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WOOD PRAIRIE EXCAVATOR DRAFTED INTO SUMMER WORK. Top priority this Summer – now that planting is behind us – has been t


WOOD PRAIRIE EXCAVATOR DRAFTED INTO SUMMER WORK. Top priority this Summer – now that planting is behind us – has been to finish up the long-delayed-project of installing underground 6-inch-diameter Schedule 80 high-pressure PVC irrigation main lines.

This final phase will create easy access for all of our Home Farm fields to irrigation water. One recent hot day, Caleb and his brother Peter, were working together as a team. They were using our pond-building 30-ton Case 125B Excavator to extend the trench from our ‘Big Pond’ slightly downhill towards our ‘Small Pond.’ Twenty years ago we dug out this Small Pond with that Case Excavator.

With the sun burning hot, the cool-down opportunity near-at-hand was too good to pass up. In this photo, Peter is in the cab and had lowered the excavator bucket down to the grass by where Peter’s dog, ‘Loki’ is standing. Caleb then climbed onboard the bucket, Peter raised the arm and pivoted the machine to over the pond for an impromptu high-diving board.

Caleb took the first turn and he jumped into the 18-foot deep irrigation pond. Soon after, Caleb and Peter traded places, and Peter got his chance to leap in and cool off.

Caleb, Peter, Megan & Jim




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