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When Fields Attack!
Farming is truly an adventure. And when you start farming acres that are new to you, not only is there a learning curve to figuring out the ground, the level of adventure is increased. Especially when the fields start swallowing equipment whole.
Now that sufficient time has passed, we can look back at some of the more memorable adventures we’ve had on the Running Y Ranch and laugh. Sure, at the time tension was high and tempers likely flared, but that’s all water under the bridge and we have photographic evidence (thanks to Mr. Crawford and the Apple company) of how much fun farming can be – that is if you find getting expensive pieces of farm equipment stuck fun! From tractors to excavators, the Running Y tried to eat them all. And while the old lake bed failed to consume our equipment, it did leave us with memories of fun times and adventures had.
The fun started in the fall, on November 30th, 2011. As you can see from the photos, it was a beautiful, crisp day with blue skies, distracting us from what laid beneath. One moment, smooth sailing. Next – the ship – er, tractor – is sinking! This tractor, a Caterpillar 865, was the largest tractor we had on the farm at the time. It also has the dubious distinction of being the first one we got stuck on the Running Y.
Our first tractor stuck at the Running Y. Yay?
Methinks this is what literary folks call “foreshadowing”
Surely, it could be worse . . . .
Fast forward to spring, and farming and ditch cleaning are well underway. As a matter of fact, Jim Hogue, a heavy equipment operator, was cleaning out the old canals on the Running Y on April 26th, 2012, when the bank of the ditch gave away. And as you can see, there was now something else in the canal that needed to be cleaned out.
Umm, yeah. It doesn’t look much better from this angle either
I guess the good news is this isn’t our piece of equipment!
Three days later (April 29th), this classic example of a Case 7130 was filling in irrigation ditches in a pasture being reclaimed for farm ground. And you can see how that went. We must of just irrigated that pasture, right? Nope.
Waiter, there’s a Case 7130 in this soup!
And another two days after that (May 1st, for those keeping track), our Caterpillar D6 managed to get stuck in the “famous” (or infamous) field B5. This event was one of two times this Cat was stuck in this field. And do you see the rippers on the rear of the dozer? Yeah, me neither. But if you could, you’d know that they’re not supposed to even touch the ground. In case you were wondering, it took Hogue’s excavator and two tractors to free the D6 from soft ground.
I’ll be – there are rippers down in there!
Damn. Just . . . . damn.
One day later (lookit that pattern!), May 2nd, while trying to fill in old ditches this John Deere 8430T pulling a rototiller got stuck. While we tried to blame the field for this one, unfortunately there was a wee bit of operator error in this incident when the operator crossed the ditch wrong. As far as getting stuck in ditches, this rototiller completed its hat trick this day!
If this is the worst thing that happened this day, we should consider ourselves lucky
Finally, a day with no tractors getting stuck. No excavators sliding into ditches or Cats managing to bury themselves in the old lake bed fields. So, we celebrated with a rainbow! Okay, perhaps we didn’t make the rainbow, but it’s pretty cool just the same.
A happy ending . . . or is it?
Too bad there weren’t any more photos of tractors getting stuck on the Running Y ranch, right? Well, you’re in luck! Stay tuned for part two of Fun Times At The Running Y, or Farm Equipment – It’s What’s For Dinner.
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