Monthly Archives: July 2011

Time.

24 hrs in a day.

60 minutes in a hour.

60 seconds in a minute,

1440 minutes in 24 hours

3600 seconds in an hour.

86400 seconds in 24 hours.

Time.

365 days a year.  (unless your Dir Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, then there is 364 see her comments here)

7 days a week

52 weeks a year (yea 7 X 52 is 364, who knew the DHS was so smart?)

Time.

There is never time to do it right but there is always time to do it over.

We waste time by burning daylight and try to make up time by burning the midnight oil.

Time.

Whos got time, I’ll make time, you got the time, when I get time, what time is it, time for a change, tying to make up time, killing time, time and time again, is it time, time time time is on my side, if I had time, the time goes by, our time is gone, where did the time go, time has expired and I have run out of time.

Time.

Wow, that post just wasted 10 minutes I will never get back.

 

 

I seems that we are bombarded with experts at every turn anymore.  If there is no one to serve as an expert, someone seems to always self appoint themselves.  In some cases there are gatherings of experts walking all over each other trying to get to the top of the expert pile.  Most of these folks while possibly well meaning or even good hearted generally have no clue what the heck they are talking about or they come across so absorbed in their own self promotion that they are not tolerable.

Case in point #1:  I got a notice that a person to whom I have a very casual knowledge of had passed away.  Upon following a link to read what happened I found a gaggle of experts on a discussion board that not only knew what happened to him and how it happened, but his life story in many details.  The kicker is that the 4 or 5 pages of comments were dominated by three or four people who were telling all the other people they were wrong.  The funniest post was were one person commented on the deceased’s connection with Illinois, to whom the lead expert on this fellow admitted he didn’t know he had any ties to Illinois then wanted proof that the commentator knew what he was talking about.  Funny to me but I can just imagine how sad it might have been for any of the family members who might have happened upon this mess.  I do know the “one”  head expert mentioned above in this discussion, he is an expert on everything he talks about, just ask him.  He is one of the skid-marks in the underwear of life that we, regrettably, cant dispatch in a burlap bag with a concrete block  tied to it over a bridge into the river.

Case in point #2:  While I was trying to find some ballistic information online I came across a discussion on how the .17HMR was not suitable as a coyote round and would not kill anything bigger than a prairie dog.  Having dispatched coyotes, at range, with my .17HMR I thought that I must hurry out into the fields and tell these coyotes go get up and run along, despite the smell and decay, as they must be mistaken that I had killed them.  The expert was using all kinds of “math” and “physics” to show that the .17 lacked the punch and power to take a dog down beyond 50 yards etc so forth at nausea.  Despite testimonials and the comments of a real hunting expert (a person acknowledged as knowing what he was talking about), this fellow held to his guns that you needed a big gun to kill coyotes at range.  Maybe coyotes in Ohio wear bullet proof vest or their fur is like Kevlar due to difference in their winters or something.  Despite this expert, I still dispatch ole wile coyote with a .17HMR at every opportunity.

Case in point #3.  I have been bombarded with propaganda to attend a farmer/consultant field day on growing corn and soybeans like a “high yield expert”.  I do attend field days, when there is something to learn or there is a topic of interest.  Its just part of the learning and educational process that farmers must go through if they are going to compete and stay profitable.  That being said this particular field day is a big JOKE.  Its put on by a couple of self promoted and self proclaimed experts whom I wouldn’t let on my farm.  One half of this Abbot and Costello team I have know and been some what acquainted with for over 10 years through a friend.  They are only about the sale and what they are selling today is better than what they sold yesterday.  Did I say this was a joke already?  What do they know?  NOTHING.  Most of what they are going to present is either stolen from universities, picked from other companies with similar products or services and other field days or is not proven with independent non biased research and is only being used to end up selling a couple of products that they get kick back for.  Yet, with no industry certifications or qualifications, they have set themselves up as experts, and got the backing of people who should know better,  on growing high yield crops and are fleecing attendees for big money when its all said and done.

