Our telephone was on a party line, and we answered it according to our specific ring. When we installed CB radios in our farm equipment, we were at the height of technology. (My CB handle was Song Bird.) No more trying to figure out what Dad wanted via hand signals. He could call us and tell us on the radio. A pair of pliers was in a holster on your jeans pocket, but there certainly wasn't a cell phone holder beside it.
When you think about all the changes in the past 50 years, it's amazing that one piece of technology has remained much the same. The windmill is a tool Kansas farmers/ranchers continue to rely upon. We are no exception.
|The Aermotor Co. has been producing windmills since 1888.|
The guys replaced a driven water well point, which had been plugged with gravel and corrosion. They pulled that mechanism and dug a cased well. Underground water flows into the well. The pump sits below the water line. When the windmill turns in the Kansas wind, that energy runs the pump and brings the water to the surface, where the cattle can drink their fill.
Some rain would help green up the pastures, so we'll keep praying for rain. If we don't get rain this month, we'll likely have to move cattle home two months early. The verdict is still out about whether we'll keep our feeder calves this winter.