I’m certain a great deal of you were watching the Ravens and 49ers play tonight. The Superbowl has become such an event that people tune in for the commercials as much or even more so than for the game itself.
Well this year Ram takes the cake for best commercial in my book. Take a couple of minutes to watch in case you missed it during the game.
I remember saying “Oh, a cow.” when the ad came on. Then the name Paul Harvey appeared on the screen. At that point I knew what was coming next as I’ve heard him speak those words before. My understanding is he delivered those lines in 1978 at the national FFA convention. Two years before I was born, but all the things he describes are still true in 2013. I can remember when I was little riding on the armrest of tractors with Grandpa while Paul Harvey played on the radio and my head would bump the window as the tractor crossed the field.
My social media circles lit up tonight with shares and praise to Ram for spotlighting farmers on the biggest of big stages. I even had friends post on my Facebook page that they thought of me during the commercial. As I looked over my timeline I saw that the same thing was happening to many of my other farmer friends across the country. And that’s pretty cool.
A photo that hangs in the office of Grandpa, me, my son, and Dad in the barn lot.
Finally there’s the part that tells a bit of the tale of this farmer when Harvey states “Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. So God made a farmer.” You may know that I farm with my dad and grandpa right now. Actually during my last semester of college I said I didn’t want to farm, but six years later I told my parents I did. My wife and I have a 3-year-old son ourselves. Maybe someday he’ll want to do what Dad does too.
And don’t forget. If you share this video you’ll be helping Ram Trucks raise $1M for FFA so go share it now!
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Another week has passed. We’ve been meeting about taxes, checking out farm sales, cleaning up equipment, and more. Here a few pictures of the highlights.
An old road grader for sale at an auction.
These short lengths of drain tile were used as cores to wrap longer but smaller diameter tile around for packaging and transport. We loaded them up in my truck and returned them to the tile manufacturer.
The 8420 got an oil change this week.
I dug up a few cover crop radishes to see how they are doing after some very cold days last week. They should being dying off soon. As they decay in the spring they will release the nutrients they have absorbed to the growing corn crop.
I thought this was pretty cool. And old and large dragline bucket probably used for cleaning out drainage ditches.
The farm auction we visited this week was a mint farm. These are mint wagons used in the harvesting process. I don’t know much about mint farming, but if you click the picture it will take you to a video from and Idaho mint grower. Good stuff!
Our 8420 has the ILS front suspension. It’s very much like the independent front suspension on a car but with larger parts. The shaft powers the front wheels. After changing the motor oil I serviced the front end by greasing it.
This is a before an after shot of the disc off of our disc/belt sander. We got the tool from my great uncle and the sanding disc we finally wore down was apparently glued on the machine. The last disc wasn’t the stick on type. I let the metal plate sit in the parts washer during lunch and the glue came right off!
What have you done this week?
It’s been a short farm work week with Christmas, but we still had a lot going on. Take a look to see what we’ve been up to this week!
Dad checked on our soybean bin and found some rotting beans inside. It’s possible we didn’t aerate them enough in the fall, or got some bad beans in there somehow at harvest. We loaded out a truckload to “core” the bin, and you can see these beans aren’t very uniform and some are off-color. They stunk too. After a while the quality improved. Oddly enough, we didn’t get docked for anything at the elevator and moisture was right on at 13%.
Here’s a shot of those soybeans being loaded.
The 4630 has some of the rear end taken apart to replace a shaft, some bushings, and leaky seals. While the drawbar hitch and 3 point hitch are off and in pieces we’ll get them all painted up nicely!
Earlier this year I painted both front wheels on the 4630 while they were off the tractor. I also painted one rear wheel while it was off. This wheel was never removed, so I painted the inside while the hitch was out of the way.
To finish the week, I serviced Dad’s truck this morning. Oil change, greased the front end, added some coolant, filled the washer fluid, and checked the air in the tires.
We are getting our first snow of the season today, and I was lucky enough to look out my window and catch this guy running across an open field behind my house.