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July 5, 2014
The moon is dry and the wind is right

The moon is dry and the wind is right

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Quality Control Expert

Quality Control Expert

Posting will be light for a bit…

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  1. July 5, 2014 3:46 pm

    May the work go well without any snags.

    • July 6, 2014 6:59 am

      Gunta, thanks, but you know how it goes the hay equipment never breaks down until you’re in the hayfield. A few hours in and we were in the shop, greasy, hot and with bunged up fingers 😦

  2. Karen S permalink
    July 5, 2014 4:50 pm

    Beauty-full! (Hay envy!)

  3. July 5, 2014 7:10 pm

    The job I dread and love at the same time. All the best with your haymaking. Our weather finally turned yesterday and the rain cleared. We need a few days for the ground to dry as yesterday it was still squelching from all the water. Hopefully by the end of mid-week we will be ready too.

  4. July 6, 2014 4:10 am

    we are loading our 200 odd bales into the barns this morning.. your posting may be light but the work ahead will be heavy! remember: don’t use your back like a crane! enjoy, I love the smell of the hay .. lovely thick crop you have there.. c

  5. Chris permalink
    July 6, 2014 7:14 am

    I love that you and Cecilia both has a post today about your beautiful hay…even in different climates. Although you were probably cursing your beautiful hay while you were in the shop! 🙂
    Gorgeous photos…love your supervisor!

    • July 6, 2014 7:24 am

      Actually, I was trying to keep my fingers out of the way while holding parts 😦 There was some cursing though…

  6. July 7, 2014 12:24 am

    you’ve got full seed heads on that hay; ever green chop the early growth and bale the 2nd and 3rd cuttings? The native grass around here — which is what you get unless you work pretty hard to get something else — canary grass – gets big and woody.

    • July 7, 2014 4:47 am

      Bruce, never have, it’s easier to graze it early (first cut) and make one cutting. Second cuttings are rare here, and thankfully we don’t have reed canary…too early and you don’t get much clover. This way we get the weather, and because it’s been grazed once this year already, it’s not overripe like some hay being made right now where it’s not been cut or grazed since last year.

  7. July 7, 2014 10:52 am

    Our weather has finally turned but still possible showers and so we are going for a half cut not a full cut of a field to give us time to get at least some stuff baled. At least if the other stuff goes too far it will be fine for bedding. It is nail biting though. If we had known that these two days would be dry, we might have been tempted to cut, but then that might have ended up making a mess of the ground as it was well and truly saturated. This hay cutting lark is not good for the nerves is it?

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