Monday, June 29, 2015
Haying -- full tilt...
The weather has turned hot and sunny and so as the saying goes, we make hay while the sun shines! The new equipment has been really great to use, even though we pull the implements with old(er) tractors. Since the rake (third photo down) is pulled by the old John Deere 2520 (open air) it gets mighty hot with the 95* temps and the heat blowing off the engine. As long as I have plenty of water, fortified with some Real Salt, some lemon wedges, and ice, I can go about 3 hours at a whack. In the morning it's quite pleasant to rake hay, but after high noon or so, we usually call it quits until evening. I like to bare my skin for a little while in the early sunshine, but the majority of the time, I am covered up from head to foot to keep the sun off. The bugs have been minimal -- an occasional deer fly bite here and there and sometimes a swarm of gnats comes along, but generally, it's been fairly bug-free for me.
So far, I think we have upwards of 600 round bales of hay and many more to come. Hubby thinks we'll get somewhere around 3000 bales by the time we are done. That's a lot of hay for us dry land ranchers. What looked like a drought in mid-May turned into a bumper hay crop for us in June. We also missed a lot of hail, tornadoes, and flooding that were in the area. It's been just about perfect here.