The old saying goes “make hay while the sun shines” and that we are doing. The month of July has been good haying weather. We’ve had sunshine, no rain and enough breeze to help things dry.
Last week we got the forage winter wheat and oats put up. We started working on “The Field That Never Ends” Friday evening and 24 hours later the tractors were parked back in the yard. Using net wrap on the bales makes the process go a lot faster than traditional twine tying.
Sunday afternoon and yesterday we pecked away at raking and baling more grass/alfalfa hay. With good luck, J and I should have everything baled today. We have a field of CRP to hay after August 1st and maybe a little more prairie hay.
My friend Amy wrote an article for our local newspaper called “It’s Hay Season, Let’s Get to Fixin!” We have been doing our share. Friday morning J’s Dad and I went to service equipment only to find one of the rake tires went flat … again. This is the 3rd time this specific tire has gone flat. After getting the tire patched, on the rake and broken rake teeth replaced we had troubles with the baler. While working on the baler J found a bigger problem, a busted bearing. The guys made a parts run and got up and going after supper.
Sunday, J ran a large piece of cement into the swather header. By the time T and I got over to help J had the cement dislodged and damages assessed. It looked like we could fix it; two hours later J was back to swathing.
Monday brought more rake issues, but it didn’t take long to fix. Apparently breaking the rake at the beginning of haying season has been an omen.
We are glad to see a haying break in our near future. I am ready for a meal that does not include a ham sandwich or eating in the tractor.
We have been blessed with an abundant hay crop and good weather. This is the best hay crop we have harvested in the 10 years J and I have been on the ranch. After the May 25th hail storm we experienced in 2013 we are glad to have so many bales to build up our reserves.
How is haying season going at your ranch?