As the season got later, the beans were still sitting there on the field. Nothing new here, it always seems like my field is taking forever to get the beans off. They finally came off on October 8, and the deal was that the field would be worked up so my drill could go right in. Unfortunately, the communication got screwed up and the field was chisel plowed. This created a pretty serious mess for me. Now there were chunks of hard soil the size of my front tractor tires all over this field, and no way my 35 hp International could break them up. Aaaaargh! It would have been better had the field not been chisel plowed at all.
Soooooo...I took a deep breath, filled the seed hopper on my 75 year old Van Brunt seed drill that I have never used before, and started sowing wheat at the West headland. I was pretty dumbfounded when I looked back and saw seed dribbling into all of the tubes, and even more dumbfounded when I hopped off the tractor and could see that the seeds were getting covered.
It was not a perfect job. In the low spots where it was still too wet, the tractor tire would compress the soil so hard that the shoe could not press into the ground anymore. The seed was just sitting on the ground. But overall the rig was working, and I decided the best option was just to keep working.
Joe had to leave at 1:30, after working up three acres. I finished sowing the 3 acres by 2:30, then I hopped on the disc and worked up another 2 acres. This took the predicted two hours, but this ground was a little higher and I think it worked up better. I was slowed up by hopping off constantly to pick rocks, but it was a pleasure to use Joe's rig. This tractor has a synchromesh transmission, which was like butter to shift. I did most of the work in 4th gear, and some of the finish work in 5th.
The last two acres was harder on the 330 for some reason--the soft soil made the drill pull harder, and steam would come off the engine if I stayed in 4th gear. So I had to lug around in 3rd, which cramped my style.
|Seed not getting covered in wet ground behind the tractor tires. I walked the field and I'm pretty confident that there will be a good stand. However, I'll feel a lot better once I see some wheat up and growing.|
|The drill did not have those little chains to help close the furrow, so I dragged this piece of fence around all day. It worked great where the soil was well prepared, and did nothing where it was still wet and cloddy.|