Archive for the “Farm activity” Category

Last Summer I was lucky enough to get a decent photo of the Cat and Dog sitting on a Hay Bale looking out across the farm fields. It’s a rare day when the critters pose so nicely like they did sitting on the bale out in the Hay field.

This has to be one of my favorite photographs so I picked it for a Canvas Print from Cafepress.

Here’s the print fresh out of the package. It was nicely protected in the box. An inner cardboard protected and separated the foam bagged canvas from the outer box.

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print

Here is the canvas print under a couple of 8 1/2 x 11 photo prints I had printed earlier.

Cat and Dog Canvas Print and Photo Prints

Cat and Dog on a Hay Bale Canvas Print and Photo Prints

I’m happy with he way it turned out the colors and detail came out looking like the paper prints I had. The canvas looks good even with the fairly smooth finish, possibly from the UV coating. The framing, and packaging were all done nicely. It proudly hangs on my wall.

Since it turned out so well I have added Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Canvas Wall Art prints of the photo to my Photography By Kent Lorentzen  Cafepress shop.

Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Wall Art Canvas Art

Cat and Dog on Hay Bale Wall Art Canvas Art

The photo is also available on many more products, such as greeting cards, framed tiles, and gifts.

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A short time ago several truckloads of partly composted cow manure were delivered by a neighbor. Yesterday proved to be a good day to turn and pile the compost. I got the TD-6 international crawler tractor running for the first time this year and got the job done. Took some video of the compost being turned:

After turning a few more times, this should be some great compost to spread in the fall for next years market garden crops.

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The potatoes are coming along nicely and it was time to hill them. Got the tractor set up and did that yesterday.

Here’s a short video of the hilling:

The Allis Chalmers model G tractor was made for truck farming and works good for a small potato patch. This tractor was made in 1950 and has 4 forward speeds. Special low lets you creep along and road gear lets you cruise at 7 mph. It’s powered by a 4 cylinder flat head Continental, 62 cubic inch engine. This was rated at 10 hp in it’s Nebraska tractor test.

Dirt is mounded up around the potato plants so the spuds won’t poke out of the ground as they grow, and turn green from the sun. It’s also a chance to bury some weeds.

The spud plants in the video are red ones, the russet spud plants aren’t quite as big, yet.

Did you see Raven getting into the action? She really loves to run!

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It’s a late spring and all the planting has been delayed. Tuesday I cut potatoes and Thursday I got them planted. Put in about an acre, divided between Gold Rush russets, Yukon Gold, and Red Norlands.

Took some video when I was cutting spuds… And this is my first video posted to the web:

I kept it short on purpose so it wouldn’t take too long to load on dial-up internet. Okay… I have to admit… The clip of cutting is speeded up a tiny bit to shorten the clip.

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The tractor that was split is back together and looking good!

Here are pictures from before, during, and after. You can click on a picture for a larger view:

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Tractor looking good!

It took some time to round up parts and find a day to put the pieces back together. John and I spent about a day putting on the new parts and getting everything ready for putting the two halves back together.

Once everything was ready it only took about 20 minutes to roll the back half of the tractor up to the front half and get the bolts in. I did take video of putting the halves together. Now I’ll have to learn how to edit it and post it sometime.

After getting the halves bolted together it took the rest of the morning to finish putting on more stuff and connecting up all the things that were disconnected. After lunch we got the fuel lines hooked up, connected the battery and got it started. It’s always nice to hear it run again.

There were some adjustments to make plus a few more odds and ends to take care of, like put the hood back on. It was looking a lot better by the time ‘Mom and kids’ got home.

Kyle sits on the tractor and is ready to go while sister and mom look on. He was real happy to see the tractor all together.

After getting the tractor back together.

Over the next couple of weeks John ordered a new seat and repainted the hood and fenders after cleaning things up and giving it a pressure wash.

Oh Boy! Doesn’t the new seat, new paint, and wash job make the tractor look spiffy?

Tractor looks spiffy!

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I helped a neighbor split a tractor yesterday. The clutch was bad and in order to be able to repair it, the tractor needed to be split right behind the motor. The first picture is a before shot, with the hood removed, but not much else.

You can click on the pictures for a larger view.

On this side we needed to remove the air cleaner, exhaust pipe and muffler, oil filter bracket and filter, throttle linkage, fuel shut-off linkage and a few wires. Underneath the tractor, the shields and drive shaft for the front wheels needs to be disconnected and removed.

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John is just getting started figuring out what all has to be disconnected. We didn’t have a book or manual so had to figure things out as we went along. The air filter is sitting on top of the fuel tank at the front of the tractor.

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Moving on, the tractor’s still in one piece with some stuff disconnected. On the left side, we needed to disconnect the steering arm, remove the starter, battery, oil cooler, and disconnect some hydraulic pipes.

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Close up of where the split is going to happen. A jack is under the front half. It will be split right in the middle of the picture with back half on the left side and the motor and front half on the right side of the picture.

Now to get the hoist into position and support the back half. Then we’ll be ready to remove the last few bolts and split the tractor.

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The tractor is split. The back half of the tractor is hanging from the hoist. The area right above the bucket shows the shafts going into the transmission where two clutch bearing are located. One bearing for the transmission clutch and one for the PTO. (Power Take Off – that’s a shaft that comes out the back of the tractor that can provide power to equipment the tractor pulls.)

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The back of the tractor where the bearings have to come out of, on the left side of the picture. The motor and front of the tractor is on the right side. The clutch is on the back of the motor.

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Front of the tractor. You can see the clutch on the back of it. The back of the tractor is on the right side of the picture. You can see it hanging from the chain.

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The tractor after it’s been split with the back half hanging from the hoist. There’s room enough in the middle to easily work between the front and back parts.

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The clutch parts are off of the motor. the disk on the floor under the front half needs to be replaced.

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I stepped out the door Friday morning and snapped a few pictures just before sunrise of the moon and a star in the sky.

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Shortly after that, a neighbor stopped and picked me up for a trip out towards the Red river valley.  He had bought a tractor and was going to pick it up, asked if I’d like to ride along.  It was a nice change of pace and a good trip, I hadn’t been that way in quite a while.

Seems kinda strange bypassing Bemidji on the new highway and not going by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox.

We came back a different route and passed by Itasca state park, where the headwaters of the Mississippi river is.  Crossed a bridge near there where the river isn’t much more than a creek in size, quite a bit smaller than where it flows by my house.

Got home just before sunset.

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Spent all day Tuesday sitting on the tractor getting more ground turned over.  I did finish what I wanted to get done.  It was a good thing.  It’s been cold enough to freeze the ground since then.

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Worked a bit this morning on a ‘Rivers and Streams‘ group I’m moderating at RedBubble.  A new experience, haven’t moderated a group before.

Ground hasn’t frozen yet so did some more plowing.  Have a few hours left to finish the field.  Probably won’t freeze much tonight.  Should be okay yet tomorrow.

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