Friday, January 7, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

Shay makes fun of me because I'm always looking forward to the next thing. Example - "He says 'I can't wait to get into the field and start planting'. Then he says 'I'm tired of planting. I wish we were cultivating.' Then it's on to 'I really hate irrigating. I wish it was harvest.' That leads into 'I wish harvest was over. I'm ready for winter.'"

She's right. I apparently have a short attention span.

And man, am I ever ready for spring. It's been 2 months since harvest ended. I'm getting bored. Of course, as I write this, 20-30 hours in the tractor are looming, as it looks like I'm going to be moving snow in the next couple of days. That's not much fun, though. I get a lot of tractor butt when moving snow (tractor butt is a condition that occurs when you sit in a tractor for many hours without moving. Basically, your butt starts hurting, along with your lower back and knees.)

I also want it to be spring so I can take some pictures and start this blog on the course I want to take it, which is some type of agriculture advocacy. So what if only a few people follow it? I like talking about ag and I like taking pictures of the equipment we have and the ground we farm.

So. Spring. Anytime you want to get here, that's just fine with me.

I'm starting something today that I might or might not remember to do every Friday. It's something I'd like to call:

A Piece of Farm Equipment I Think It Would Be Cool To Have

Or something like that. Help with the name is appreciated. Today's nominee is the John Deere 6030:
Yeah, it's old. I don't care. These things were the beast of the day. Deere produced them from 1972-1977. According to, they produced 175 PTO horsepower and 148 horsepower at the drawbar. This at a time when a 100 hp tractor was pretty good sized. Whoever owns this one moved the exhaust components, and I think they did a nice job. I would love to have one of these to drive in parades. Goosing the throttle would provide copious amounts of black smoke and a marvelous sound. It'd be fun to use in the field for about 10 minutes, I suppose. I'm used to cabs and air conditioners. Practical? Probably not for me. Cool as heck? Yes.


  1. Very nice my boy. That is a cool tractor, if you start driving something like that your going to get soft, now if you'll excuse me i have to go find a new ax handle.

  2. JJ! You can speak to me now! You need to start blogging too. Good luck finding that ax handle. They don't make them like they used to.

    Lisa - It's old in tractor years. Not people years.

  3. I dont know about a blog, some things are best left to the professionals, maybe i will just stick to adding clever commets to yours and perhaps if your lucky when you start blogging about agriculture i can add agronomic insight.