Friday, December 24, 2010

Piglets



Yesterday (Dec. 23) one of our sows gave birth to piglets.




They are purebred Herefords






Today they were up and about. Baby pigs hit the ground running.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Storing Field Corn

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We use conveyors to move the corn into the corn crib.

Corn Picker

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The corn picker dropping the corn into the gravity box. Before I modified it the corn would drop towards the front, which meant I'd have to move it around with a shovel to fill the box.

Corn Picking Video

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Picking corn in early November

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December


Pigs enjoying the snow.


Our machine shed has most of the roof in place so we can get some of our equipment out of the weather.

Field Corn Harvest


The field corn was ready to harvest in early November.



We use a corn picker which picks and husks the corn.


I added a piece of roofing tin so the corn would drop in the center of the gravity box.




Unloading the corn onto a conveyor.


I'm moving the corn around to get as much as possible into another gravity box. We barely had room for all the corn.

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 2010


One of our tractors developed a leak in a coolant line.


To remove the line I had to take the sheet metal of the tractor.


To fix it I brazed over the area that was leaking.


The coolant line reinstalled and ready for a test drive. No leaks yet!


We are pouring a slab for our all season pig drinker.

The drinker won't freeze. This means we won't have to haul water when its -20 degrees out.


The last farmers market was the second week of October. Market starts again the first week of June.


One way to make a moldboard plow last longer is to weld old shares or moldboards to the parts that are wearing out. I patched our plow up to get it through the season, some places were starting to wear paper thin.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The end of September


Some of the winter squash harvest for this year.


Our oyster mushrooms have started fruiting.


Friday, September 24, 2010

September 20-26


Our walk in freezer is functional.


Some pork orders ready for pick up.




The field corn should be ready in a few weeks.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 6-12th


Unloading some wheat into the dump box.


Some of the potatoes ready to dig. The rest should be ready in a couple weeks.


Tilling up one of our fields. We planted sudan grass in part of it, there was to much residue for the harrow to handle. So I had to use the moldboard plow.


Looking backward.


Sometimes you dig up rocks. This probably weighed about 70 or 80 pounds and got jammed between the plow and the opener disc.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The First Week of September


We started combining our wheat yesterday, it looks like we'll have a good harvest this year.


Once in a while I find some unusual tomatoes, this one is probably due to a double blossom on the plant.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Last Week of August


Our Hereford hogs on pasture. They are more active in the morning and evening, during the day they just lay around.


We have automatic waterers for our pigs. Its a lot easier than hauling buckets of water.

Sorghum sudan (Sorghum bicolor) is a fast growing grass that we use as a cover crop. In some places the sudan grass is over six feet tall.


View from the tractor seat, disking in the sudan grass.


Looking backward, the disk does a nice job of knocking the grass down and chopping it up.


Ben holding some of our wine cap mushrooms which have just started fruiting.


Its not visible in this picture, but our field corn is just starting to dent (dry out).