December 17, 2010

The Great Saskatchewan "Stuck In The Muck" Photo Contest

Bring your boots.


h/t to reader ivbinconned (who has a request.)

Posted by Kate at December 17, 2010 7:37 PM

Done and bookmarked.

Posted by: Speedy at December 17, 2010 8:05 PM

I voted yesterday and sure am happy that I am retired.

Many farmers had 4wd tractors waiting on the field in case they were needed.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 17, 2010 8:42 PM

I voted this morning when I came across the link in the earlier thread.

All those stuck combines are sure indicative of the rainfall Saskatchewan had this year. I hope not too many of them got bent pulling them out. Expensive iron to fix.

Posted by: syncrodox at December 17, 2010 8:45 PM

A pictorial of a hellish 2010 growing season.

Unfortunately we went into freeze-up with the fields still saturated, and so far our snowfall is way above normal to this point of the winter. (Yeah I know, we're not even into winter until next week, but nobody told the thermometers that!).
So come next May, we can expect a whole lot more of the same.

BTW, this isn't province-wide. Half or more see local conditions as quite favourable and are ready to capitalize, and I do wish them well. Such is the industry, where often prosperity only comes at the disadvantage of someone else.

Posted by: Snagglepuss at December 17, 2010 9:35 PM

I remember back in the late 60's on one particular farm always getting stuck!!

Glad those days are LONG gone.

Here is a pictorial of a year in farming in Southern Ontario for those that might be interested.

Posted by: gl1800 at December 17, 2010 9:44 PM

Where are you at Snagglepus?

Posted by: syncrodox at December 17, 2010 9:52 PM

Syncro- East of Saskatoon, North of Regina, not far off (north) of the Yellowhead.

Posted by: Snagglepuss at December 17, 2010 10:20 PM


The folks tell me it was a wet fall around N.B. as well. Guys putting track drives on their combines to straight cut.

At least it ain't the dirty thirties ;-)

Posted by: syncrodox at December 17, 2010 10:43 PM

Syncro- (N.B. = Battleford, I hope).
Yeah, a few guys around here did that too. Not cheap by any means- over a hundred G's on some units. Some did that, others just dualled up, front and back- the only thing that kept them topside.
Yer right, not the dirty thirties. '88 was one year that tried to replicate, but was short lived. At least now there are more insurance type programs to dull the hurt.

Posted by: Snagglepuss at December 17, 2010 11:08 PM


Yep on the N.B. The Stock Market, Vegas and farming. Except for the honest work bit the first two are identical to the last.

Posted by: syncrodox at December 17, 2010 11:30 PM

Snagglepuss, '88 was the year I had to get everything dried. Lots of extra work and expense.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 18, 2010 12:19 AM

aah, but for the good old days...they weren't easier by any means. But much simpler.

Posted by: kelly at December 18, 2010 12:56 AM

Just when you think you've seen everything on the internet, the "Stuck in the Muck" website pops up. Just thinking of how difficult it would be without a tree in sight to get out of some of those situations. Every "stuck in the muck" situation I was in during my summers of working in the bush was easily solved by wrapping the jeep winch chain around the closest tree and slowly winching the jeep out of the muck.

BTW did cast my vote.

Posted by: loki at December 18, 2010 1:39 AM

Except for Corb Lunds song I got nothing to say. Only that I was all ways the one who had get wet to hook up the cables.MONSTER

Posted by: MONSTER at December 18, 2010 1:57 AM

Vid bubbles at 2:06

Posted by: eastern paul at December 18, 2010 7:44 AM

Alright I voted for Wayne, but I think Murray Treble REALLY deserved my vote...that is the saddest and funniest sight I think I've ever seen.

Posted by: mecheng at December 18, 2010 9:51 AM

The one tire is off the rim too.

Is this somewhat related to Dion's "Izzy jobs" comment?

Posted by: allan at December 18, 2010 10:57 AM

Agree on Murray Treble. It takes a person with a great heart to label that last pic " Done for the day".

Posted by: small c conservative at December 18, 2010 11:18 AM

You sure about the year Ken?
'88 was a hot drought year for us, some crops hardly worth combining. Or did the rains come late?
Too far back...

Posted by: Snagglepuss at December 18, 2010 11:23 AM

Correction: the caption read " Done for today "

Posted by: small c conservative at December 18, 2010 11:27 AM

Some of these could also be entered in the "What the hell were you thinking?" contest, eh? At least avoid the standing water boys.

Posted by: Paulie at December 18, 2010 1:12 PM

Except for the honest work bit the first two are identical to the last.

Except for the perpetual free loading the honest work bit may apply.

Posted by: phil at December 18, 2010 1:23 PM

Scenes like this is why my brother-in-law keeps his excavator loaded on the float during a wet fall harvest. It isn't much drier over here in rural Ontario fellas...only we have tile drainage in the ground that helps get some of the water away.

Posted by: The Glengarrian at December 18, 2010 2:49 PM

My yard was dry enough I mowed the bottom of the "pond" in August. Vultures were snacking on the fish.

Today that pond is six feet deep and almost ready to skate on.

If the county would fix the ditch beside the road there wouldn't be a pond at all. It isn't a wetland, its a drainage problem. If it rains one more time by Christmas we'll have skating in the front yard as well, and right across the road.

Sask takes the prize for getting stuck though. The best one is the guy with the sprayer and the two buried excavators. Second best, the guy's backhoe submerged in the dump. That's a classic.

Posted by: The Phantom at December 18, 2010 6:08 PM

The worst disaster is the photo of Bryan Tucker of Estevan. The D-11R Cat is a massive machine. It can weigh up to 250,000 lbs W/dozer and ripper. A JD 9670 STS weights about 35,000 lbs. A 500 HP 4 x 4 ag tractor weights in w/o ballast at under 40,000 lbs.

Posted by: Jack Frosst at December 19, 2010 1:00 AM


John Deere 9630 tractor (525 HP) full ballast weighs 54,000 lbs. That's one fifth of the D-11R.

Posted by: Jack Frosst at December 19, 2010 1:10 AM

No Wikileak here...

It shouldn't be a secret...when one thinks about it, this "Flaman" contest really isn't about the "best photo".

The winners, and rightly so, will be the ones who have drawn the most viewers to the Flaman web site.

This is no doubt one of their goals and of course the public awareness brought to the harvesting challenges that so many had to face this past year.

It is their great idea that has made this all a reality. can vote for Wayne's picture ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY, for the next two days.

Just TWO days left!

Posted by: ivbinconned at December 19, 2010 1:36 AM