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8A THE SUPERIOR EXPRESS Thursday, November 2, 2017 ! for the railroads. Each train ran accord- ing to set time schedules. Watches were set to the regulator clocks at each terminal. Clocks were available in dif- fering sizes. The Superior clock is al- most five feet tall while many of the schoolhouse and depot clocks were much smaller. The Superior clock has maintained accurate time for more than 106 years. And once again, this week, it will be reset by hand to reflect the time change and provide a constant in a world of change. Weather Indian summer may be over for this year. A wide-spread killing frost cov- ered the area Saturday morning and light snow was observed Tuesday. If the old adage that the first day snow falls determines the number of times it will snow that winter holds true, we are in for the maximum number of 31. The National Weather Service indicated as much as a half-inch of snow could fall on Trick or Treat Day but the tempera- ture is expected to be more moderate for the rest of the week with little chance for precipitation Superior Observations for CoCoRaHS Precipitation This week in Superior ..................... 0 Precipitation this year .............. 27.38 Temperature Report Rick Disney, observer High Temperature this week ........ 78 Low Temperature this week ......... 17 eftbrt to save time. The few seconds saved are insignificant when compared to the loss of expensive farm equip- ment or weeks or even months in a hospital bum ward. Follow these safety practices: • Never refuel equipment with the engine running. Always shut the en- gine off. • Allow hot engines to cool 15 min- utes before refueling. • Extinguish all smoking materials before refueling. • If fuel spills on an engine, wipe away any excess and allow the fumes to dissipate before starting the engine. Be prepared for fire In the rush to harvest it's often overlooked, but starting to harvest a field on the downwind side can help keep a fire from spreading. If a fire does occur, the fames will be pushed toward the harvested portion of the field. Always carry two fire extinguish- ors on the combine, one in the cab and one you can access from the ground. Also carry a fire extinguisher in your grain hauling equipment. Always carry a cell phone or alter- native for communicating with others in case of an emergency. If a field or equipment fire does occur, call 911 before trying to extin- guish it yourself. Have a tractor hooked to a disk near the field you are harvesting, but lo- cated where it wouldn't be affected ifa field fire should occur. If using a fire extinguisher, stay between the fire and your path to safety. When using a fire extinguisher, re- member to PASS (pull, aim, squeeze and sweep). Pull the safety pin on the extin- guisher, aim at the base of the fire and squeeze the handle. Sweep the extin- guisher back and forth while releasing the contents. Following these safety tips can seem like common sense, but with the long hours and the rush to get harvest done, sometimes these are forgotten. Fire prevention, safety tips offered for harvest season In the 1920s, trains carrying mobile By John Wilson, train is in Farnam. extension educator After a wet start in late September of exchanging purebre~l animals for "Checking the fields will also help and early October, harvest is now pro- scrubs in order to improve the state's growers to priorize those areas that are This clock has kept accurate time grossing across the state. While getting dairy herds, weakened and most likely to go down for more than t 00 years of Superior the crop in is your first priority, don't The newly formed Nebraska Dairy with snow or more high winds. High School students, It was present- make safety your second. Development Society, the agricultural In 2015, Nebraska faced similar ed to the high school by the Glass of Besides my job for Nebraska Ex- school at the University of Nebraska, challenges and Marion Calmer, farmer 1911 and is now located next to office tension, I have another job, that of a O"md farm under and the stock breeders of the state and president of Calmer Agronomic in the current high school building, volunteer firefighter and EMT for ai- construction ill joined the Burlington in the 1924 cam- Research Center, Lynn Center, I11., most 35 years. Each fall our calls in- paign. In October the train stopped in shared his recommendations for har- Time to change crease, largely because of field fires Webster County thirty-one towns. The train itself con- vesting downed com. Each tip is listed, during harvest. Combines can present Wind turbines are sprouting in sistedoftwelvecars:threecarriedlive- but it's worth the time to view the Who says you can't turn back the problems unique to their.use. To stay WebsterCounty.TheRedCloudChief stock; two contained dairy exhibits; presentation where Calmer discusse~ hands of time'? Area residents can do safe from fires combine operators reports the Cottonwood Wind Farm one served as a demonstrationcar; two each recommendation more fully and just that at 2 a.m. Sunday morning should check for: shows photos of how and where to when daylight savings time comes to • The build-up of combustible crop project expects to invest $130 million, held feed and equipment; and one pro- pay approximately $9.4 million in taxes vided accommodations for personnel make the combine adjustments. Each an end and we return to central stun- residue around the engine and exhaust and return more than $30 million to accompanying the train. Statewide harvest situation, manager, and com- dard time until Sunday, March l l, system. 