at that time I will find a local young farmer beginning his journey into farming.  I shook the mans hand, promising to pay forward the offer at the end of my time.

                        The rain not letting up, the wind still howling I knew work still had to be done.  Saying good bye to Mr. Darling as he headed for his truck I was heading for mine.  Backing out of the driveway and heading towards the garage, I noticed that the fields are holding up to all this rain.  Pulling up to were the New Holland 8340 is stored, parked the truck under the shed.  For being an older tractor the 8340 fired up on the first  turn of turn of the key.

                       Pulling out of the shed i noticed how horrendous the yard was becoming.  The rain, if doesn't stop soon I will have to  some major work when the yard does dry out.  I backed the tractor and attached a flat bed to haul some bales.  Normally I would not haul let alone drive in this type of weather  but I now have cattle to care for. Arriving at the store  the weather was easing up and I was able to load the bales, cover them and head to the new dairy farm.  By the time I arrived the sun was out,  the ground will still need a few days to dry out.  Unloading the bales into the feed troughs and adding water the two cows should be good for a couple of days.

                   Coming up on lunch I decided to head for house for some food.  After finishing my meal I climb into my truck and heading to field 17.  When I arrived I found the T-6 New Holland with the fertilizer sprayer. Climb in and headed to the field.  Spent a few minutes setting up the GPS, which was much easier this time around.  Sitting back in the drivers seat I really was able to take in the beauty of the land.  Finished with fertilizing I head to the wash station to clean up and put the T-6 away.  Looking at my watch I realized I have a lot of time left in the day. Time to seed I said to myself.

                 Finding the T-7 where I left it, I unhooked the plow and fired her up.Revving the engine I pulled forward the mud and headed to find the seeder. Backed in and attached , full of seeds I headed to the field to finishing the planting some wheat.  For some reason the GPS went awry, fixing this problem took longer than expected. Watched the sunset then the moon-rise from the cab of T-7.  Another long day is finished as I headed off the field to wash station. Cleaned up the tractor and put her away for the night, I was ready for supper and then off to bed.

                 I now have wheat planted, 2 cows and a plan on what to do next.  Field 18 of course, will be planted with some more wheat.  I am keeping a close eye on the cattle prices, will buy a hundred head when the price is right.  

    Well I am off to bed.

    Another boring video with no commentary, maybe one day I will be brave and talk.  LOL

     

      

     

     

  7. "Don't Feed The Trolls". Everyone has heard that phrase before. It is a undeniable if unpleasant fact that there are people who delight in disliking,trolling and occasionally bullying YouTube creators and Live streamers. This is what I like to call "the dark side of YouTube" It is a topic that no one who does "how to" videos about YouTube ever talks about. Having been a content creator for nearly four years, I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on this subject.

    Dislikes

    I never understood this particular "ranking" mechanic on YouTube, If you don't like a video don't watch it. It makes not one bit of difference to me if you don't like my videos, I make them firstly for me and for fun. Having said that, I do try to make videos people enjoy, but that is not my sole motivation. Instead of a dislike, I would rather see a comment telling me what it is you disliked. I may listen I may not, but at least you made the effort to tell me what you didn't like. At the end of the day a "like" and a "dislike" are the same thing, a view on the video. Thanks for watching.

    Trolls

    It is an unpleasant fact of life on the internet that there are people who derive pleasure from insulting and degrading your work. They have their own motivations, whether it be ignorance, jealousy, insecurity or just the fact that they think they are funny, clever and cool. I don't do well with trolls. I violate the "don't feed the trolls" suggestion constantly and nothing will send me off on a venom filled foul mouthed rant quicker than some idiot who thinks it's cool to tear down my work. I don't mind being called an idiot, in fact most of my channel is built around that very premise, but it is entirely a different matter to be vulgar and insulting. Woe to those who insult my friends as that is something I will NEVER stand for. Go get a life and find something else that makes you feel cool might I suggest jumping off a tall building while saying to your friends, "Hey look at me".... ;)

    Bullying

    This is the serious one. Threats, Racism, Sexism, ethnic slurs. Unfortunately , these are all a part of internet life. Thankfully YouTube and Twitch have very good filters that catch most of this stuff and I don't have to deal with it. There should be no tolerance for that sort of ignorance. None.

    Well BP you make YouTube sound SO Fun....

    It isn't all bad. It isn't even half bad. The great and supportive people FAR outweigh the ignorant on YouTube. People who will give you constructive feedback and suggestions on improvements because they believe that you are worth watching and they want to help you get better are far more common than the idiots. YouTube and Twitch are great platforms to share your passion about games and gaming with people who share that passion and a great place to make new friends and build a community. I only mention the bad stuff to make you aware that it is out there and that if you are overly sensitive content creation may not be for you. It's not fun to work hard on something, give it your best and than see it torn down by idiots. This is something that occasionally you will have to deal with. Don't let it get to you, don't let it dissuade you from sharing your passions. The good still outweighs the bad and remember "Don't Feed The Trolls" :)

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