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Hay Time

It’s that time of year again already. Hay time! Unfortunately this is a rough time of year for Garett. He has allergies that really get him down. Between the hay and the pollen he’s pretty much attached to his nebulizer. Every 4-6 hours on bad days. It doesn’t seem to slow him down too much though. He has some trouble getting his breath, but he keeps pluggin along.

How have I made it this long without a cab tractor? I would not mind to drive the 7010 for days on end. I see how folks are able to farm such large acreages now. The cab and air makes it so much easier. I actually look forward to cutting hay this year. The 7010 does a great job with the disc mower too. The 6000 had some trouble with the 8 ft cut in tall thick grass. I’m really happy with the rake I bought last fall, although I’m going to have to replace the tires on the dolly. They’re dry rotted and only hold air for a day or so at a time. The Vermeer roller is still holding up great, but after riding in the cab of the 7010 I kicked myself for not having the dealer install the twine tie box on the 7010. I was not nearly as comfortable out in the sun on the 6000 rolling hay as I would have been in the cab on the 7010. I meant to install the box myself, but time got away from me. I thought I would find a good used square baler and not roll so much this year, but they seem to be as rare as hen’s teeth. Looks like new may be the way to go for me. I just hate buying something and having to work on it.

Everyone is getting in on the fun here. Hay has been cut on every farm around. Just like most years I’ve been hopping from field to field rolling up what couldn’t be done with slow or broken down square balers. Most folks here would rather have squares, but I don’t think anyone local has a square baler newer than the 80′s. That could be a good niche to get into. It will most likely take a year, or even 2 if we build another set, to get the chickenhouses lined out where I can get away a lot. After that I’m hoping to lease some of these run down farms and get the pastures in shape to cut and sell square bales from them.

Well, as always there is a ton to do and I’m not getting it done sitting here so I’ll close for now. Be sure to check out the pics I’ve added and check back soon!

7 Responses to “Hay Time”

  1. Father of Five Says:


    We live in a rural town, surrounded by many farms…

    My boys attend a private school, and one of my third son\’s closest friends is a diary farmer.

    My boy LOVES going to his friends farm, and hanging out for the day… He LOVES helping his friend out with his chores!

    (I POSTED ABOUT THIS a while ago!)

    About a month ago, my friend\’s father herniated 5 spinal discs… He has been bed ridden for a while, and it kept getting worse. He finally had to go in for spinal surgery..

    I had one disc herniate, and cannot even imagine what FIVE of them would be like…

    Anyway – the farm boys (ages 11 and 9) have been doing their chores, and doing their father\’s work on the farm too. My boys have gone over a couple of times to help, and I am pretty good friends with the wife… (She works outside the farm, and in a field closely related to my own)

    I have told them to call me anytime if they need any help… I was slated to come out and help with their first haying, but a neighboring farmer put in a whole day on his farm, and half days on this family\’s farm..

    I just got home from work, and I was told that my middle boys (ages 12 and 11) are over at the farm helping out AS I TYPE THIS..

    I love having my son be part (even just a small part) of helping out around a working family farm!
    I love your blog for that same reason!!
    Keep up the great work!


  2. paintsmh Says:

    I can totally sympathize with Garrett. My allergies and asthma used to really nail me this time of year. Now I just get nasty head aches and sneeze perpetually with the occasional coughing fit. Now I just have to combat the constant fatigue from not being able to sleep well.

    Hope you get lots of hay. We were just ready to start haying and it hasnt stopped raining since dad got the first load baled. So we are trying to at least do some chopping. Not working so well at the moment.

  3. paintsmh Says:

    Oopps sorry Garett. Didn’t mean to put in the extra r.

  4. joelw Says:

    Father of Five,
    Make sure you give all those boys a pat on the back. They deserve it for stepping up like they have. All of them! Farms teach lessons that nothing or nowhere else can teach and it’s good that they’re learning! We’ll all be praying for your friends speedy recovery!

    They say you grow out of the allergies and asthma, but as you get older it comes back. Sure hope not!

  5. Ray Says:

    Square bales are always in demand everywhere and it seems they are getting more rare as times passes on. I think the thing to do is get a new square baler (there were some nice models at the farm machinery show in Louisville in 2007) and probably follow that with a automatic stacker – as at least around here it is hard to get the manual labor that will work that hard and/or keep up – and when you do the expense on the labor makes it all but impractical.

  6. David in Ga Says:

    Hey Joel, is that a 258 New Holland rake? And if so have you put on the third row of teeth or thought about it?

  7. Soares Says:

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely pleased I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!

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