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Re: PIcture for Today

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04-19-2013 05:47:05

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BTDT, except we had a team of horses. When Dad told them to go, the horses knew just how far to move ahead. Had a bit of a problem trying to keep Prince from grabbing an ear of corn as he moved along to the next stop.

Picking by hand was hard on cotton gloves; we didn't have enough money to buy leather gloves for all of us. My oldest brother had a device to fasten on his hand and wrist to aid in snapping the ears off but I never got to use it.

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04-19-2013 07:36:02

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 Re: PIcture for Today in reply to Dick2, 04-19-2013 05:47:05  
Have a chain mail thumb sort of deal hanging in the shop, and have a leather strap with a flat metal pointed hook on it, never used them, but they were for harvesting corn.

It's something to look back, at how much corn grandpa musta harvested off this place in a year, with 1/2 the farm in hay meadow, a lot of small grains, probably not many acres of corn, and before hybrids and fertilizer use.

Then dad getting drainage in, but still doing a good amount of small grains and beans, limiting his corn acres to about what fit in the crib, with hybrids.

And now me, adding more tile, and just a handful of acres of small grains, and finding corn on corn out yields soybeans, I'm up to 2/3 corn on this farm.

Wonder if grandpa got 5-6 small wagon loads in his day, and I get 23,000 or more bushels off more or less the same farm.....


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04-19-2013 09:49:34

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 Re: PIcture for Today in reply to Paul, 04-19-2013 07:36:02  
Hi Paul,

I estimated the volume of the box on that wagon to be 144 cu ft (9x4x4) which is probably close enough for a calculation that doesn't make any difference. 23,000 bushels would be 199 wagon loads of that size. Different times.


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John in La

04-19-2013 19:36:46

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 Re: PIcture for Today in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 04-19-2013 09:49:34  
While it really does not matter I think your calculations may be off a little Stan.
You are figuring shelled corn to shelled corn.

Paul is most likely talking shelled corn and that guy in the picture would have hauled ear corn out of the field.

That would make it more like 398 loads because the cob would have doubled the space needed.

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