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Late harvest and Australian-made harrow top the news in Pandora, Ohio

 

We had 1.5 in. of rain last week. The week before we had 3.5 in. of rain so harvesting in Ohio is way behind schedule. In northwest Ohio I think 62% of the beans are harvested and only 15% of the corn. In other blogs that I have read I learned that very little has been harvested in northeast Ohio, and our relatives in Pennsylvania had 6 in. of snow on Saturday. This week has rain forecast for several days, so I doubt if much will get done in the fields this week. I can't hardly believe that farmers in the heart of the Midwest are already done with their harvest. 

At Farm Science Review in September I saw an unusual tool on display. It was called the Kelly harrow. There were small-diameter (maybe 12-in. high) dull disc blades rotating on a shaft of heavy chain. The Kelly Company is in Australia. My first impression of the tool was there has to be something to this thing or it wouldn't be way over here on display. When I found out the price of the tool was $62,500 for a 30-ft. model and $77,500 for a 45-ft. model I seriously doubted that they were going to sell many of these tools. Since then I have found out that they are being made in America only 15 miles from where I live at the Remlinger Factory in Kalida, Ohio, and that they are being painted at a factory only 7 miles from where I live. I was told these tools are selling like hot cakes. People who have rocky ground are finding they can drive at high speeds and still not break anything. For more information on the tool, visit www.kellyharrows.com.  

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