Friday, March 12, 2021

This week we acquired a new (to us) tractor to upgrade from the JD 7130.  This JD 6130R gives us several new features.  It will be able to utilize AutoTrac, and it will be connected to the office by JD Link.  We will use this to plant cover crop strips in the fall and to run the bush hog in the summer.  It is also useful for grading in Ross’ horse arena, and it will even be useful for blowing snow when that becomes necessary.  The 6130R has an IVT transmission, a new system for us.

The 6130R arrived Wednesday evening

John is putting on a ceramic coating on the hood and fenders to protect them from the inevitable scratching that comes with the bush hog job.

We are waiting for the front fenders, which are being shipped here from the factory in Mannheim, Germany.

We also brought in a new bush hog, a JD R15, which John Deere calls a ‘rotary cutter’, instead of the generic name bush hog.  We traded in our Bush Hog brand cutter.  Bush Hog is a brand name that has become synonymous with the product, similar to Kleenex has become a common name for tissues.

Yesterday’s 1.5″ (38mm) rain pushed back some of the opportunity to begin fieldwork.  It is generally assumed that when the fields dry down again, we will begin with the application of anhydrous ammonia (N for the corn crop) and with some burndown herbicide applications.

Won’t be long now…


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2 Responses to Upgrades

  1. Savannah says:

    What is the ceramic coating?

  2. casifarm says:

    It’s a special kind of wax coating, that gets very hard and makes it difficult to scratch the paint. John put it on his pickup too. It seems to be a 5-step process, but the results are a very deep shine!
    I hear you have a John Deere, too! Congratulations, I hope you have many years of good experience with it!

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