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Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!!


 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not only do you have to endure floods, drauught, deer, hail and skeeters, you now have to put up with crazy truck drivers. Truck was supposed to show up Tues. between 1 and 2 p.m., got ahold of him on the phone at 2:15 and he was 250 miles away. Now Tues. here was a picture perfect day so I just knew that their was no way we could load out that day. He called at 9p.m. to inform me he was nearby and would meet me there at 7 a.m. I was there and beat on the door to wake him up so we could go, at that time I was informed that we could not turn a tap until he had his morning coffee.. We got back to the farm at 8:15 and after numerous attempts we got under the auger at 9:10. I asked him to open the belly doors so I could inspect the truck, when I looked inside I saw a sugar like substance, I ask him what his last load was he told me Urea. I asked him then [as a joke] was it organic urea? To which he replied that he thought it was, and then asked if I had a broom to sweep it out. I told him to get in the truck that we are going to town and get it washed out. By the time I got him loaded and going down the road on his own { I had to lead him to the road] it was 3:30 p.m. I get a call at 8:30 this morning from him wanting to know where this place is he is supposed to unload. I told him I did not have a clue but to call the broker... Before he got away I did take him to a scale and got a load weight for my own pertection. So just when you think you have seen it all.....here comes another adventure.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Truck drivers on this board of course are exclued, but is it mandatory for a person to remove thier brain to drive a truck? I have had more trouble with trucks in the last 2 years than the previous 20.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I assume you were hauling some kind of organic grain? Sounds to me like you need to talk to the broker about finding qualified haulers or buy yourself a truck.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Several years ago I sold 3 semi loads of food grade oats to general mills. Broker lined up a local trucking co. to haul. 1st. truck loaded in evening and delivered next morning and came back for second load. He loaded both his loads as full as he could. Walked around trailer as it was loading to pack it down by foot and shovel it in the corners. Heeped it up as much as possible and quickly tarped it to keep from running over. Next day they sent a young driver who had never hauled oats before. He asked me how full he should fill it to be close to legal weight. I told him I had no idea but the other driver had squeezed on every kernal hae could. When his trailer was about as full as he did with soybeans he told me to shut auger off. I told him that is not neerly enough as oats only weighs 32# per bushel and beans are 60#. He could not grasp the difference that would make in the size of the pile. I talked him into putting a little more on and then he left. When I got the load slips back he only grossed 63,000# So now I was several bushels off from meeting my contract. No one wanted to pay for sending a quarter load of oats 80 miles. Not me, not the trucking co., not the broker. After several days of phone calls by everyone General Mills finally broke the contract for full amount. I don't know if it cost anyone some money. I do know it did not cost me anything.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In the earthmoving business we had a saying that if you were headed on a long trek in remote, unknown territory you should always carry a lath or two, a roll of flagging tape, a marker pen and a peep sight.
If ya get lost, just pound the lath in the ground, peep sight a grade and mark it and tie a flag on it. A trucker will be by in ten minutes and run it over!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i was driving out to the farm the other day and got to noticing how many trucks were traveling I-40. honestly, i dont think that in 100 miles there was any point where at least five or more trucks weren't in sight. Its really amazing the amount of freight hauled by trucks these days.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote

LMAO....so true. Been there done that.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Farming, it not just a job its an adventure!! Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I just remembered why I bought more cows....so I don't have hay to sell. Nothing worse than waiting all day for a truck when you could be accomplishing something.
 
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