Updated March Meeting Information will be released after meeting tonight.
We picked up our new 110 gallon sprayer today. The unit was purchased from Tractor Central and looks to be very well built. We should be able to get years of service from it.
Darwin, Emil, Jim and Peter picked up two Ford 9N tractors that were donated to the club. We are assessing what it will take to get them in good running condition. We hope to get one or both of them running and available for members who don't have a tractor, but would like to plow, disc or drag our potato field on the May 12th planting day in West Corners. The tractors were donated from Joan Smas. They were her husband's who has passed.
There will be a Board Meeting tonight, 3/12/2018 at Phil's house at 6:30 PM
Ever wonder why old barns are usually red in color? Red is (or, perhaps, was) a popular color for barns due not to its color shade but for its usefulness. Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. Rust was plentiful on farms and because it killed fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, and it was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color. When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.
On the week of March 14th, 2013, Aumann Auctions had an online auction of the contents of the Tired Iron Museum in Cuylerville, NY. Among the items were more than a hundred tractors and trucks, and hundreds of implements, signs, pedal cars and gas pumps. One of the hits of the auction was a 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX Comfort Tractor. One hundred and fifty of these were built that included an extra seat for your dog or other best friend, a heater, radio, clock, a cigarette lighter, a glove box, and a complete set of gauges. It was capable of 45 mph on the highway. Unfortunately, it sold for $2,150 and that made the comfort tractor a luxury that most farmers could not afford. At the time, brand new 35 Chevy was $560. This one was missing a door, the bumpers, some fenders and sheet metal and still sold for a whopping $68,000. This tractors last home before going to the museum years ago was with an owner in the Southern Tier. I hope he never learns what it sold for at the auction.