Jenifer and Levi finally finished digging the last of the Bintje potatoes on Wednesday. She spent Thursday going through all the crates and pulling out the ones that had gone foul. At my off-farm job, we also finished digging the last of our Red Pontiac potatoes on Wednesday. We left over half of them in the field because they were rotten from all the rain. Decaying potatoes have a uniquely intense odor.
Last Friday, my brother was down here Bush Hogging my dad’s cattle pastures with the John Deere 4430 and the 15-foot batwing mower.
He did not get finished, and parked near the pines on our farm.
I hopped on it on Saturday and Bush Hogged for an hour and a half around our overgrown farm and got more done than I would with our 5-foot Bush Hog and small tractor in eight hours. Awesome.
The 4430 is a 1970s era John Deere tractor but it has an enclosed cab, air-conditioning (sometimes) and a radio. Living the high life.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; email@example.com.
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