Jun 5, 2009

Putting Up Hay

John wants to be a farmer when he grows up. There is nothing he likes more than puttering around on his tractor and working the land. All 24.75 acres of it. Not enough to make it a full time job. But a couple times a year, he gets to do the real thing. It’s haying season!

We have some of our pasture and some of his mom’s that we mow for hay every year. It’s actually one of the most stressful times on the farm for me because if we don’t catch it at just the right time with the weather in perfect condition, I’ll be buying hay for the winter. That happened last year. So we have to watch the weather and hope for a few days of perfect, sunny conditions to get it down, dried and baled. John does all the cutting and windrowing. He bales what we put in small bales and our neighbor rolls up the big bales for us. We usually don’t do it all at one time as we don’t want to risk it all should the weather turn on us in the middle of hay harvest. This year we also planted alfalfa. It’s not ready yet, but it should help our winter inventory.

Once the hay is cut, it is a family affair to get it out of the field. I always warn John that I can't help if he makes the bales heavier than 50 pounds. He forgot and these babies were probably close to 65 to 70 pounds. So guess what? I couldn't help. So I took pictures.

Case has a few years before he can handle the 65 pound bales, too, so he gets the easy job. He thought it was pretty funny if we were all standing on the rack and he hit the brakes. We threatened him with 65 pound bales and he straightened right up!

John has no problem with the big bales but I did see sweat on his brow.

McCain conditions at the high school three times a week. He can no longer protest the weight of the bales. But he is sure not to overdo it either. Do you think he knows I'm taking his picture?

Check out the clouds in the background. The evening sky was awesome! There was some lightning and thunder in the distance.

That one doesn't look too big. I think he thought I should have been able to load that one!

Job well done! Ritz thinks he contributed -- he didn't.

We dodged the weather bullet this time but still have the big field to go in the next few weeks.



  1. It's always such a good feeling when you've got the hay safely stored in the barn when rain is threatening.

    You must be extra proud to have grown and baled it yourselves! Kudus to you all!!

  2. That must smell like heaven.

  3. I'm envious that you've got all that grass growing so you can ble your own hay. We only have grass growing once a year in our monsoon season, but it's still not enough to bale for hay.
    Everyone around here buy hay, usually from Colorado or the South Valley, along the Rio Grande River.

    You took some awesome photos. McCain looks like he totally posing. lol! Is he hoping some girls read your blog and contact you for his info? hehe!



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