Keystone Krops

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Did you say Cat? Now I'm jealous.
    Becoming one of my neighbors is your choice. Not to boast, but taking care of my neighbors first is a top priority with me. My motto is "the way to have good neighbors; make sure that each one of my neighbors owes me a favor at all times"
    An oak savanna in the east is an interesting concept that bears more studying
     
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    Any equipment with a Cummins diesel is automatically worth a good bit more. One of the best engines ever built.
    I can't imagine you without the case dozer. I still have images stuck in my brain from you pushing down the big oak tree :)
     
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    I like making a few mountains of brush every year. The rabbit population instantly increases when I have lots of brushpiles.
     
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    If you’re talking about that first video that was a long ago as a brand new operator on my own property then I understand your :) face...I work it 3-4 times a week for the past 2 years and it’s a whole different deal now...

    That’s a 60’ x 220’ pad I built out of a mountainside using only the material that was already there after also clearing it of all the trees. There is a warehouse on it now...[​IMG]


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    Another absolutely flat pad I built out of what was already in place for a big shop addition...

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    An old demolition of house and 2 barns...

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    And a clean up job where I was asked to come in behind not one but 2 other operators. This first picture is after both operators left...

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    This is what it looked like when I left...

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    I wasn't making fun of the video, I enjoyed it. Big trees come out hard, especially hardwoods...
     
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    Nice but my rule is never get rid of guns, equipment, or women. One never knows when their need will resurface.
     
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    Riding into the sunset on 4-20-22.
    This is the first time that I ever planted corn with snow on the ground (a roof edge snowdrift from an earlier storm)[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Do you get treated seed, or has your soil warmed up enough to go?


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    Our weather has really warmed up this week, average highs in the mid 60's, today it was 77, which follows our yearly weather patterns. I know my soils and keep records of planting dates, and always plant corn more by the calendar than by current temperatures. If it's unseasonably warm in early April it's still a bad idea to plant corn, because it could still freeze, and if it's unseasonably cold in mid April like this year it's not a good idea to wait, because the last week always warms up drastically.
    I plant ridgetop fields in shale soils in an area that generally has dryer summers, and the main key to getting a good corn crop is to plant early and get the soil well covered and shaded before it gets dry in July, which helps the drought tolerance in a big way. We always seem to get just enough periodic thunderstorms to get a decent crop if it's put out early, but late corn plantings usually fail.
    I have started buying seed from Seed Genetics Direct, a new seed company that works kind of like a buyers club, better seed for cheaper prices. It's herbicide tolerant, but I don't think that it's coated seed. [​IMG]
     
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    Elizas Choice crabapple in full bloom. [​IMG]
     
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    Looking good MM. My Eliza's look very similar to yours. In fact, it looks like a bumper crop of nearly everything here this year - except for the pears in my frost pocket of course......
     
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    PA is starting to come around on fire. There is a PA fire council. I'd suggest reaching out to them, to see if there's interest in helping you burn. Somehow I got on their email list. I can't remember if it was an accident, or on purpose.

    https://paprescribedfire.org/
     
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    I’m a few weeks behind you.
     

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    The corn emerged in 10 days even though its been unseasonably cold here, this picture is today, 16 days after planting. We had a steady rain all day, probably 1.5 inches and still coming down.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    That is some rough looking topsoil you got there fella.
     
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    No, I'm zoomed in which makes those little shale chips look like rocks. That gravel is no bigger than 1.5" and rain washes them clean, making it look worse than it is.
     
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    Take another gander at our PA dirt! This is the same field as the prior picture, but a better representation of our dirt without all the gravel washed out on top. It's nice dirt but by category it's a poor soil type for row cropping simply because it has no binder in the composition of the soil, therefore its prone to erosion, making tillage on slopes a no no. I do mostly no-till, but on the flatter fields sometimes I like to loosen it up with a chisel plow.
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    4-20 corn planting is looking good on day 45.[​IMG]
     
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    I'm fixing up a few roads today, June 4th and we are already in a mini-drought, the dust is flying and slopholes are drying up.

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    That looks great! Have you been back to take a peak at your oats in clover? I wonder how that's coming along.
     

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