2018, when we again return to day- • Concealed drive belts and pulleys property owners. The project expects press and radio gave active assistance bine differs. Making just two or three to have a 30 year life and employ six to to the campaign. Will Maupin and H. of these adjustments may be all that's light savings time. whichcanoverheatduetofrictionwhen l0 people. H. Biggar, two of the leading farm needed, Calmer said, to improve your Peacetime standardization of day- there is an accumulation of crop resi- When completed the project is ex- writers in Nebraska, covered the entire harvest. light savings time in the United States due around them. • Install auto header height on your took place in 1966. Prior to that, it was • Electrical wiring and connectors pected to generate enough electrical tour. energy to serve 45,000 homes. Each The "Nebraska Purebred Daily Sires corn head. used during WW 1 and II. The time that have become wom or frayed, re- turbine location requires excavating Special" was well attended, with a • Flatten the corn head angle to 20 change occurred on the first Sunday in suiting in sparks which can ignite grain April and reverted back to standard dust, crop residues or fuel vapors. 2,500 cubic yards of soil. The hole is high of 4,066 visitors at Broken Bow degrees for downed corn so gravity is time on the last Sunday in October thenfilled with 70,000 pounds ofrebar and a low of 734 at Greeley. A second less of an energy. Corn tends to slide Maintain equipment and 350 cubic yards of cement. The inspection trip was arranged for Octo- up and over the hoods a lot easier when secondPri°r tOsunday2007. Itin nOWMarchbeginSand ends°n theon Preventative maintenance is key to rotor blades will spin in a circle with a ber 1926. preventing many of the fires that occur the first Sunday in November. As a result of this train, many farm- the head is set at a flatter angle. on farm equipment. Good preventa- 380-foot diameter. The turbines are There isoneclockinSuperiorwhich tive maintenance not only prolongs approximately495feetfromtheground ers acquired their first purebred stock, • If the corn is lodged "with the has experienced allofthe time changes equipment life but also reduces fire to the top blade tip. and the number of cows bred to pure- row," steepen the corn angle. since WW I. Located next to the office hazards. If you haven't done so al- The project requires 130 miles of bred bulls increased considerably in • Synchronize gatheringchain speed to ground speed. (If you're running in at Superior High School is a large oak ready, here are a few things you can do cable and the construction of approxi- each locality. The 100,000 or more cased pendulum clock known as a regu- to prevent fires: mately 40 miles of roads, visitors to the train better understood standing corn at 2 mph, the gathering lator clock. It was presented to Supe- the virtues of purebred dairy stock, chain should be making 27 revolutions rior High School by the Classs of 1911. • Keep all bearings and gears well per minute.) The clock has been keeping time ever lubricated to prevent heat buildup and Mobile educational • Set the clearance between the tray since in both high school locations. It " keep lubricants at proper levels, trams helped spread Tips for harvesting and cross auger flighting at 2 inches for was manufactured by the Frick Clock -Repairanyleaksinthefuelsystem adjustnlents for downed corn. (Opening up the gap allows more of the dislodged material Company of Waynesboro, Pa. It has a and any damaged electrical wiring, settlement in Neb. downed corn to move over the poly hood.) second feature added. It has a mecha- .RepairorreplacedamagedorwornRailroads played a big role in the nism which controlled the ringing of out exhaust systems. In addition to a settlement of Nebraska, but one aspect As ifraindelays weren't frustrating • Open stripper plates. the bells in the high school building good exhaust system, a spark arrestor is often overlooked: trains as mobile enough this harvest, a broad swath of .Usemoretaperfrombottom totop located on tenth Street.. can be installed to catch burning par- education units. In the 1920s they were southern Nebraska experienced high on stripper plates. The Frick Clock Company special- ticles. The arrestors'are easy to install used to spread information to help dairy winds last Monday, Tuesday, Thurs- • Center the stripping tunnel above ized in manufacturing school and fac- and require little maintenance, farmers, day and Friday, downing corn and leav- the stalk roll tunnel. tory bell, whistle and other annuncia- By the numbers After the depression of 1920-21 the ing 20-70 bu/ac of grain on the ground • Synchronize gathering chain lugs tor device program clocks. They were The National Ag Safety Database Burlington Railroad sought to revive insomeareas,accordingtoJennyRees, to be