Thursday, June 19, 2008

Trade Off

We have a big tractor (Oliver 1850) - that is never "on the farm." Good friends of ours use it on a daily basis to grind feed, and in exchange, we use their big tractor, round baler and square baler to do our hay.

So tonight - 9 acres of hay got roundbaled.

74 round bales off of 9 acres - not the greatest yield, but these hay fields are about 6 years old.

My job was to drive around the fields on the 4 wheeler counting roundbales. It was either that or drive the skidloader moving the round bales off to the side of the field, and I wasn't up for that job tonight.

Tomorrow after work we will small square bale the other 20 acres - or at least until we get 900 or so square bales and then we will say to heck with the rest of it and round bale it if there is a lot left. That will be work, as I'll have to either stack wagons or unload wagons (I refuse to drive the tractor and baler after an incident 14 years ago that involved lots of shouting and yelling on both our parts - it's better that Todd drive the tractor).

I love the look of a field filled with bales of hay.

Unless of course it rains tonight - in which case all of our plans will fly out the window.



Anonymous said...

I agree, hay fields are very pretty.

I remember Jumping from one roll of hay to another when I was a child visiting my great-grandmothers farm (this farm is now my dad's).

Kristie said...

You have been on busy lady! I sure hope that there is no shortage of hay this year like last year! We were really sweating it through the Winter but it all worked out fine in the end.

5 Chicks and a Farmer said...

What a gal! You are an amazing woman.

I'm glad it isn't too dry up there. It is BONE dry here. The pastures have cracks all in them. I don't believe its rained here in 4 all. Crazy!

country mouse said...

WOW! Talk about busy!! I love the look of the roundbales. I grew up just outside of Navarre with fields all around our house. Reminds me of where I grew up :cD

The weather here has been absolutely crazy, so hopefully it will cooperate with you so you will be able to get all that you want to get done done. Hope you hav a great weekend.

jacquie said...

Hey, that's what I'll be doing this weekend! I love when my dad lines up the bales and we go bale jumping!