A Time to Sow Apparently...
Its been said that there is a time to sow, and a time to reap, and as a farmer you better know when to do either. Well this week I had a chance to drive Big Blue around some of my fields as the boys did a little crop rotation, that is turning a corn field into a hayfield. They do this every 5-10 years which is better for the soil. Normally in the spring of the year its all out chaos to get the corn seed in the ground, but this time of year things were a bit slower so I got a shot at it.
It's a pretty big tractor, 400 HP and spends 90% of its life dragging a 33 foot disc harrow. It doesn't sound big, but it covers some serious ground in the end. It also does so very efficiently at about 3/4 of a gallon burned per acre. Its also pretty easy to drive, a seat that is more plush then my recliner and its turned slightly so you don't need to crank your head over your shoulder to look back, or straight ahead. As for creature comforts...its not lacking on anything. You could snap on the GPS if you decided steering should be left up to satellites and microchips and of course has power-shift so you can always find the right gear. It's definitely a nice little tractor and effortless to drive. Last year we timed one of the kids on the farm, and the ten year old knocked out a 7 acre field in 25 minutes.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"