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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Farm Toy

This needed to go all over...

this (well not the water parts, just the green parts)...

and up here and out on the front pastures, (but I don't have that picture)

So Mr. Vick, aka Dirt, bought this orange item a couple of weekends ago so we could begin remineralizing our pastures, Woohoo and thank you Craig's List again!

In effort to provide his daughters with some good clean entertainment and to keep them off drugs, Mr. Vick perused good old Craig's List for a hopper type broadcast seeder/fertilizer.

Then low and behold he found one. A fellow had it for sale brand new, never used. Why? Because he backed over it at a local feed store and then had to buy it 'cause he dented it. So lucky for us we got a new broadcast seeder for an awesome price and an extra bonus to boot!

What was the extra bonus you ask Dear Reader? Why the fact that it was pre-dented of course. Takes off lots-o pressure!

We were all excited to get to work and become one step closer to being "real" farmers. But then it rained and rained and rained some more.

'Til this last Sunday, when the clouds finally parted and Dirt was able to show the girls how to get 'er done.

And away they went, Bet girled the tractor (like manned the tractor, only, it is but she ain't)
and Anna drove the supply truck. Good girl Anna, don't drive over Daddy, and yes, she is in there. (Last post was all about Anna so don't feel to bad for her)

This spinny auger thing keeps the fertilizer, in this case Sea-90 a remineralizing fertilizer that we mixed with lime, loose and feeding through the metered hole to be whirled and flung out on to the pasture. But because of the moisture in the air the Sea-90 still got sticky and the auger needed some help from time to time.

Can you see the stuff being flung?

Here, maybe you can see it better in this picture?
The far back pastures, in the pictures on today's post, are fairly new and not as needed of remineralizing as the front pastures. All the pastures get manure spread on them but we neglected liming the last couple of years (and it showed) and have never bothered to look into the whole remineralizing thing until this year.

All this and more treatments in the spring ought to make these some real stand up fields, we'll see a difference we sure.

Well the girls whistled through that job on Sunday and then on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while I was down doing my civic duty, and glad to do it, they did the rest of the field's themselves.

All in a day's work, or a couple of days as the case may be. Just some hard work done by some hard working girls trained by two hard working men, their Dad and Dale. Thanks guys.


Mildred said...

That's an awesome find on craigslist Lanny! It's nice to see the pictures of the fields and how it works.

LindaSueBuhl said...

We are big believers in Craigslist - sold 15 goats without having to pay a cent for advertising! Nifty pre dented very useful (and looks a little like fun too) tool for the Vick farm! Woo Hoo indeed!

Daisy said...

Congratulations on the new toy for your family, Lanny. I laughed out loud at the bonus of "the fact that it was pre-dented of course. Takes off lots-o pressure!" HA HA HA! I like the way you think. :D

Susie said...

How nice to find a great deal Lanny. You know I've never checked for anything on Craigslist. Maybe I better see what I've been missing.

Enjoyed the pics. You live in such a beautiful place.

A. Joy said...

Cool Spreader / mineralizer! Wow, a guy backed over it and had to buy it? Thank goodness for Craigslist - he might have had to stick it out front of his place and plant flowers in it! Glad to hear you're keeping the girls off drugs - fertilizer is way better anyway! =)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Looks like they're doing a grand job. I love the new farm toy.

CJ xx

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Lanny: Those were really fun photos of the tractor and the drivers.