My View The Last Few Days…

Sunday

The back NW pasture.

We have 4 hay fields on the ‘home place’ all in different stages of harvest.
Some are waiting to be scattered out to dry, some are raked/wind-rowed, some fields are ready to bale and some are being baled.
I’ve tried to get pictures these last few days of those various stages.

 

 

Sunset over that northwest hay-field. 

 

Monday

Happy Anniversary Alex & Kayo.
Is it 43 yrs now? Or 34?
I can’t keep track of my own let alone theirs!
Wild daisies are what Alex picked for Kayo’s wedding bouquet… 100 of them.
I took this picture of a farm up the road.
Rest assured, Todd would not let a “noxious weed” such as daisies infiltrate his fields!
Wedding flower or no.
Party pooper.
Sure is purty huh?!

 

 

Sunrise with a skim of fog over the next field to cut – front pasture. 

 

Late Monday afternoon…taking it down.
I’m sure that’s not a crooked row, just a dip in the field.
Not. 

 

YUM! 

 

All you need is salad dressing. 

 

Tuesday

Jake is running the ‘tetter’ implement on the recently cut front hay-field.

 

 

He’s “tettering” the hay as they say… basically scattering it around so it dries well. 

 

Todd giving me the sign that the baler was fixed (again) in record time.All under 8 seconds…uh, I mean 8 hours.Or I could have completely misunderstood and he’s doing a Rain, Rain Go Away Dance

and saying, “It’s all under control we’ll be baling soon”.

Hard to tell and I try not to ask questions – remember?

 

 

Ah HA!
Caught them leaning on the machinery.
North East pasture. 

 

Break down.
Hello! …It’s a baler.
It’s just weird when they run right for very long.
This was not the same one he’d been working on earlier in the day.I had to verify that with Jake just now cause we have three and I can’t tell the two look-alike ones apart.

 

 

Testing the outer row to see if we can round bale it.
We more often than not round bale the outer edge because if there’s gonna be any weeds it’ll be there. 

 

Jake baling. 

 

Still baling… 

 

Todd takes over so Jake can come back to the house and eat some dinner.
The unit that is dumping the bales off is the Accumulator.
The thing gets 10 bales and it trips a trigger on the side and they slide off.
Obviously the red thing is the baler itself. 

 

Todd didn’t get far.
Jake noticed the next bale out of the baler was jammed in the track on the accumulator. 

 

He cuts it free and starts throwing it off to the side. 

 

Jake takes care of it flake by flake while Todd waits in the air-conditioning.
 

 

This saved his dad from having to get out and fix it himself.
Good boy Jake!
He throws that hay over into the next row so Todd can bale it up on his next pass. 

 

“Now run for the house as fast as you can Jake before it happens again!” 

 

After some dinner Jake gets a little time to mow at home, which by the way only takes us 1 hr with the zero turn as opposed to the old mower that took us 3!
In all fairness we don’t have to bag the grass anymore and haul it out to the manure pile at the NE pasture. 

 

Nope, there weren’t any raking, round baling or “loading of the bales out of the field” pictures.
You didn’t think I’d bore you all at once did you?!

Have a great rest of the week!

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10 thoughts on “My View The Last Few Days…

  1. Dee,
    Your view the last few days has been great again. I love your second picture of the sunset and the one piece of hay standing up! Very pretty. Should be in a “Coffee Table Picture Book.” The farmers here are cutting hay also and I think of you guys and all your hard work every time I walk. One question– do you ALL wear sunscreen? I was happy to see Todd has sunglasses. I assume that most of the time they are not on the top of his head.

    So, Jake, where is your first paycheck going?

    Hope there is no more equipment breakdowns.
    J-
    P.S. Do you guys had to deal with horse flies? Man they are BAD here!

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    1. Yes, we all wear sunscreen tho most of the time we’re in tractors that’re covered, not unlike being in a car/truck all day really. And no…those are actually tinted safety glass and they’re normally not on the top of head but on his face. ;)
      Horse flies are so-so. The horses are on their summer schedule of staying in their stalls all day under their fans and out at night so no biggie for them.
      There will be plenty more equipment breakdowns…it’s what equipment does!
      Oh and Jake says with all the $ he’s gonna make that he’s gonna buy his mom her own laptop so he can have his back! :)Yah right.

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  2. I don’t think Jim could have looked at these pictures this morning as he was still in hissy-fit mode, but they finally cut our hay today. One month after he thought it should have been done!
    I wonder how many bales Todd has put up in his life time, well of 100,000? Or does it just feel like that.
    New black background! You are getting good, better, best!

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    1. Glad your “hissy-fit hay-field” finally came down :) Probably better keep an eye on Jim he might sneak off, buy a horse drawn mower and rake and at least get that field that far next time!
      I bet when Todd sees your “wonder how many bales…” he’s gonna sit and think about that and I’ll have a real number for you soon.
      Thanks on the background…like the black but also looks like weird marble tho and not exactly in keeping with ‘farm stuff’…looking for a way to change that next:) thanks for the compliments and thanks for noticing!

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  3. The pictures were great as usual. I know the few times we have been their how often Todd is working on the equipment and the balers. The one summer grandpa and I went out in the filed and sat on buckets to keep him company. If I remember right that one extended into days.
    We keep learning so much about farming from you guys. It would be a good basic book if anyone wanted to learn the long process of all the different steps to farming.
    Jake I am glad you finally hear from the farm manager that you had some summer employment. It sure makes a difference when you turn 14 and you legally can work on the farm, seeing you live their. JAKE YOU HELP YOUR DAD SO MUCH. VERY PROUD OF YOU.

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    1. MY FAVORITE DAUGHTERINLAW AS USUAL COMES OUT A GOLD MEDAL WINNER. TERRIFIC PICTURES OF FARM LIFE FOR US CITY SLICKERS. LIKE KARLA SAYS, YOU SHOULD MAKE A BOOK OF SUNSETS AND FARM LIFE. TELL JAKE HE IS CARRYING OUT A TRADITION OF FARMING OF GENERATIONS FROM THE RICHGELS AND RADERMACHERS. ALSO JAKE THE TRADITION OF 10 PER CENT OF YOUR CHECKS TO GRANDPAS, I’M SURE YOU WILL CARRY ON. RIGHT?
      MAYBE YOUR MOM WILL SEE TO THAT. THANKS AGAIN FOR PICTURES. ALSO TELL TODD TO GIVE JAKE A RAISE SO MY PER CENT IS HIGHER. GENE

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  4. HE NEEDS LOTS OF HELP AND YOU DO A GREAT JOB THERE.JUST DON’T FORGET JAKE THAT THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH I LIKE MY PER CENT CUT.GRANDPA

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  5. Great Photos! Love the new look of the blog.

    Jake probably won’t be smiling as big when he does his taxes for the first time! Ha. But it sure is fun to get paid.

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