Case in point #4.  The University of Illinois Extension.  A complete Chinese fire drill of experts who have never “been there or done that” trying to tell the world how much they know about the real world.  Nuff said there.

Yes, I have had my fill of experts this year already.  That is why I wont be going to any more field days, conferences or meetings other than a very select few for the remainder of the year.  That is also why I have assigned junk and spam status to a lot of emails from experts and why I have erased several talk and discussion boards from my internet favorates.

The result of riding myself of so many experts is that my blood pressure is much lower lately.

Trust me, I know what I am talking about…………..

 

The last few weeks I have taken a bit of time to really watch and listen, as much as I can stomach, the morning news shows.  Really most are more like tabloid talk shows than news shows, there seems to be little news and a lot of comment and mud slinging.  The one thing that they all have in common, minus maybe one, is the soft sell of a political view or spinning of the news to their political view.  For me it seems pretty obvious what they are selling, and I am not buying.  So here are my reviews/overviews/comments on my watching of the morning news shows.  Take it for what its worth.

 

In no particular order:

 

Morning Joe.   Joe Scarborough is the “anchor” of this program along with his sidekick Mika Brzezinski.  They have a panel of has been political hacks and has been media types as their choir to whom the seek comment on about every story they cover.  The leather faced choir is dull and adds little value to the program as far as I can tell.  All of these horses should have been let out to pasture a long time ago. Joe, while reported to be a Republican (and I have no idea why this is important) seems to not have any anchored values on any issue and is blown in the wind on what he believes or feels on any topic on any day by what the old horses say.  A better show would be Morning Mika, where they just let Mika do the news and not have any old fart choir, comments or Joe to bring her down and mess up the program.

 

Fox and Friends.  Steve, Brian and Gretchen (of who hasn’t been on much the last two weeks I have tuned in) anchor a program that tries to offer news it appears along with to much stuff that isn’t news.  The non news seems to outnumber the news items about three to one.  The news items are reported almost always with comment from the anchors or their panel of “fair and balanced” hacks.  There is always disagreement in the panel (big surprise there) and while there is room for comment the anchors always have to comment on the comments.  I find this to be very boring and not watchable.  Worse yet the real news segments are very short and incomplete.  Much like Morning Joe, Fox and Friends needs to loose the panels and just stick to the news.   Brian’s humor is much needed and appreciated on the show.  Cut the junk out, cut the comments out and make the news segments longer.    Then I could stand to watch the show longer than 10 min a morning.

 

Countdown.  I assume that Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show that is on in the morning is a rerun of the show on at night.  It doesn’t matter.  Two things about this show or more important the shows host.  I have never seen a person on TV look like they are in so much pain.  Seriously, he looks like he is in a tremendous amount of pain (or severally constipated) while he is reading his lines.  That and how one person can be full of so much hate.  I tried to watch this several times and just couldn’t.  Get this man some professional help, he needs it.

 

American Morning on CNN.  The only show that is maybe as bad as trying to watch Countdown.  Its very shallow.  OK shallow doesn’t describe how “non” deep it is.  Ditch the anchors, get some news anchors and just do the news.  Better yet just pipe in the HLN feed during this time slot and save the production money CNN.  It’s the cellar dweller for a reason.

 

Imus in the Morning.  Not much news.  They do a news segment that covers the “top” stories, a business news segment (its on Fox Business News after all) that covers breaking business news of the morning and they have comment.  Just enough comment and not too much. It’s a radio show and Imus interviews his guest, does his commentary along with the shows cast following the script.  It has the right amount of humor and interviews and depth on interviews. I don’t know if its because its not a “news talk show” or if its because it’s a “radio show” that’s on TV that makes it different and entertaining.   Other than the “Blond on Blond” segment which features Imus’s wife, the show is watchable.

 

Overall after surfing the programs in the morning anymore I migrate back to Imus and end up spending most of my morning news show time on his program.  I laugh, watch and listen while I am getting ready in the morning.   What ever this show is doing works for me and makes me watch and listen (except for when he drags his wife on, then I go to the Weather Channel) for most of the morning.

