Yesterday was backhoe day. I had the whole day planned out. I was going to dig out the irrigation pond. Dig out the irrigation ditch in the orchard and knock down the ditch berm so I would have access to the ditch with my tractor. Then I was going to go down below the pond and fill in the old flood irrigation channels and level out the berm. Over the years the berms have been built up to the point they are super steep and I cannot get into the ditch with my tractor. My goal is to flatten all the berms so I can get into the ditch and clean them out with the little tractor.
|lower ditch below irrigation pump.|
I fired up the little tractor and went below the pond to clean out the ditch. I made it all the way down the ditch to the school house divider fence. Then I drove the tractor down to the school house. My ditch had filled up/cows had eroded the walls because I just used the box blade to make it. Causing the ditch to be shallow and wide, which allowed the cows to erode the walls. There is one huge swamp down there now. I dug old dry irrigation ditch out and then went over into the swamp until I thought I would get stuck then I four wheeled the tractor through the swamp using my tractor tires as a ditch. This actually worked! Now I just need to hit it with a hand shovel for 30 minutes and give it a couple of weeks to dry up. Once it is dry then I can go in and dig it down with the little tractor. I need to get the two culverts into these fields so I can actually get equipment across the ditch. Digging the ditch down is going to make it impossible to just drive thru the ditch so the culverts are necessary.