Farming, Photography

Our little version of Mr.Jingles

Remember Mr.Jingles in “The Green Mile” film ?
Yesterday afternoon we had our little version of him.
Afraid of hawks that keep flying over harvested fields, he hided himself in between our feets while trembling in fear.

Mr.Jingles

But please, sentimental reader, don’t get scared too. We didn’t crush him. The foot is over there just for the sake of the picture.

By the way…
Yields are still pretty good.

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Farming, Photography

Mato Grosso Soybeans Harvest Pictures and Early Numbers

The fun has started.
Firts fields, planted around September 25, are being harvested this week and yields have been great, particularly from new varieties that are resistant to multiple breeds of cyst nematodes. Numbers are few and I should not mention them yet(excitement mode on hold), but if confirmed on other areas they might mean a truly yield revolution in the west of Mato Grosso, a region where cyst nematodes have been causing yield losses of 10-20%(or even more) and are a bigger problem than on the rest of the state.

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31 combines waiting to act in a seed field from Bom Futuro Group. Sapezal, Mato Grosso, Brazil. 2014/01/10

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Farming, Photography

Helicoverpa Caterpillar Update

These pictures were taken yesterday morning and I think summarizes the scenario across all Mato Grosso.

Helicoverpa is here, everywhere, but easily under control. We have been more vigilant than usual, true, and spraying wherever is needed(some fields are on its 5th), but even the fields from some more reckless farmers are looking fine. This is quite unexpected and my guess is that it’s probably related to the high moisture conditions present in Mato Grosso, conditions that didn’t happen in Bahia last year, when this plague took control over there. Still, we should be aware that a dry spell(+15days) on january, in Mato Grosso, isn’t a rare event and would certainly make things harder, even though most of the potential loss is gone given soybeans late growth stage. Something odd, is that the Soybeans Looper(Pseudoplusia includens), a regular caterpillar, is the one causing problems this season.

Anyway, soybeans are looking great, much more than last year.


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Humor, Videos, Weekends

Commercial video that shows girls dancing on top of a Self-Propelled Sprayer makes success in Brazil

Stara, a brazilian agricultural implements and machinery factory produced this very interesting videoclip from its last self-propelled sprayer, called “Imperador”.

…a funny fact is that Stara’s factory is located in a city with one of the weirdest names in Brazil, it is called “Não-Me-Toque”, that in english literally means “Don’t-Touch-Me”.

13:48 update
Some twitter pearls of wisdom:
“beats a free hat”
” I’m opening Iowa distributor store deal”
“Think someone should tell John Deere that they need to up their game on their sprayer advertising.”
“who cares what fields looks like if they are riding along…. Hell who cares if we r even spraying”
“Here in ‘Merica we’d have big pie eatin wimin fighting over a chikin wing under the training seat.”
“well I’m screwed, I don’t need an 90 foot boom for 10 acres of pumpkins”

2013/12/15 update
my bad…I forgot this was a machinery ad.
…should have placed a link to their website somewhere.
Here it goes:
http://www.stara.com.br/web/index.php?menu=home&language=en (english version)

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Farming, Music

The Peterson Farm Bros present: “CHORE”

hahahahh
Excellent!!!

I used to help feed cattle as a lad 
Pitchin’ hay in the bunk just like my dad
Now I’m a farmer too, I grow your beef for you
I guess you might not know just what it takes
To help produce those thick and juicy steaks
It starts with guys like me, out on the farm you see

I load the corn, I load the (HAY!)
Then the silage fills it all the way
The wagon churns, I pull ahead 
Cattle know that they about to get fed
They hear the noise, they run around (HEY!)
Cattle thunder gonna shake the ground
It smells so good, they see it now

[Chorus]
I got the eye of the bovines, at dinnertime, staring through the sunshine
Cause I am a farmer and they wanna see me chore
Morning, morning and night
Cause I am a farmer and they wanna see me chore
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
They wanna see me chore

Now the cattle know that I’m their guy
I treat ’em right, keep ’em healthy and alive
I feed to zero, so I’m their hero

The markets go down, the costs go up (HEY!)
The farming life can get so rough
I feed in the cold, I feed in the rain
The weather makes you go insane
It can hold me down, but I’ll get up (HEY!)
A true farmer will never give up
I love my job, and I know that

[Chorus]
I got the eye of the bovines, at dinnertime, staring through the sunshine
Cause I am a farmer and they wanna see me chore
Morning, morning and night
Cause I am a farmer and they wanna see me chore
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
They wanna see me chore

Chore, chore, chore, chore

I got the eye of consumers, at dinnertime, or standing in the checkout line
Cause I am a farmer and you’ll wanna see me chore
Morning, morning and night
Cause I am a farmer and you’ll wanna see me chore
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’ll wanna see me chore

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