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By Golly We Got!
July 18, 2015, 6:19 am
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Even Cinch can't believe that Jake can work on hay in short pants!

Even Cinch can’t believe that Jake can work on hay in short pants!

July 18, 2015

What a day! The weather looked rainy almost all day. It even sprinkled for about 3 minutes around 9:30, but the real rain never came. We almost gave up on doing hay, but like I said yesterday, I will keep looking forward and not skyward. It was the right thing to do.

We tedded the hay about 11:00. I went out with the round baler at 2:00pm and started roaring around the field in the hopes that I would get a few bales made. I never expected to finish those last two fields as thunder boomed overhead, but I did. The last bale rolled out of the machine at 7:00pm. I almost shouted, but instead said a little prayer of thanks.

It sure didn’t pay to listen to the weatherman yesterday. He was full of doom and gloom…and so was the radar. It rained all around us, but our place stayed dry. The sunset was red as I was putting the equipment away, signaling the promise of a great day to come. Tired, sore and happy, I trudged into the house at 10pm after pulling the radiator out of the combine, but that is another story 😮



Its a Wrap!
July 12, 2015, 9:10 pm
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My progress after the last 3 days

My progress after the last 3 days

July 12, 2015

It has been three full days, but the first hay mowing, baling and wrapping, on my farm is done. We beat the rain and things went quite well for our maiden voyage with our used baler and homemade wrapper. It has been a bit of a learning curve for my friend Ron and I, but we can count more successes than failures, so I say we are doing well!

The rain wants to hang around and make things tough on us farmers wanting to make dry hay. The hay is ripe. The clover is tall and falling over. We really need a window for dry hay making to appear. I am so very grateful to my friend. He and I share equipment now to make our silage bales. This is going to change everything for me. The sheep and cattle will really enjoy the sweet high protein bales we just made. The second cutting can grow and we are no longer “behind the eight ball”, as the saying goes.

We will make some more silage bales this week as I wait for a good sunny day to combine the speltz. Things are busy, but I am staying very happy. The sugarhouse addition is complete, at least on the outside. So, that project can wait a little while. The big tank is ready for pick up this week, but installation will wait for the shorter days of autumn…when the haymaking days of summer are behind us  😮

Bagged and tagged...nice!

Bagged and tagged…nice!