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Cedar Lodge Farms photo/video thread

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by farmerknowsbest, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. farmerknowsbest

    farmerknowsbest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    Hi there,

    I am new to this forum and am really enjoying going through the threads on the site. Keep up the good work.

    My name is Warren, I am just in the last week of classes before finishing up University studying Agricultural Economics. Once done, I will be farming full time on our 3000ac farm in South Eastern Ontario, Canada. We primarily grow corn, however, also have a sizable acreage of soybeans. We grow a bit of wheat to supply our beef feedlot with straw as well. We are a family run operation that also employs 3 full time guys and a variety of part time and seasonal employees for the busy seasons.

    I have been keeping a photoblog for the last 3 years now and have close to 10000 photos and hundreds of video clips of our operation. I try to be as detailed with the blog as I can, while still explaining things in basic easy to understand terms for those that don't have the ag background I do. I update it as often as I have relevant information to do so with and have gotten many positive reviews of it. I hope you enjoy it as well.

    http://www.cedarlodgefarms.com

    That is our farms website where I compile all the photos and videos in a blog format. The site is very dialup friendly, so don't let a slow internet connection discourage you from checking us out. All the photos are in thumbnail form on the site, but with a simple click of your mouse they can be blown up (on a different tab/page) for you to view them in full size.

    I take great pride in our farm and love to talk about it, so please, don't be afraid to ask questions, or make comments and commentaries on what we are doing and why we are doing it.

    I'll introduce you to our fleet.

    To make it suspenseful I'll start at the bottom and work up in hp.

    The smallest, our lawn mower. A Kubota LG1860 Diesel. I think it has 18hp. I got just a bit too close to the wet field and slipped off the edge. Oh well. :D See dirtman, you're not the only one that likes the mud. HEHE.
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    35hp Kubota L175 This tractor is only used for one thing on the farm, moving bales inside of dairy barns for storage where we could otherwise not get them.
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    45hp White 1270. This tractor is our main utility tractor. It is great for moving wagons around the yard, doing light duty pto work and is great for haying.
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    60hp White 2-60 This is our oldest tractor and with over 25000 hours it looks it! This tractor doesn't get a lot of work anymore. It is basically a yard tractor now doing light duty pto work. In the spring it does get some use pulling fertilizer wagons around.
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    70hp JD 6110. This is our main feedlot tractor. It cleans the barns once a week as well is used in basically all parts of filling silo. The tractor is used quite often in the yard with the loader if something needs to be used. It is a very versatile tractor.
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    95hp JD 6200. This is our main tractor. There is rarely a day that goes by that this tractor does not move. It is small enough to be considered a utility tractor but has enough hp to tackle larger jobs as well. It is used in almost every job from planting to harvest.
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    130hp TV-140 This is probably the most unique tractor we own. It is a bi-directional tractor, meaning, the operators station can be turned 180 degrees and the tractor drives just as easily in either direction. It is used as a heavy loader most of the time. It was purchased to pick stones ahead of the planters with a stone bucket.
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    135hp NH TS130A This tractor was purchased in the spring of 2008 and has really grown on us. It is a 2wd but it does pull exceptionally well with the duals on. This is one of our planter tractors and pulls the 8 row corn planter all spring. Bales hay and teams wagons of grain in the fall.
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    180-250hp NH T7060 Also bought in the spring of 2008. This tractor is the lighter of the 2 and is used for seeding, NH3, and teaming wagons. The tractor has the 50kph transmission and flies on the road as a result. A lot of hp with an excellent cab layout. Easily the best tractor on the market in its weight class! There is a reason it was the 2008 Tractor of the year.
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    180-250hp NH T7060 Yes we have 2 of them. This one is 1.4 tonnes heavier than its twin. This tractor is a work horse. A tillage tractor. Built to get that power to the ground. It pulls a 32ft field cultivator in the spring, and a 6 furrow plow in the fall. Fills all the silos and relaxes the rest of the time. :D The reason for the wide spread of hp is because of the computer. 180 at the pto, 250 on the dyno at max torque with the computer run power boost.
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    230hp JD 8200 This tractor was recently retired from the tillage jobs when the T7060 was purchased. Now it is a planter tractor. This year it ran the 16 row corn planter, put on NH3 and pulled a 28ft end dump trailer all fall. It is getting old so it was time to give it lighter duty jobs.
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    230hp JD 8440 This tractor is an interesting one. It is ugly, hard to drive, but just won't quit. We run it on singles all the time. It doesn't get a lot of tillage work. It is hooked to a manure spreader almost all year long but does run the grain cart in the fall to keep the combine moving.
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    On to the big girl

