Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Suck At This Challenge Thing

Sorry, friends and neighbors. I know you all anxiously await my ramblings every day, but I've come up short on many occasions. In my defense, I had to move snow last night. That was a good time. I shouldn't complain too much, though, because it's paying the bills. Bills. I remember when I didn't have any of those and I was making $300 a week waiting tables. 16 year old boy + $$ = dumb. Those were the days.

I'm starting to get tired, but I don't feel like going to bed. I like to hoard my time. It's supposed to snow again Saturday night, so I want to spend as much time in my leather recliner as possible before then. 

I just remembered I didn't get a chance to run a "regular" feature of my blog on Friday. It's called: A Piece Of Farm Equipment I Think It Would Be Neat To Have. I think that's what it's called, anyway.

This is a Geringhoff corn head. What's so special, you ask? These are chopping corn heads, which means they destroy the corn stalk as you pick corn. This eliminates a pass through the field for us, as we run a shredder after harvest/in the spring to do the same thing.

Here. This is what corn stalks look like when we get done picking with our corn head:

You can see that they stick up out of the ground pretty far. Now, this is what a field looks like after a Geringhoff head has picked corn:

Pretty cool, eh? I think it is. Like I said, it's really cool because it eliminates a pass through the field for us as we would have to come back after harvest and shred stalks down to this same length. It would also eliminate a piece of equipment (stalk shredder) and would save us fuel. The downside? They're expensive. I believe they're about $80,000 new. A John Deere 894 corn head like we have goes for $20-30,000. A shredder like we have goes for about $10,000. You'd have to save a lot of fuel to make up for it. Dad and I have talked about buying one but can't convince ourselves to do it. So, yeah, I think it would be neat to have. Not going to happen, though.


  1. With a name like Geringhoff, it's got to be good.

  2. Now out here on the prairie some would use the taller corn stalks to graze cattle and catch snow but that may not be a concern out there in Gods country.

  3. As someone who appreciates the lack of snow drifts along 34 because of the taller stalks, I agree. And as a cow, I also agree.