Soybean harvest has now been underway for nearly 2 weeks. Occasional rain showers have interrupted progress, but a short break to take care of machinery and other chores is not unwelcome, as long as it’s brief. For the most part, the weather has been typical of late September, warm & sunny during the day and cool & damp during the night. Mike Walstead reported that the beans he had been harvesting in Rutland Township on Monday, September 19, were at 10% moisture, almost too dry to harvest, as extremely dry beans may crack or shatter during the harvesting process, converting them from a valuable commodity to dockage. The light shower on the morning of Tuesday, September 20, .06 of an inch according to Paul Anderson’s electronic gauge, halted combines for the forenoon, but most were rolling again by Tuesday afternoon. Gary Thornberg reports that the soybean harvest has been proceeding at a brisk pace in Weber Township, and that yields of 40 bushels to the acre, or better, seem to be the norm.
If you are looking for a 1929 Model A Ford, fully restored and in perfect running order, Doug Spieker has all of the parts you might need to build one. Doug has the Model A chassis, a 1929 Crown Victoria body that was manufactured for Ford by the Murray Company, engine blocks, transmissions, wheels, radiators and all of the other parts needed to make a fully restored classic antique automobile. Doug, a skilled mechanic, machinist and metal worker, had intended to do the restoration work himself, but, after several years of pondering the project, finally decided that he has too many irons in the fire and just needs to let some of them go. Give Doug a call at 724-6298 if you have a hankering to follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford and build a Model A. The Model A Ford was built from 1928 through 1931 by the Ford Motor Company. It was the successor to Ford’s famous Model T, better known as the “Tin Lizzie,” the automobile that put America on wheels. The Model T was built from 1908 through 1927, with only minor modifications over those 20 years. The Model A had a more rounded appearance than the Model T, actually had all 4 doors, had a standard transmission and had real brakes, among other improvements. At the time it was said that in making the Model A, Henry Ford had “…made a lady out of Lizzie!” “It’s all there.” says Doug, the master’s touch is all that’s needed to bring her to life.” Read More