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April 22, 2016

I found the missing head of lettuce!

After hauling hogs the other day I pulled into the shop, the sun shining and decided my truck needed cleaned out and washed!  I like to do that at least once a year, wether it needs it or not!  I realized how much of a pig I am and that my truck smelled like one as well!!

I uncovered many things but I believe the missing head of lettuce was truly the most unique!  I knew I had bought it the other day but when I went to the fridge to get it for my Southwest Fajita Steak Salad it wasn't there, luckily I had bought 2 while I was at the store!

You really have to try this salad and that beer, that beer is so good.......but I digress!!

There are many things in my pick up truck........quite honestly one might be able to wait out a 5 day blizzard in my truck!  There are always too many coats and clothes, usually toilet paper stashed under the seat or at least a blue shop towel and random food!

But there are 5 things that I absolutely require be in my truck at all times!

1. Scrub cap- it might be on the dash, the floorboard or fallen between the seats but there is always one in here!  I am in and out of hog barns and it is a lifesaver for the hair! I don't know how or why but it keeps the hog smell out of my hair.

2. Butane Straightner...... I kid you not! I found it on Amazon and I love it. Where a scrub cap for an hour and my hair around my face turns into a frizzy mess-fire that thing up, straighten what's around my face throw the rest up in a bun and good to go!  And can I just say I want to hug the first girl who walked out in public with a messy bun and dared to set a trend-God Love Her!  It's about the greatest thing since sliced bread!  You literally just pretty much wad your hair up and you've got a messy bun that is a legit 'hair style' - the messier the better, strands sticking out here and there, random curls right along side straight pieces just hanging there.  It's sheer brilliance!

3. Sunglasses - there better be at least one pair of sunglasses on my dash, multiples make me smile though!

4. Fe breeze-it's Magic in a can!! Scrub cap saves my hair, Febreeze takes care of my clothes. I never know what the next thing on my list is going to be-I can leave a hog barn and have to head straight somewhere else and hog barn smell stays with you-so I shower spritz with Febreeze A LOT!

5. Hitch Pin & Pressure Washer Handle Clamp- there is always or better be a hitch pin in the drivers side door pocket!!!!  And my plastic cheap clamp - I'm a wimp I admit it but as much pressure washing as I do I love my cheap clamp to put on the handle to hold the wand on - don't mess with it or Chris is forced to go to town to get me a new one!

BONUS-a bottle of water, because in all honesty you aren't going to survive that blizzard in my truck on the McDonalds fries under the seat alone, those salty fries are gonna make you thirsty!!!!

April 15, 2016

Graphite, Seed Meter Brushes and Aspirin

I put new seed plates on the the Kinze planter today and was so relieved to see brand new seed meter brushes.  Those beautiful shiny new blue brushes are beautiful to me, they mean it's one less thing that could give me a headache this year!

It was the spring of 2013..........Chris came to me and said, "I'll need you to plant beans today."

Now I had done my fair share of field work, but I prefer to leave the planting to someone else. I mean, if I missed a spot Turbo-tilling or cultivating, we would still have a crop. But you leave a pie shape planting and there is no crop – plus we would have to look at it all summer!

Chris convinced me I was up to the challenge when he said, "It's only beans, there's really nothing to it. Put the planter down, drive, pick the planter up, turn, put the planter back down."  There was nothing like that stellar vote of confidence to make you feel needed.....'It's only beans'.......

He said he would have someone help me fill, but "just keep that planter moving!"

So off to the field I went in the John Deere 4640 dragging the 8/15 split row Kinze behind me – ready to plant some beans. While planting beans doesn't require as many monitors and buzzers screaming at me as corn, Chris' theory of "just put the planter down and drive" was a little on the simplified side.

We didn't have auto-steer in the JD 4640, so there was the whole steering straight thing, along with making sure the right marker was down for the next round to be straight.

Immediately the row unit monitor chirped at me! Yes, the row unit monitor chirped at me – oh, row three. How you and I went round and round! Really, it was me going round and round – in and out of the tractor – to see what your problem was. Two days we fought together.

Every time I would call Chris he would say, "just add more graphite." I added graphite and then more graphite and still more graphite.

Turns out, lack of graphite wasn't the problem. I plugged the meter with it! Eventually, we took the unit apart. Of course it was full of seed, seeing as it wasn't working properly, and we had hardly planted anything when we looked at it. We eventually took it to the dealer and they suggested we change the brushes in the seed meter.

It seemed too simple but it worked. The brush in row three was the same age as the other rows but something was different. The seed we were planting was really large, 2400 seeds per pound, apparently the seed and brush just weren't working together.

The moral of the story: a $6 part can save a gallon of graphite, a bottle of aspirin, a bar of soap and two days of hardly any planting.

Jennifer - 0     Graphite - 1

Last year we bought a new to us John Deere corn planter and now we plant beans with our Kinze 16/31 split.  I started using it last year, it still scares and confuses me......just saying' - but I keep it moving, it's only beans!!