How is hay season going for everyone? I hope it's off to a better start than last year's. We're praying for rain across the country and watching the long-term forecasts with a cringe. Thought it would be a good opportunity to share a few words from my minister's mind during last year's hay season when … Continue reading 200 Bale Peace of Mind
Besides being song lyrics from one of my favorite bands (Turnpike Troubadours), this pretty much sums up my Thursday. Getting started a 6 o'clock, really doesn't make much of a difference if it never cools below 80 degrees. Even at sunrise it doesn't take long to break a good sweat. Grulla and I headed out … Continue reading Long Hot Summer Day
Not much of a Photo Friday this week. There's been some long hours in the hay field and a bit of time on the brushhog as well. Unfortunately this has included plenty of time with breakdowns, being covered in grease. We've just 1 more field to cut to finish up the first round of hay … Continue reading Photo Friday: Hay Season Fun
Hay season is well under way, and with any luck we should finish up with another week of cutting, raking, and baling. However, some rain is in the forecast this week so we'll gladly take a break for the pastures to get some moisture. In the video above I walk ya through one of the … Continue reading A Look At the Hay Mower
If there's one thing synonymous with hay season, it has to be equipment breakdowns. There's always something. If it's just twine on the baler snapping or the frame on a mower cracking, it'll happen. Not many farmers and ranchers are lucky enough to have all brand new equipment, so that's why learning preventative maintenance is … Continue reading Breakdowns and Hay Season
Last night I was doing some digging around on facts and figures of hay quality. Scooter Moody (@moodycattle) forwarded me a link to a great fact sheet on hay quality. The topic I was looking at is Moisture content. Have you ever heard of a barn burning because the hay spontaneously combust? Well it'll combust alright, … Continue reading Spontaneous Combustion
Just a short vlog from the hay-field the other day while I was waiting for a second opinion that the hay mower was broken and that it wasn't operator error. Turns out it was something done wrong while piecing it back together.
Thank goodness its Friday! On Fridays I will post a photo from the ranch and discuss the subject. Take a gander and see if you can guess what we are looking at… It's hay season in Arkansas again. We just baled our first fields yesterday and things are off to their usual start. The transmission in … Continue reading Photo Friday: Hay Season!