    400hp Caseih 9250 The workhorse of the farm. The bulk of the tillage work is done by this tractor. It pulls a 54ft field cultivator in the spring, and a 8furrow mold board plow in the fall. It has been a great tractor and is scheduled to be re-painted this summer. It will likely be demoted in the next few years from something bigger and newer. An Steiger 485HD perhaps.
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    That is it for the tractors.

    Sprayer: Eagle 8100 with 80ft boom and 850gal tank.
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    Forage harvester: 32 year old JD 5440. It is getting tired, will likely be replaced soon.
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    Combine: 2003 Caseih 2388. 30ft flex head and 8 row corn head
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    A recent addition to the farm is the land clearing one. Land is getting to be very expensive in this area and farms don't come up for sale very often. So if we can't expand outwards we need to expand from within.

    CX210 excavator
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    D5M XL This is a new addition to the farm in the last month. We have a pin on rake for it to help speed up getting the cleared land ready to plant as fast as possible. Every farm needs a dozer right?
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    We also have a semi to haul our own grain to the end user. Volvo Autocar with a Custom 40ft end dump.
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    The truck hauls to and from our commercial grain elevator.
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    Also, as well as the website, this is my youtube channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Farmerknowsbest

    Thanks for taking the time to look over this thread. I hope you'll do the same with the website and photoblogs.

    Warren
     
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,126

    Nice spread. I don't think a 9250 makes 400 hp. Unless you guys turned it up. I think the 9280 was right around 400 hp.

    Since the blue tractors are essentially the same as red tractors except for the Super Steer option, not really needed on a large tillage tractor, why buy it in blue when so on the farm is red?
     
  3. farmerknowsbest

    farmerknowsbest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350


    It is cranked up to put out 400hp. Stock it was about 300.

    Why not New Holland. They are the most under rated equipment company out there right now. We looked at Fendt, Deere, Caseih, AGCO, and New Holland. New Holland gave us the best deal and in my opinion had the best tractors in the class we were looking. Not only that, at the moment as far as service goes our New Holland dealer can't be touched. Caseih is next best and JD is by far and away the worst.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Warren
     
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,126

    I agree that the NH tractors are good, they are nearly identical to the CASEIH minus some cab changes and the super steer option I mentioned. If your NH dealer is that good, that explains the decision.
     
  5. 5.0

    5.0 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 120

    Love that White 1270. My grandparents farm ran Whites and a NH combine back in the day. I would like to pick one up one day... Thanks for posting the pics!
     
  6. farmerknowsbest

    farmerknowsbest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    Yea it is a great little tractor. It wasn't much use pulling the heavy modern wagons until we dualed it up and added a lot of ballast to it. Now it can pull the 10 tonnes of fertilizer in the soft worked fields no problem.

    I just want to reiterate. There are 1000's more photos at http://www.cedarlodgefarms.com

    Thanks

    Here are a few more pics for you from 2007 that aren't up on the site yet.

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    Warren
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    All those pics made me feel right at home with my contingent of farming customers, well except for the grain equipment.
     
  8. farmerknowsbest

    farmerknowsbest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    Well you'd do alright around here. We are a very intensive dairy producing area. Though the farms are getting bigger and fewer.

    Thanks for the support on youtube Ron.

    Warren
     
  9. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Takes a lot of stuff to farm. I like the big Case and the Versatile. I have to ask, on the excavator and dozer is it really cheaper to own than hire? Just wondering.
     
  10. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    Well good to see you on here now warren, nice pics too.

    If Ron trys to offer any candy to you, you must turn it down. He likes to pass out his happy pills to new members LOL

    later man, I'll talk to you later on haha!
     

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