opposed from one another. used extensively in schools to control estimates that combineandtractorfires freight traffic in its western territory, extension educator in York County. • Attach metal paddles onto every classroom bells electrically. The Frick cause more than $20 million in prop- The Burlington and other companies Bob Klein, extension crops specialist other gathering chain lug to increase clock in Superior is one of the last erty losses annually in the U.S. and hadpreviouslyexperimentedwithspe- in Western Nebraska, advised growers the conveying capacity of chain. manufactured by the company with millionsnaorebecauseofdownedcrops cial educational trains. Of special in- to scout their fields to assess the extent • Install acorn reel. Fred Frick in control. He sold the com- and lost time during the busy harvest terest to Nebraskans is the "Nebraska of damage when deciding how best to • Take off any end risers or tall corn puny in 1911 to Frank Landis who season. Combine and tractor fires also Purebred Dairy Sires Special"of 1924. harvest it. extensions. continued to producethe clocks. Landis cause 40-50 serious injuries each year. The 1924 Burlington campaign to im- 'Tm seeing some fields where the • Remove rubber ear savers. later sold the company to J.G.Mumma The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's prove dairying in Nebraska was part of stalk was snapped off above the ear. It • Add weight to poly divider snouts in 1930. The Cincinnati Time Recorder Office, working with data from 37.5 a general plan to encourage farm di- looked bad from the road, but the to help them stay under the canopy. Company purchased the company in percentofthestate's firefightingunits, versification and to reduce production grower should be able to harvest it. In • Grind the wear shoe tips of the 1937. reported the following farm-related costs. Since 1913 the Burlington had some fields it may be beneficial to dividers or shim to give more pitch to Regulator clocks were once found fires for 2016: encouraged dairy development in No- harvest the field in one direction so the help them stay under the canopy. in railroad depots, stores, factories and Combine, threshing machine, hay braskathroughexhibitcarsandthrough snoutscangetundertheflattenedcorn, •Usestalkrollswithrevolvingwin- dows,o Start harvesting on the down- schools. The term regulator clock is a processing machine or other powered the purchase and shipmentofpurebred dead heading from the field end to the wind side of the field. genericone,describingawallmounted, equipment-- 39 fires dairy stock for Nebraska farmers. The beginning to continue harvesting in weight driven clock with a pendulum. Rural areas, including open field 1924 plan for the most dart consisted the same direction," Klein said. Consider turning the gathering Many different styles were devel- and farmland areas -- 249 fires chains around to increase aggressive- oped over the years. They reached their Other causes, including hot, smol- peak popularity in the late 19th and deringobjects, embers, conducted heat, early 20th century. They were consid- and undetermined -- 30 fires ered accurate. Improved designs al- Use safe fueling practices lowed for temperature compensation. 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Some farmers are first harvesting any standing corn with a combine, then returning to the field t9 try to reclaim the corn on the ground through one of several routes. Some growers are us- ing a V-rake to windrow the stalks and then coming back in with a windrow pick-up (bean) head on their combine to pick up stalks and ears from the ground. Harvest needs to be slow. as little as 1.5 mph, and the stalks and clumps of dirt will be hard on the combine and may cause it to plug. One grower had good luck tying down the rake's wheels to keep them from riding up and floating over the corn stalks. Not surprisingly, this harvest process can be hard on rake teeth. Other growers are using a flail chop- per to finely cut the standing stalks and leaf material, then using a hay rake to gather the cut material and corn on the ground into windrows. Then they are using a combine with a windrow pick- up bean head set to run close to the ground. After the flail chop, other grow- ers are baling up the plant material and corn and processing it for feed. It's recommended that the nutrient content of the feed be tested due to the above average level of corn it contains. Some growers also have looked into rock pickers. Others are going the human route and paying FFA or other youth groups to manually harvest affected fields. One for the books If you want to talk about library late fees, you' I1 have to include the one that could have been charged to the indi- vidual who took out The Young Lady at Home by T.S. Arthur, said the Asso- ciation of Mature American Citizens. It was returned to the Attleboro Public Library in Massachusetts nearly four decades after it was borrowed in 1938 and, if the library wanted to levy a fine, it would amount to some $2,800. Li- brarian Amy Rhilinger told a reporter for WPRI-TV: "A gentleman was cleaning out a friend's basement and saw the book had our markings and a due-date card. 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