Hay and Dandelions

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.

July 22

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.

July 22

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.

July 22

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?

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8 Responses to Hay and Dandelions

  1. Kim says:

    I’m glad the weather cooperated with your haying. I have a hay blog today, too. (Great minds!) Our crop got rained on, but the guys got the rest of what was down put up last week, just in time for the baler roller to break. It required a trip to the repair shop, where it is still waiting on a part. Randy hopes to swath again today and hopes the baler part comes in. They finally got a full day of disking in yesterday. They’d only been able to disc 3 days during the last month because of the rainy weather. The weeds are definitely ahead of us. Hope all goes well for you today, Robyn!

  2. Darcy says:

    So glad to hear that you have an abundance of hay – what a blessing! And I had to chuckle about the cement….as often as fields are harvested, worked, etc….it’s amazing the things that “turn up” out in the middle of no where. Glad it didn’t do a whole lot of damage.

  3. Jona says:

    I just love round bales! there’s something orderly about them that makes all seem right with the world…

  4. Linda W says:

    Beautiful landscape photos. Love the blue skies!

  5. Cheri says:

    Cameron and I went to help a friend with his tractors yesterday so he could continue cutting, racking and baling. Quite interesting I must say. I’m always at the tail end of haying, feeding it! 🙂
    What a reward to have an excellent hay season after all the tragedy of last years storms.
    Cheri

  6. Bonnie says:

    Happy you are having a successful harvest. I love the smell of a freshly mowed field. Hope you don’t have any more breakdowns. I spent a lot of my summer waiting for parts in Highmore. They had cold pop in glass bottles, so that was something to look forward to.

  7. Jen says:

    Hooray for great weather, I know how important that is when bailing. I love the gorgeous green views you have. We are bone dry and brown, everywhere. My favorite hay is a 4 way mix of oats, barley and alfalfa and bermuda grasses but sadly no one is growing any around here this year.

  8. Roan says:

    How cool that you worked for the State’s Attorney’s office! Love seeing all that hay in the fields. It’s haying season around here, too. I remember heading off to town to get parts for my brother when things broke down in the field. Seems like there was always something. It’s a lot of work. Glad the weather held for you.

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