Fall Update

It’s just about October, which seems pretty crazy to me. This year has just flown by! It seems like just yesterday we were starting with the spring work, then the summer rush, and now the hay season is all completed. The only big tasks left to do on the farm now are putting things away and plowing a few fields in preparation for next year.

I thought post a few photos that I’ve taken over the past few weeks, as the colors have changed quite nicely this year. I’m sure all of that color will be gone though once we have the next big storm…

Kyle Weber

2021 Star Valley Antique Tractor Show

Video footage from the tractor show

On the 25th of September, we hosted the 2021 Star Valley Antique tractor show. This year was pretty busy farm wise, and we had some rains that pushed us behind a bit getting some crops in. As such, we were a little late getting invitations and announcements and such sent out. I think that hurt the attendance somewhat. However, despite all of that, I’d say we had a pretty good turnout overall.

Some of the equipment that was at the show included:

John Deere 7520 with chisel plow
John Deere 5020
John Deere Model R Diesel
John Deere 5 bottom pull behind plow
Oliver Super 55
John Deere 70 Gas
John Deere 630
John Deere A
John Deere No. 5 Sickle Mower
John Deere MT
John Deere Model H Series 47 Manure Spreader
John Deere 420 Utility
John Deere 430 Utility with Oliver Loader
John Deere 435 Diesel
Case Model L 1937
Farmall F-30 1936
Farmall F-20 1937
International Hay Rake
Farmall Super M
Farmall Super M-TA with IH plow

I had a lot of fun, and I think those in attendance did as well. Currently we plan on hosting it next year as well. It will be the last Saturday in September. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there!

Loading Straw Bales with the 5020 and 3020

View of the homestead from the dry farm
John Deere 5020 with straw bales on wagons

My father needed some help hauling some straw bales to his barn for his winter cattle bedding, so I took the John Deere 5020 over with the two old truck wagons to help haul the straw bales. He brought over the 3020 to load them. Straw bales are quite light compared to alfalfa bales, so the smaller 3020 did okay hauling them.

Being on the dry farm is always bitter sweet, as it’s currently up for sale. It’s a long story, but basically my father and his brother are still here in the valley, and the siblings that are out of the valley keep doing all they can to get whatever they can out of it. They changed the original trust while my grandparents were in ill health from the land going to the ones here to splitting it up with an equal share among themselves, which has left little for my dad and my uncle in return. They also continue to ‘move the target’ of what is going to happen to the land as to maximize their own return, with little to no regards for those here. Rather than follow through with what the trust says and settle things (which still isn’t right), they continually change dates and plans according to the market to try to get the most of what they can out of it. If you ask me, that’s quite the investment plan–move away and do nothing with the farm from right out of high school and come back years later to reap the rewards of those that stayed and labored to keep and preserve the farm. And they call themselves good Christians…

Anyway, now I’m just ranting. I guess when something you’ve cherished all of your life is being taken away by others and you’re helpless to do anything about it–you just have to vet little in a blog post.

1950 John Deere MT

Myself and the MT loaded on the Ford F-350

Over the weekend I acquired a 1950 John Deere MT single-front. I already had two parts MT machines, so I thought this would be a fun one to add to the collection. In this video we load it up with the Ford F-350, haul it home, and run it for the first time.

The MT was the row-crop version of the John Deere M. The M is unique as it was a two-cylinder vertical engine with a foot clutch. The M also replaced both the models H and LA. The H was the smallest of the horizontal two-cylinder machines.

John Deere Model M

As I mentioned earlier, the MT was the row-crop version of the M. The M was considered a “standard”, meaning non-adjustable wheel tread and a lower stance. One of the things that interests me about the M is that we used to have a model M on our farm. The photo above is the model M that was once on our family farm. They were popular utility machines, as they were small and easy to use as they had a standard clutch to operate. In the photo above, you can see it connected to a manure spreader. Back then they had an old dairy barn with the large large rounded-roof loft. The cows would be milked and also were fed in the barn. This created a good deal of manure which needed to be removed daily. The M in the photo shows it hooked up to a manure spreader. This would have been the daily task of the tractor–to drive through the barn and haul out the manure. I recall my grandfather talking about the process, mentioning how they would manually shovel the manure into the spreader each day. There’s plenty of manure to be seen on the tractor as well.

Shot in 4K HDR Dolby Vision. If you have an iPhone 12 or later (or HDR compatible Android phone), then the color and brightness should really pop.