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4 months trying to get line on field


 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 4:37 am    Post subject: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wasn't prepared for this. I over-seeded the hay field and I've been trying to get lime on the field. Local Co-Op now sibs it out. Sub stopped applying lime. Got names of 3 guys to contact. None ever called back or said they'd check and let me know but that never happened. Second Co-Op wanted an account opened but now 6 weeks on nothing is happening. Of course now its so wet nothing gets in. Oh well, once the ground freezes.....

I just didn't expect it to be this hard.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2022 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As Bill Clinton used to say; I feel your pain. I have been waiting here in Western PA since the middle of October. No private parties in my area spread lime anymore. There are two Co-ops that say they will spread but they are busy with their big customers. So, we wait and wait. Evidently my 225 acre beef and crop operation is too small for them to even provide me a proposed schedule to spread my 50 tons. I am getting long in the tooth but I guess I will have to have lime hauled and dumped. Then rent a 2ton spreader from the county and spend two or three days loading and spreading it myself. If you are not a BTO, it is hard to get any service from the co-ops here. Good Luck.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2022 11:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do you by chance put on dry fertilizer on your hay ground? Spread it yourself?? If so, you might check into spreading a little lime on with your fertilizer. Do it yourself, if you can just get the lime.

From what I understand, you can get pellet lime now that can be applied with your dry fertilizer. Not real feasible to do, unless your spreading dry fertilizer anyways. And you can't apply alot of lime this way. But enough for the year. Better than no lime, if your ground is needing some. Some guys are doing this I guess. You just can't get the tonnage on doing it this way, as you would if you were just spreading lime.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2022 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Unfortunately I have no spreader of any kind. I need roughly 25 tons. The field is flat, square, and easily accessible. I'm just surprised that it's being this difficult. On the other hand I had 6 days of fog and drizzle with more set for next week. At this point the ground needs to freeze to even get a tractor in there.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2022 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I spread damp lime I get hauled in with a borrowed spreader. This was a 60 ton pile. Took about 12 hours but the biggest pain was the pile got rained on and froze. Was like spreading toothpaste that time. The best time to spread is in October. A fertilizer spreader wont work with damp lime, I tried once. The web and opening are too narrow. You also need a loader tractor and preferably a 2nd tractor to haul loads. 2 people would be nice but you probably arent going to find another person that crazy.



 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2023 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Add 1 more month with no joy. Of course the fact that it rains every 3-4 days doesn't help get much of anything done.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2023 3:43 am    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Maybe some of the Mennonites around Dayton would spread it,they go all over the place doing custom work on those Fendt tractors.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2023 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you got manure spreader ? If you got a loader like above photo.
Mix it in with your livestock manure .
Or peat moss
Pick a day with low wind ,that way it does blow in to the neighbors fields .
Also got to watch out for wet spots with heavy spreading ,will rut up that nice smooth hayfield surface ,will be terrible driving over for haying . February March freeze and thawing action will help to pull that lime into the soil.
Some thoughts I had . Good luck
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2023 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: 4 months trying to get line on field Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its just too wet now. Rained yesterday and forecast tomorrow, and Wednesday, and Friday. It has to stop sometime.
 
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