Trying to Put Up Hay

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. J and I spent the holiday making hay.


Due to the big rain last Tuesday night, haying was put on hold for a couple days.

Thursday morning we got the replacement heifers in to fly tag and pull the bulls off. When we took the bulls back to the “bull pasture” J noticed a hole. He started looking around and saw several holes; prairie dog holes. We spent an hour treating the holes. Prairie dogs are very destructive rodents that hurt pastures.

July 6

Friday was the first day we could get back in the field. I raked and we let the hay air out a bit before J’s Dad baled. Saturday morning there was little dew and we were able to start early. By mid afternoon we were caught up baling. When I say “caught up” I mean that we have all the hay baled that is dry enough to bale. One can’t put hay up wet and there is a possibility of spontaneous combustion if hay is wrapped up wet.

July 6

J cut one filed of hay-bet barley. The oats are ready to cut, but the ground is too wet. Swathers are not made to work in mud. In addition, cutting hay and laying it on wet ground is not good for drying. J found a dry prairie hay field to swath.

July 6

Sunday morning we woke up to the pitter patter of rain drops on the window. Late afternoon and into the evening we got more rain. So goes the challenges of haying season.

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7 Responses to Trying to Put Up Hay

  1. Kim says:

    Randy had planned to start putting the 2nd cutting of alfalfa down today, but with rain in the forecast, he’s holding off. They finally delivered our new swather Thursday afternoon. Yay!

    The guys will keep the tractor going, working wheat stubble, until it rains.

  2. JJ says:

    Very well explained ~ as usual. .

  3. Here they are trying to harvest sugar cane. Trying very hard but yesterday was the first day that has been dry enough. It is interesting reading about your haymaking.

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. It always amazes me how the internet can connect people from across the world.

  4. CountryMum says:

    Yes, this is the unfortunates of hay making. We are at the mercy of the weather. Hope it clears up for you soon so you can get it all finished.

  5. Cheri says:

    Hi Robyn.
    Those ground hogs, or earth pigs as I like to call them! Lol! Are awful! So are badger holes! One year we found a calf stuck in a badger hole. Ugh! Luckily he was alive and fine.
    The guys around here had the 2nd cutting already baled. Wheat harvest is under way. 2 weeks early! We are very very very dry here! Triple digits for weeks!
    It was perfect for pulling Bulls. They didn’t wanna fight or try to get out of their pasture!

    • Robyn says:

      The mole hills are unreal this year. Trying to rake while bouncing around on rough ground keeps things interesting.

      Glad the ole boys were easy to deal with. The cull bull J took to town was a really nice bull. He and J had a disagreement two years ago and he was difficut to pull last year. The morning we gathered bulls to put out with the cows this bull headed to the opposite corner of the pasture. No reason to risk one of us getting hurt due to a bull with a bad attitude.

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