Friday, May 15, 2009

How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?

By miring them axle-deep in the mud, that's how.

I didn't know you could get one of those things stuck like that...

It has been one wet spring here in the heartland. But what is merely an annoyance to convertible owners and people with leaky basements is a hard shot to the wallet for farmers.


alath said...

The original name for my parents' farm was 100 Springs.

I think I found 99 of them with the tractor. I never quite managed to completely bury the tractor, but I got pretty close a couple of times.

Don't let those big knobby tires fool you: tractors can easily get stuck in the mud.

Anonymous said...

Happened to a friend of mine when he was 15 driving one of those.

"Stopped dead and dug in axle deep in secs"

2 more tractors and a backhoe to get it out. Miserable job.

Buck said...

My father-in-law needs a few days or a week with no rain so he can plant. I do'nt how much much time he has left but it's not alot for getting soybeans planted.

rickn8or said...

And here I am all anxious because I can't get my yard mowed.

Does this mean corn is going to be too expensive to put in my gas tank this year?

Anonymous said...

Well, lessee: Rains/floods; drouths around the world, and globular worming has apparently lengthened winter in some farming areas.

Doesn't sound like a bumper crop year, to me. Odds are, Wheaties and Fritos are gonna cost more, come the fall of the year...


D.W. Drang said...

FWIW, I've seen tanks that were "stucker" than that. And when your M88 gets stuck, life REALLY sucks!

I take it you all survived the tornadoes?

wv: coedomi. Co-educational domicile? Or, as my grandmother would have said, "Coed, Oh my!"

Adrian K said...


I grew about 15 miles south of there. You folks really HAVE had a wet year. Surprised my old man hasn't mentioned anything about it though.

He's usually good for a weather report or two when we talk.

Grumpyunk said...

Jeebus, what a mess. Getting that out is not gonna be a fun job.

Farming = Legalized Gambling.

How these guys do it every year is amazing. God bless 'em.

Matt G said...

A friend of mine tells about getting a D-5 stuck in the mud. He describes the getting-out process as involving logging chain and railroad ties, chained to the top of the treads. Whoa.

Thanks for linking that, Tam-- that Frank can really write a post, can't he?

I'll be going back there.

James family outpost, Iowa. said...

In other news, Ruger has the new SR-556 rifle up on their website.
Piston AR, 2K M$RP.

JohnMXL said...

Couple of years ago a local farmer buried a tractor to the axle in early spring - was nearly summer before the wet spot dried enough to recover it. It was along a major highway so it was pretty embarrassing for a long time!

RE Ruger's new SR-556. No doubt fabricated entirely of Unobtanium.

Cossack in a Kilt said...

"Race horse" corn, like many technological inventions, are great . . . as long as things work JUST RIGHT.

When things don't work JUST RIGHT, the Goths, Visigoths and Vandals, they sackee Rome.

Mo' simple, mo' bettah.

What did Bob Heinlein say about specialization, again?