 

To be truthful there isn’t much news on the news programs or stations anymore.  If you want news, you’re not going to get it from any of these shows without the slant they want you to hear.  Matter of fact your not going to get any news, just a headline with lots and lots of comment from people that don’t have a clue what real people living in or going though in this country right now.  .

The kids have been selling the sweet corn the last two days.  People have been buying it at a rate of 15-30 dozen at a time………..

I got to hot today and ended up in bed for a while this afternoon. Not pleasant at all, pretty mad at my self for allowing myself to get that way, I know better.  Feel much better as of this typing, hope to be able to get up and go early tomorrow.

The kids were selling sweet corn today from the back of a pickup truck along one of the main highways here.  They hadnt got their trucked parked when they had people pulling in and taking two and three dozen at a time.  They were sold out by noon.  Good problem to have.  We already have orders for about 40 dozen for tomorrow!  A small blurb on Facebook helped promote sales!!

Got a Motorola Droid to replace my lost Blackberry.  So far, so good, I like it.  Still trying to get use to all the different features.  The first app I downloaded was the Farm Futures app.  Love it!

Sampling is progressing slowly and may get even slower the next two days as the heat intensifies.  I will be so glad when its done.  Just cant hardly stand it knowing the finish line is in sight.

And last but not least, I snarfed this cartoon from Michael Bane’s Blog.  For those who don’t know about the ATF and Operations Gun Walker/Fast and Furious, you should read up on how your government is helping to terrorize Americans on the border with Mexico, not admitting guilt or doing a thing about it.

Its hot. I mean its real hot. The heat index the last few days has been well over 100 and in some cases over 110. By noon its hard to breath when your outside.

And outside is where I have been the last two days trying to get the spring soil sampling done. Normally I would have it all done but with the crazy rains and weather I still lack about a weeks worth of sampling. With the hot weather its cut my output to about half what I normally want to get done in a day. That sucks.

With the hot weather its also getting difficult to get the probe in the ground as the wet fields that were worked and planted wet are drying out. Again this slows things down.

Monday I also lost my cell phone in a field of soybeans. This is the first time I have ever lost a cell phone. It doesn’t bother me to much except for all the numbers that I hadn’t got backed up lately etc that are now lost. Oh well.

A drive around the country side shows some farmers still planting soybeans. Some have indicated that they will keep trying for another week.

The spring just keep going on…………..

There is now conclusive evidence that Osama Bin Laden is DEAD.

Last week he registered to vote in Chicago!

 

Got done planting beans.  It was less then ideal by any stretch of the imagination.

That being said, they are planted, or more correctly drilled.  In a comment to a couple of people I noted that 1/3 were planted just right, 1/3 were way to deep in the mud and 1/3 were laying on top of the ground.  It was so wet that I had no down pressure on the drill and as a result it couldnt cut the straw or residue and would ride over it.  Were there was little residue or a wheel track it was planting pretty good, and where there wasnt anything for the row unit to ride on it was planting them elbow deep.

So I am hoping that rain or no rain now that I will get at least 2/3 of a stand.  (some of you will have to think on that one for a while)

Now to pull the remaining soil samples and then a break from all things agriculture at some point.

 

It wasn’t pretty folks.  Had the 8770 (the big green 4wd you have seen in other pictures, just scroll down) hooked to the 15ft drill.  Looked like an elephant pulling an ox cart, but other then driving around a few places of standing water I got some beans planted.

I told the seed rep that 1/3 were planted just right, 1/3 were way too deep in the mud and 1/3 were on top of the ground.  Rain or no rain I hoped to get 2/3 of a stand.  I had very little down pressure on the drill to keep it from burying the beans elbow deep in the mud.  The result was that in places were there was heavy residue, it couldn’t cut it and would ride on top of it.

Oh well.

Early start in the morning and run until I either run out of seed, ground without water standing on it or I get done.

