officially begun! Two small meadows were mowed yesterday along with a corner of one of the large fields. Today and tomorrow will be a mad rush to get all of it baled into 4 x 5 bales before another good chance of showers rolls in.
The grass had finished blooming and dropping seed.
It was so cool watching the tall grasses wave in the wind but not so cool to watch the clouds of pollen fill the air like a heavy fog over the fields.
This field and part of the big field started yesterday were cut today.
Hubby just started raking the first field he mowed yesterday. Our daughter, Heather, turned it over this morning to help it dry faster in the blazing sun.
First round of raking is half way completed.
The wind rows look four feet tall from where I sit on the porch taking pictures.
It has officially began on Caldwell Farms. I’m going to miss seeing those waves of grain in the field while sitting on the front porch every evening.
The orchard grass is over the backs of the whitetail deer.
The first field cut, raked and baled this year is out behind the barn that’s closest to the house.
This fields total yield last year was 191 and we’re anxious to see how it does this year.
Kubota tractor and rake have completed their work in this field for today.
The spring rains brought us a heavy crop of orchard grass.
The 4×5 baler is hard at work as is the driver of the tractor that’s pulling that baler.
The previous pictures are of the first field which was completed on Friday and Mr. Caldwell has moved on to three smaller meadows today. He probably won’t put anymore hay down until the weekend because it’s calling for heavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The grass is so heavy that it has to have at least two drying days before it can be baled. Wet grass means moldy hay which means sick cows that eat it and bad milk for the calves that nurse their mothers.
Meadow beside the mansion is small but produces big.
Meadow at the stable is the smallest and worst of the hay. We’ve already decided it’s needs a load of chicken litter. The litter has already proven itself on the other hayfields and pasture.
The only issue had this season is the poor quality sisal baling twine.
It’s official-the first hay is down and rolled. It’s so pretty and the bales are so perfect. First he cut and baled some pasture that had some beautiful grass on it and even though it got wet , it dried really good and he got 27 rolls off one small area you’ll see here:
First 27 hay rolls for June 2013. Baled and stored in the house orchard.
This was completed week before last and now look how pretty and green the pasture is where it was mowed. You can see how tall the grass was along the edges of the pasture.
Thursday another part of the same pasture was mowed and Friday & Saturday hubby and Heather tetted, raked and rolled it. Today hubby hauled it off the pasture and I hitched and unhitched the wagon on the pasture and at the haylot. He’s trying to get it moved and stacked before the rain rolls in and so he can move the big herd of cattle to this pasture. There’s a back field connected to this pasture that we can’t get the equipment in this year because of downed trees in the roadway through the woods. The cattle will definitely be fat and sassy when they get in it for about a week. We’ve got three months to get the calves fat for fall sales. I’ve included a up close picture of the grass to make my point.
Pasture grass taller and thicker than whats in the hayfields.
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