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Well here are just few more pics, all the fall work pictures I have from the last few years. We harvest in late July through early September and when the harvest is done we get to work getting ready to seed winter wheat, which is planted late Sept/early Oct. the past few years we have also grown winter lentils and peas which we no-till in med september, after seeding and we have some good rains we do tillage on the wheat stubble that will be spring crops.
First photo is what little fall colors we have here. Most trees are pine and fir so mostly only the brush turns color.



I always liked the look of a moldboarded field.



First things first, chisel plowing pea stubble to plant wheat on. We usually no-till fall crops but we had the tallest pea crop anybody has seen in 30 years so had to do some tillage.



We harrowed it down before seeding, different field of lentil straw, we just harrowed to spread residue.



Time to seed. If anybody wants to know about our seeding and fertilizer rates let me know.



The drill falls off the hill some here.



There was still some straw piles left when I seeded so I had a pitchfork with me and spread some.



Then we seeded wheat on Canola stubble, the ground was chisel plowed, then disked in front of the drill.



The D6C and chisel were parked at the edge so when I stopped for seed I thought this would make an interesting picture.



73' D4D and 74' D6C



On around the field



Up a gentle hill.



This field slopes into the canyon



out the back



69' and 79' chevy 2 ton seed and fertilizer trucks



We seeded some winter peas 2 years ago with our neighbors no-till drill to get into the hard dry ground.



Okay thats it for seeding. Next.. tillage, first is our old method, moldboard plowing. It is still the most popular in our area, but we wanted to be compliant with a conservation program so we haven't plowed for 2 years.
The D6C and an 8 bottom plow, this cat could pull a much bigger plow but we have been phasing out plowing so there was need for a bigger one. Many people have bashed the moldboard plow for erosion, however in our area it isn't any worse than chiseling if done correctly. We didn't use trash turners on our plows and plowed when the ground was fairly dry to reduce compaction, we also plowed uphill and inside out to reverse previous tillage erosion.



enough straw left to plug the cultivator the following spring.



a little bit more moisture here





we have chisel plowed spring wheat stubble for years with our JD chisel plow but winter wheat stubble has proved challenging because of heavy residue so we tried a different method, we rolled the stubble flat and chiseled shallow and fast with narrow points on our old glencoe chisel plow.

rolling





Chiseling with glencoe



This was the first chisel plow in our country brought to our farm in 1970



On to our normal chiseling



the suns almost up, time to get to work







time for a little diesel and grease



headed across a hillside



on big flat field





On a warm sunny day after chiseling, we harrow to smooth the ridges out so we can spray weeds and volunteer out, this harrow is 50ft wide and has stiff harrows followed by flex harrows.





it gets pretty dusty harrowing and it is wide so driving straight gets difficult I did okay here though.



spraying out the volunteer and weeds off a chiseled field on a chilly October day.



we also do some disking in the fall, we used this offset for some ground



we use the tandem for a finishing disk and here it is disking a firebreak in harvest





the last pics are spraying herbicides on winter lentils









here is a photo showing moldboard on the left and chiseled on the right
in the spring the moldboard ground worked up with two cultivator passes and was a good seedbed, the chiseled took 4 passes and still had straw, weeds, and mud.



finally from November to April the fields looked like this.



Enjoy!! I have tons of pics of snow scenes if anyone wants to see them, I will post spring work pics later.
 

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Very Nice pictures!!!!!!!! Love to see the Cats in action, some nice turf ya got out there! More pics you say,, hmmm yup post away, and thanks!
 

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Would you mind saying how many acers you farm? Sure looks like fine country.
 

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Thanks for the pics! Very interesting to someone like me who thinks his inlaws 40 acres was big! :thThumbsU
 

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Fantastic photos. Now there is another state I want to visit sometime. Thanks for the pictures. Gotta love the CAT dozers. Take care...
 

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Thanks for the wonderful photos! I love them. You really should sell them to try and keep a little money flowing for the upkeep of all that great equipment.

I was wondering the same thing as Yazooman, how well do the undercarriages hold up on the Cats? I've always been told, around here, that tramming equipment is harder on it than working it really hard. Obivously, tramming is what you do. Are they stock undercarriages, or are they built for "tramming" work?

Just wondering.
 

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Thanks everybody.

The undercarriages were faster at higher operating speeds so yes when we work at 5+mph it will wear faster than at dozing speeds. But with that said major work is only needed every 5,000 hours or so.

Tires on wheel tractors won't last that long, and man those things are expensive.
 

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I had no idea that they would last that long. That's amazing. To hear people around here talk about undercarriages, it's a wonder that they run at all.

Thanks for the info and the great pics.
 

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Thanks for the fantastic pics. Keep them coming.
 

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Awesome! That's about as close to a farm as I've ever been. Very informative. Thanks again! :thThumbsU
 
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