Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I would enjoy sharing a stop on the NCRS tours with him because you could always count on some back and forth banter and fun challenges that we shared.
Another great thing I enjoyed was being in Hawaii when he was there in the winter. Besides the beautiful scenery and climate, there was the opportunity to visit the Mid-Pacific Research Station on Kauai. It was his winter lab where he could continue to explore plant nutrition and visit with local growers. It was there that I had the opportunity to visit and interact with Mr. Jim Cassel, on whose property had the research station. There was a great friendship between these two gentlemen, and I enjoyed being with them. He will also always be on my most admired people list. Sadly he passed away in 2008. I will always remember the two of them singing Hawaiian songs with band and hula accompanyment in front of our banquets there. Now they are singing together again.
It is said that Life is for the Living. And that is true. We will all go on about our business and lives. And the company will continue to grow. But it will be different now as new people come to work for, or do business with LIQUID, and they will not have had the opportunity to know Mr. Cook personally. I don't think they will have the same level of appreciation for where we came from. But for those of us who had that great privilege, we will be glad to tell them.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Then we added a quarter of an inch to the depth at the end of the tile, and made a mark on the well. This also was done using the transit. We wanted the depth at the well deeper than at the end of the tile so that the water will flow downhill into the well. It's easier that way compered to flowing uphill. (This will all be clear in a minute.) Here Phil marks where the top of the hole will be.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Here we see Doug pushing the well down into the concrete base. The slats are our depth gauges.
Friday, November 12, 2010
John Paul DeBoer shows the containers of the ground up soil. A small scoop of soil is collected for the different tests. There are samples of a standard soil sample included throughout these trays for quality controls. The tests are conducted in a number of rooms throughout the building, and it looked like a bee hive as everyone was very busy in order to process the volume of samples that come through each day.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
So we were pleased to welcome Mr. Howard Patton, Liquid Area Manager Extrodinaire from Sunray, Texas. Actually Howard has a sister in Midland, MI that he and wife Genelle were visiting. But being in the neighborhood, they dropped by for a visit yesterday, and of course Howard wandered over to the NCRS for a cup of coffee and a look around at all of the new things going on. It was cold and cloudy when we stopped by Farm 7. Now these rolled up drainage tile bundles and the whole tile process were foreign to Howard as the need to get rid of excess water from snowmelt and rainfall is not a common practice in the Texas Panhandle. So it was an educational visit after all. On this day the tiling crew was getting ready to start the tiling process and were digging holes to find the old tile and planning for the tracks and main locations. There was a sugarbeet field across the road on the north side of Farm 7, and they were in the process of loading the beets into trucks for transport to the sugar plant in Bay City which is about 80 miles away. Now this is not a common way of loading sugarbeets, at least around here. This grower makes a windrow of beets at the end of the field along the road and then uses this special tool called a Euro Maus to load the beets into trucks. There is a screw roller on the front that draws the beets into the front and places them onto the belts that carry them to the truck. It is a pretty fast process taking only a few minutes to load this big 2-trailer truck. This Maus has been in the area for a few years, but I had not seen it in operation. The common practice is to load the beets into the trucks in the field directly from the beet lifter. This can lead to all kinds of ruts and compaction, plus down time waiting for the trucks to return. This way they can keep harvesting as the beets are piled and loaded with the Maus later. Pretty cool process. Howard watches and agrees.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
And here is what we will be planting into next year. I guess this proves that we will be back for 2011. This is not the last plot task for the fall. Hopefully I will show you what remains on Monday.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The colorful milo dumping into the grain cart for weighing of the plot's yield.