I've been noticing the farmers are sure busy around, but not real close to our place yet. Yesterday I did get to visit with my farming neighbor and learned just a little bit about one farming implement.
On the back of his tractor was a "one tripper". Now I don't know if that is what it is really called, but the machine looks really complicated from a distance. Hoses, disks, spiked prongs, what sorta looked like hand mower reels, and strange corrugated wheels made up this implement. It was hooked to the tractor via a hydraulic lift/ram system and the tractor was equipped with "saddle" tanks.
Once I got a chance to look at it a bit more closely, and found out what was in the tanks, it's pretty easy to see what it does...put fertilizer in the ground in preparation for seed planting. Now that may not seem like any astonishing revelation, but to this city slicker, it's the very first time that I've learned exactly what and why a farming implement does what it does and learned the advantange/disadvange of same.
Notes from the weed war zone... Weekly skirmishes are keeping the enemy at bay. The battlefield itself has proven to be a tough opponent though as rusty wire and metal scraps have been located in numerous locations intent on damaging the light assault vehicle's main weapon (riding lawnmower blades). Fortunately, damage has been minor and quickly repaired, and supply lines for more of these hidden dangers have been cut off.