Today was the day, Barry Richardson brought his trackhoe and we tore down the old farm house and barn.

Matthew got to run the machine for a while after a quick lesson from Barry on the joy stick controls.  Now he knows how to run the dozer, backhoe and trackhoe.  Note I said run, not operate………hes a long way from being an operator, but heck hes just 13!

A little more time behind the stick and he will learn to operate.  Good skills to have!

Anyway, things are looking much better here in the country side……..

Rained 0.9 last night.  That will pretty much put an end to any hopes of planting beans by next Friday.  If it hadn’t rained, maybe Monday but there is also rain in the forecast for next week.

Anyway………enough of that, we will see what the weather brings but not put much hope in it.

I have to speak at the INFOAG conference next week and need to finish up my presentation.  I also have some soil sampling to finish.  At that point I am ready for a Ag free break.

I want to focus on something fun, something that isn’t mind numbing, something that isn’t muddy and something that isn’t related to the weather.

I am thinking either shooting, road trip or combination of the two.

Still working on it………..

I keep getting all kinds of advice on the bean planting situation.  Why I should go ahead and try to plant, how to plant, what to plant and that I need to hurry because its going to rain and I will run out of time.  Folks, let me be blunt.  ITS WET!  MUDDY.  WATER STANDING EVERYWHERE.  Dont you get it?  I cant even go, let alone try……..

Proof in point, here is an example of how wet it is from one of my buddies who was trying to get around field edges on his Ranger

So I sent the day loading wheat to ship out via semi truck today.  It was a long hot day, and still not over……..waiting on the last truck of the day.  I load up the auger carts so that we can load the semi in a matter of minutes instead of an hour.

You will notice the sky color……..its threatened rain all day today…..

This has been a difficult year in many ways, difficult on so many levels.  July the 3rd was about as low I think as I could get, maybe it was the 4th I don’t know. I just know that I hit rock bottom during that 24 hr period.  Everything seemed to be working against me right then.  Nothing was getting done.  Nothing was getting done right.

The corn crop has been planted and replanted, most of it looks fair some looks good and some looks like crap.  In some instances it is in the same field.  I am pretty sure that it wont be a bumper crop if appearance has anything to do with it.  When it quits raining this crop is going to suffer with no or shallow root systems with all the rain.  But right now its green for the most part.

But I have no beans planted.  None.  Its not that I haven’t had a chance to plant I guess, but it has never been right.  Others have planted, and replanted several times.  Its way too muddy. OK, maybe even beyond muddy as there is water standing in most places I need to plant beans.  So I sit.  Waiting.

I thought I was close to planting beans on July 3rd when the chance of a scattered shower, a 0.25 rain event, turned into a 2+ inch rain event.  Now we sit here on the 7th of July waiting for the ground to dry up.  The 15th is the cut of day…..at least for insurance and for planting seed production beans.  I knew right then that I wasn’t going to get done planting beans let alone get started.

And there is rain in the forecast.  Today while Matthew and I were loading wheat we watched this storm cell develop south of us.

So, I may not get to plant any beans this year.  I think the last two days I have gotten OK with that.  I just want to get things done and done right.  Nothing has got done right this year.  Very little has got “done” either.  Many things still linger uncompleted or done half way.

I never did get to spray my corn with the second shot of chemicals.  Rain kept us out.  So now I keep my fingers crossed that a half application will hold until harvest.

The wheat crop turned out to be the best crop of wheat I can remember.  Great yields and despite the constant raining test wgts held at 59.  It was a test and a race to get the wheat done and it got done, in the bin and now being hauled out.  I thought sure we would lose it before it was all said and done but we didn’t.  It got done, maybe not done right, but done.

So we are running out of time and I might be “done” with beans if it rains this week.  And I am alright with that….really I am. At least that is one thing I can mark off my list that’s done……..

Then we can work on the other 99 things that have yet to be done, or done right……..

 

 

Done with wheat. Looks to be the best wheat crop we ever had. It was muddy and still is too wet to plant beans.

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