Where has the summer gone? Tomorrow we start digging the foundation of a basement for a large farmhouse which we will be framing in the coming weeks. Seems like fall is right around the corner. Hopefully, we will have a long fall and a mild winter. Last week we finished a very large wrap-around deck for a customer on an old 2 1/2 story farmhouse.

Earlier in the week we received a light rain, so I worked my field one more time with disk and cultipacker, creating the most ideal seedbed ever! Planted my Beck’s Fierce Alfalfa at 30 pounds per acre and dad fiddled orchard grass on in the heavy low ground before I drilled the alfalfa with the International 510 grain drill with seederbox and pulling cultipacker. We got a nice gentle rain that evening to help set the seed. Hopefully, we don’t get any heavy downpours.

Later in the week I needed my quick-tach hitch for my tractor which I store just inside the door of the old chicken coop. As I entered the doorway of the coop, I heard this buzzing noise, I passed it off for a horsefly, but the buzzing intensified. As I looked over my left shoulder there was an active hornet’s nest hanging from the doorway; the dog and I ran for cover. My neighbor came down with beekeeper gear and got my hitch out and removed the hornet’s nest. Fortunately, no one got stung!

I bought a 12-row narrow International 183 cultivator in excellent condition at an auction a couple weeks ago. I needed the telehandler to unload, so I took the trailer to the jobsite to set it off. So, the hitch that my neighbor retrieved from the chicken coop was needed for my Case-International 2294 to bring a cultivator home from jobsite. I miscalculated how heavy this cultivator was, but I went slow and got it home. I thought about removing the wings and making it a 6RN, but it is too nice to dismantle, so I will probably sell it next spring.

The Bourbon Summerfest had an extremely nice weekend for the events throughout the town, with garage sales, parade, kids activities, corn-hole tournaments, tractor show, and so much more. I plan to participate in the Deane Leeper Memorial tractor drive next year. They had at least 50 tractors in the tractor drive on Sunday, I joined Hal Sullivan and his family from the edge of their hay field above the road as we watched dozens and dozens of tractors making their way from Bourbon to Argos and back to Triton High School.

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