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Well today was Day 1 of making wheat bundles and hauling them to CNH for the test farm. Technically they are not shocks until the bundles laying on the ground are in a stack like what you could imagine Amish doing and such. It was about 90 degrees today and humid. Absolutely miserable conditions and we had to go slow enough so that we could keep up. Only about 7 people working on the bundle handling (Stacking and loading conveyor). We started at 1 and I had to give up by 4 and head home. There were immigrant workers for Nigeria there as well to help get us started with loaded wagons, then all we had to do was finish top loading. We have a total of 10 wagons to do and by the time I left we had about 3 done. So I'll see how it goes tomorrow. Anyhow, onto the pictures!
 

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Looks like...........fun, with the heat and all. Farms can't shut down because of the weather. Stay hydrated and safe.
 
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I am not familiar with what you are doing with this wheat??? Never seen it done like this, so I have no idea why you are harvesting it in this manner. Please enlighten me.
 

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I am not familiar with what you are doing with this wheat??? Never seen it done like this, so I have no idea why you are harvesting it in this manner. Please enlighten me.
It's like I said it's sent to the CNH test farm. These bundles are used for winter testing on combines. Since they obviously can't grow the wheat in the winter they have an inside test lab where they will run the combine and throw these bundles through. The bundles are easy handling for them and just a matter and taking off the wagons.
 

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What would CNH say if you were using John Deere equipment to make bundles for them! :D

Those pictures are postcard beautiful, but take care of yourself getting the job done. I've had the heat sickness before working my tail off in weather humans aren't made to thrive in. Don't you join me!

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Thanks, now I understand. Just didn't click for me. Man, they likely need a HUGE amount for the testing.
 

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Those are some big wagons to fill. What do they use to bundle the wheat? This humidity that we have had for the last while really draws down the energy level.
 

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What is the Extend-a-Lift used for? I can't figure what it is doing.

Be sure to stay Hydrated, lots and lots of H2O !!
 
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  • post-10419-0-01546900-1373065773_thumb.j I like this picture - simply great colours!

Edit: I read your description, why you're harvesting the wheat. Here in Hesse harvesting barley will start in a week or so.

I think, the wheat isn't ripe, to hold the grain in the spike. This stadium we call "Milchreife" - the grain is soft and milky. In the 1960's, when we were reaping with a binder and threshing the cereals later in the barn, we did this way of harvesting, too.

Thanks for the report and the declarations!
 

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Those are some big wagons to fill. What do they use to bundle the wheat? This humidity that we have had for the last while really draws down the energy level.
Two old binders and a Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson tractors.

What is the Extend-a-Lift used for? I can't figure what it is doing.

Be sure to stay Hydrated, lots and lots of H2O !!
The Manitou is used to pack down the bundles after a wagon looks filled so we can add more and they aren't so loose.
 

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Well today was the last day and it went much better. Finished topping off the wagons and most got hauled out. A wheel bearing is bad in one, so it'll sit for now until something is done. After lunch me and two other people went up in the wheel loader and picked up dropped and bad bundles to throw in the combine. The combine will take care of all left-overs. As we were leaving the farmer started planting beans already in the fields.
 

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