Sunday, 30 October 2011

End of the Nuffield conference

The Nuffield conference is over. Two days of everyone presenting. Congratulations to all scholars.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Harvest Festival

2011 celebration for the end of harvest festival. We had a hog and beef roast and puddings. When you get everyone who is involved with PX it soon becomes a small army. The weather was a saving grace with the sun shining and no wind. It was wonderful to be able to host everyone at the farmhouse. What a wonderful day, i very much enjoyed the afternoon. Well done to Ailis for organising the day.
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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Demo unimog

John from the local Mercedes Unimog dealer bought a demo 400 around to show us.

Our plan of attack is convert into our new fuel bowser and spray mixer tank. With capability to travel at 56 mph, tow a trailed cultivator to the challengers.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Digging for a new grainstore store

Work has started. We are digging for a new grainstore alone side aberdeen store.

Rick is working hard digging the soil and driving the lorry as the dump truck. The new store will be completed by end of May. It is part of the plan to segregate different grains as premiums are establishing.

Subsoiler demo

Tim Howard bought a subsoiler for demonstration. It was at 20" deep and the subsoiler with a 6" wings and narrower leg than our current. An intended 11 leg machine trailed is proposed.

We currently have a 9 leg hydraulic folding fully mounted.

The disadvantage is the only machines to carry the subsoiler between farms is a cat challenger which causes unnecessary wear and tear on the tracks.

This subsoiler doesn't roar the land up causing as much soil disturbance and upsetting structure. I believe this machine with the correct legs could be used after drilling to remove headland compaction.

The drawbar will be fitted with a liquid fertiliser tank and nozzles fitted to each leg.

The Vaderstad bio drill will be fitted to the rear for applying the oil seed rape with radar.

This machine will work well when subsoiling is required and drilling oil seed rape at the same time. Land will take time to come around to controlled traffic and the subsoiler will be a key machine to wipe the slate clean. When going onto new farms this will be a key machine to start the process and will able to be used on all crops reducing cost and speeding up the process.

Operation wise is seems easier to use due to pin location for depth not threaded links. The legs come complete with points and wings. So only changing one part. This alone should speed up the wearing parts down time. Shear bolts are changeable by pin and R clip.

We will use a tractor to move the machine between farms for the cat challengers, improving efficiency and cost.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

2011 drilling has finished

Ye ha, it's all over, we have finished drilling. I'm really pleased, the heavens can open.

The boys are off for a well earned rest. Julian is off next week to Australia and Chris G to New Zealand. Chris B has gone on a four day sleep.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Painting the farm

Andy is busy getting the farm painted. Going for a fresh new look. Andy told me 'he used to love painting'. He's never seen some much to paint.

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Keep the troops going

Using the converted RAF fuel truck to deliver fuel to the Challenger in minutes.

Drilling an average of 205 acres a day.