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rrlund

07-07-2014 06:48:32
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With 55 acres of first cutting hay still standing,I really didn't need this. You sure hate to complain about big rains in July,but I'm ready to just throw up my hands.
I suppose it could have been worse. There was a possible tornado on the south side of Grand Rapids with no watches or warnings.
The only damage I had was woman made. A guy up the road came pounding on the door at midnight and said somebody had run through a five strand fence and out in to a pasture with cattle in it. So I was out there in the worst of it fixing that good enough to keep cattle from running off. I've got to get out there and finish putting that back right.

I'm real glad now that I worked yesterday hauling bales off that one 20 acre field. I still have 84 in two other fields,but I don't think I'll dare go out there for a few days at least. The feedlots are a slop hole but I don't have anyplace to go with manure until I get that last hay cut. Those are some grassier stands and some manure spread thin won't hurt those. There'll only be one more cutting on those and there's time for the manure to settle down and decay some out there. Gawd! Farming is SO much fun sometimes.

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Dave H (MI)

07-07-2014 13:53:22
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
Gonna have to get one of those! We had rain overnight but I was not complaining. I sold the last of the square bale first cutting off the field late yesterday and I spread urea on some sickly corn early in the afternoon. So the rain does not have the same impact as it did a week ago. Only thing I wished I had done was checked on the local hay supply afore I sold it. I let it all go at $4 a bale and didn't give it a second thought that no-one dickered with me. Turns out I am the ONLY one locally with hay to sell and the feed stores are selling last years first cutting for $8 a bale. Oh well...they picked it all up on the field and I have enough money for a weeks vacation. I never even broke a sweat this year. Seems fair enough.

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fergienewbee

07-07-2014 11:02:41
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
We got wind and about 3/4" of rain. Corn is still standing so wind wasn't too bad. Lots of tree damage on Kalamazoo in Kentwood. Wyoming Mi. had a lot of closed roads around 54th St.

Larry



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rrlund

07-07-2014 12:49:44
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to fergienewbee, 07-07-2014 11:02:41  
Ya,they said it was a confirmed tornado down there around 54th. They didn't even get a warning.



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johnlobb

07-07-2014 10:22:07
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
Randy, my rain gauge looks just like yours! Mine used to nicely stick in the ground by the pond but the stupid dog got his lead tangled up in it and swmbo ripped on the lead and broke the plastic on the bottom that held the gauge up and now I'm going to have to do something like you did with bent nails or duct tape or wire or something! Grrrrr..



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JD Farmer

07-07-2014 11:15:33
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to johnlobb, 07-07-2014 10:22:07  
Funny you should mention that, as I will have the same problem with my gauge soon. The plastic bracket is rotting away. I may have to set a post and been up a few nails myself.



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JD Farmer

07-07-2014 09:19:57
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
Well I feel for you guys up there. That much rain this time of year is just too much, trying to make hay between mud holes is no fun.
We have had it pretty nice down here in SE Ohio. Even so I fought the tuff hay all weekend to the point I wondered why I was even trying. Sun totally went away after noon yesterday, even sprinkled a few drops, but I didn't give up. The second cutting hay was completely cured out and ready to bale, so at the last minute we manage to get it baled and then stacked it all on edge crisscross with fans going and on all my wagons and trailers. We have a nice breeze this morning and no humidity, and it seems to be drying out very nicely.
The good news is we saved all the leaves and it's real pretty right now. Bales are loose and will be on the light side, but that's better than junk hay.

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Keith Molden

07-07-2014 12:55:43
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to JD Farmer, 07-07-2014 09:19:57  
Hey JD, We got 420 square bales done this past Saturday. Thank Goodness it's all in the building and that's the end of first cutting. The way we've had to cut this year, second will be starting to be ready in some of the fields in a couple of weeks. But by doing it in small bunches and with luck nothing got wet before we got it baled. Now all I have to do is get it sold before 2nd cutting so I have someplace to put it. I know I've asked you before but my memory is getting pretty short, where are you located? Keith

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IHRedRules

07-07-2014 08:46:05
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
5.5 inches at my house! Went into the garage this morning and found some 2x4"s parked under the truck. I sure don"t remember putting them there! :)



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rrlund

07-07-2014 08:52:03
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to IHRedRules, 07-07-2014 08:46:05  
I'm downhill from you and Ray. I hope there's something between here and there to stop the runoff if you guys got twice what I did. lol
Blich of it is,we've got another chance tonight for more.



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IHRedRules

07-07-2014 11:41:50
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 08:52:03  
The only positive if it rains tonight is that my blow sand will be dry and ready for a small shower. Another 5.5 inches though and I'll be swimming.



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jennifer408

07-07-2014 08:42:27
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
well like grandma used to say, sometimes ya gotta take the bad with the terrible.



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davpal

07-07-2014 08:34:10
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
4.5 inches over by Ashley. We are truly in hell. Lot of water everywhere. Went from looking ok around here the last few days to being completely ruined for a bunch of us. Makes a guy wonder why we live in this hell hole. The place is telling us it wants to go back to being the swamp and lake that it was before.



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rrlund

07-07-2014 08:43:27
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to davpal, 07-07-2014 08:34:10  
According to a post down below the Chinese are buying farms. I asked for a phone number. Maybe we can sell them some of this swamp land and go where it's more civilized.
To heck with exporting liberalism,just sell them a farm,that'll take the wind out of their sails!



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Donald Lehman

07-07-2014 08:13:56
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
Well, Marc ran an old barn cleaner paddle through the left rear tire on the 1850 last night. Might as well have the tire guys fix the flats on the dump trailor while they are here. BOTH inside duals are flat. That makes 3 visits for the tire guys in three weeks.



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LA in WI

07-07-2014 07:07:03
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  

Ray,
I dunno, but if you get more rain and that gauge gets heavier you might consider pounding in more nails to hold it up...might need even bigger nails!
LA in WI



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RayP(MI)

07-07-2014 07:04:05
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 06:48:32  
5 1/2 inches in a couple hours overnight. Roads flooded, potholes in fields flooded. A dry swamp overflowing. Septic system flowed backwards sending gasses back through trap in bathtub. Never had that one happen before.
Guess I won"t be cutting hay this morning!



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Doug Cotton

07-07-2014 08:36:27
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to RayP(MI), 07-07-2014 07:04:05  
Where in Michigan Ray? Kalkaska only got .3 last night. Could have used a little more, but no where near 5.5".



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rrlund

07-07-2014 09:15:52
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to Doug Cotton, 07-07-2014 08:36:27  
Ray and IHRed are in northern Montcalm County,I'm in southern Montcalm.



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Doug Cotton

07-07-2014 10:09:56
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to rrlund, 07-07-2014 09:15:52  
Wow!! I feel for you guys. Wilbur Ellis was just here out of Edmore and driver said same thing.



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rrlund

07-07-2014 10:23:16
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 Re: Really didn't need that in reply to Doug Cotton, 07-07-2014 10:09:56  
I guess we have to look on the bright side,no wind damage.



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