Around the Farm


WOW! There are many things to do around a farm. There are many buildings, vehicles, tractors, and pieces of equipment that I have never heard of before. There are animals to be taken care of and every piece of equipment and building needs to be looked after.

Every piece of equipment needs to be looked at and regular maintenance is done. If there is something broken or wore out it needs to be fixed or replaced. Keeping the equipment running properly takes quite a bit of time and it takes money to buy the parts.

During each working time of year, each piece of equipment has to be serviced every day. A service consist of checking the engine, hydraulic, and other oils; checking the coolant level, greasing points on the equipment that have zircs, blowing out air filters, blowing the equipment off, and a visual check to see if things are broken or need to be attended to.

There are some neat sights to see on the farm, too. There are beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Sometimes there are old tractors and pieces of equipment that farmers used in the early to middle 1900’s. There are jobs that need to be done every day and fun is always a must on the Blair farm. There are different seasons and new and different ideas and practices to see. There are also visitors to the farm. So let’s take a look at some different things on the Blair farm.

Andy on Hay

Andy Leaning on Tall Wheat

University of Idaho Agriculture Mechanics Class

Fixing a Flat Tire & Putting Calcium in for Traction & Weight

Andy & Tools Fixing the Combine in the Shop

The straight rows of peas from using auto-steer on the tractor looking towards the Camas Prairie

Hired man Dean king and Andy behind the combine looking over the combine before harvest

Dean and Andy checking out the rotor and belts on the combine

Dillon and Andy fueling the quad-trac (it holds 300 gallons and if it was filled each time it would cost $1,200)

Dillon greasing the unloading auger

Grain truck overlooking the Clearwater and Potlatch River canyons

John Deere 8520T tractor and grain cart going to the combine

Old Holt tractor from the early 1900’s at the world ag expo - Holt tractors became caterpillar tractors

The Krehbiel family from Hydro, Oklahoma – Robert attended a leadership train session with Jeff Krehbiel who is not pictured

Larry Smith is the Nez Perce County extension agent standing in front of wheat variety trials – tests of different wheats are conducted on different farms to identify the best ones for an area

Logan standing on the caterpillar 65e challenger – can you find him?

Logan on the combine taking a break from working in the shop

Logan & Dillon shooting paintballs

Logan raking apples to keep the wasps and hornets away – he does this every day

It’s OK, Andy is safe from the mean looking yellow-jackets

2008 saw a very good snowfall that had to be plowed every day – this is the start of the early spring thaw that fills the ground water and streams for crops, irrigation, recreation, fish & wildlife

The shorter looking crop is weeds where no crop or chemical was used – weeds create competition with crops for nutrients, sunlight, and water – if weeds are not controlled farmers would produce less

Dry pea fields that need to be harvested along pine creek canyon – can you find the elk and deer trails in the peas?

Before the snow started thawing, the pile of snow was taller than the well house Andy is standing on

A praying mantis is a beneficial insect that eat bad ones and they come in different colors to blend into their environment

Dillon working inside the combine before harvest – he is just the right size to fit in the compartment

Andy is in position to go for a ride on an unmanned air system (UAS) – a UAS is a plane that has an autopilot and can fly and land itself – Robert is leading United States agriculture in its use and he uses it to take pictures – the pictures are used to identify weeds, insects, disease, and elk damage and can also be used to show where chemicals and fertilizer should be placed instead of on a whole field – some farms could use the images to place water where it is needed.

The Blair’s like to BBQ steaks, hamburgers, fish, vegetables, fruit, and ribs – they also make their own BBQ sauce and Andy is making sure he is the first one in line

A side compartment is off of the combine so that the rotor can be worked on – the rotor is what threshes the wheat kernels from the plant so that it can be shipped to market

There were many forest fires in Idaho in 2007 and the smoke was everywhere – fire during harvest time on a farm is the biggest danger and thing farmers worry about most -farmers keep water and equipment handy to fight one.

Even though the sky and sun are pretty through the smoke, farmers always have to watch for fires – there is not enough time for fire crews to put out a fire on a farm before it gets out of control

Robert and his partner, Jed Dennler, started a business called Pinecreek Precision and articles were written on them in several agriculture magazines – they are leading the way in the united states for commercial application of unmanned air systems and the commercial use that they are targeting first is agriculture – some of the articles are on another page or folder.

There are some beautiful sunsets during harvest time – the sun is setting in the west and Andy’s back is towards Moscow and Genesee

Andy is standing in front of a wheat variety test plot – there are ten different varieties of wheat that need to be harvested – the results will help Robert chose which variety is best for his farm

Winter wheat seedlings that were planted in October of 2007 – these plants will be harvested in august of 2008 – can you find the elk tracks in the wheat field?

A beautiful sunset with clouds and wheat – there is not much that is prettier



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