thomas rubino wrote:Hi John;
Is that a wood burner ? Very nice looking but very small.
I would think, that with high ceilings you would loose your heat rather quickly.
Have you considered building a rocket mass heater?
You would have to cover it with metal / brick or stone, so the poop can be washed off.
You would need to burn it each day for a few hours at least. But it would release heat the chicks could sit on all night long.
Trace Oswald wrote:Well, the very first thing I need is a tractor with a front PTO and a snow blower. My driveway will be impassable without it. Already this year I slid down the driveway backwards in my pickup and half off the embankment where the driveway turns at the bottom. We hit a tree with the rear bumper that caught the truck with both rear wheels in the air and the truck sitting on the frame. Keep in mind it was pitch black at the time, because it gets dark here at 5 in the afternoon. It was an interesting ride.
Beyond the snowblower, I need a brushhog and/or mower, as well as a bucket and forks.
Thanks everyone for the replies, they have been very helpful.
John Pollard wrote:
I've got a small four-wheeler(2wd) that I need to fix up. I plan to use that to check the perimeter fence on a daily basis. The fence goes through the woods. It's got springs & shocks for the suspension.
I wouldn't mind having an electric golf cart for visiting neighbors.
I've had the little tractor for about 5 years and haven't had to do much of anything to it but change the motor oil.
Marco Banks wrote:If you had enough land, you could rotate crops:
Year 1: Sugar Beets
Year 2: Cash crop (corn/beans/grain) with a cover crop.
Do people no-till plant the beets? That would be at least one-less turning of the soil.
As I understand it, sugar beets can't be harvested until the temperatures are in a certain lower range, and if it gets too hot, you can' harvest them at all. Because they are harvested so late in the fall, it's difficult to think of planting a cover crop after they've been taken off the field because there wouldn't be enough time and warm days for the crop to germinate and grow. But could you sew a cover crop between the beet rows once the beets have gotten big enough that the cover crop wouldn't compete for sunlight?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
the best time for hysterics is AFTER you've dealt with the problem.
Keeping a cool head while everything around you turns upside down is a learned response that will keep you and those you can help alive through the crisis.
.......Once it is over you can go have that breakdown you just earned.
Eric Hanson wrote:Marco,
Planting anything in Minnesota after late summer is dicey at best. My Grandfather was big on trying to get at least some type of cover crop, minimal tillage, leaving debris on the field, leaving plenty of stubble, etc. Unfortunately, by the time he harvested his fall crops, it was a little late to get a new one planted. I realize Gabe Brown does it, but then he saw cover crops differently that my grandfather.
Just as a FYI, While my uncle was all about the sugar beats, my grandfather thought they were more trouble than they were worth. At one point, my uncle was about to spray something like 160 acres of sugar beats with some fungicide 2 weeks before harvest. My uncle's logic was that in order to be effective, the fungicide had to be applied before the fungus. My grandfathers logic: Why was he spending something like &20k for spray 2 weeks before harvesting? Was there really more than $20k at stake in the sugar beats? mind you that even if the beats were infected, it would only affect the top growth. At worst, the beat part would simply stop growing. My grandfather was a pretty conventional farmer by the standards of Permies, but one of the qualities he possessed that made him a successful farmer was that he was always asking these two basic questions: What is it going to cost me and will it pay off in the end? He always treated his crops like valuable commodities. He did not necessarily rush to sell his grain. In fact, he deliberately held back much of his grain so that he could sell it off season when the price was higher. At one point, the price of soy beans was spiking dramatically (he followed crop prices constantly). He drove off to the grain elevator with a load of soybeans in an old, beat-up grain truck and drove back in a new, much bigger grain truck! He was very good that way.
Eric Hanson wrote:William,
I am a little surprised that sugar beats are not used for fodder more. They get absolutely huge!
I also think that there is a place for them in the garden.