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The First Cutting

26 Jun

This week, my nephew did the first cutting of hay from the waterway.

With the warm dry weather we’ve had, it didn’t take long to dry.

The next day, he raked it into windrows.

I love the way it looks when it’s in windrows and ready to bale.

Of course, I like the look of all those round bales out there too.

I’m not sure Maybeline shares my thoughts on that.


Nothing like summer on the farm!

The Hay is In the Barn

3 Sep

I showed you that the waterway had been mown.  Well, Friday evening when I got home, it had been raked into windrows.

I love the look of the windrows winding around following the edge of the cornfield.

I especially like the look when it has corn on both sides.

After it had a chance to finish drying, my nephew came with the baler.

It’s actually a pretty complicated machine.  It pulls the hay into the baler.

Inside, it is compacted together and baling twine is wrapped around it, tied and cut.

Then the bale comes out the back.

He follows the windrows all around the buffer strip.


We didn’t have a huge amount of hay to make and there wasn’t additional help, so he just let these bales drop on the ground.

When he finished, he took the tractor and baler back.

He used his truck to pick them up.

Now they are neatly stacked in the barn and ready to feed the animals this winter.

There’s nothing like knowing the barn is full of hay.

Linking to You Capture where today’s theme is green.

Soybeans are Planted

3 Jun

This year my 26.5 acre field is getting planted with soybeans.  It is certainly time they need to be in the ground, but it’s been kind of a challenge to do that.  You see, the cows were put on the field last fall to eat off the cornstalks all winter.  They have been very content there.

They need to be moved into the back forty so we can have beans in the field.  Right now, I do not have a fence in the back forty.  It’s been torn out, and we have gotten part of it replaced, but it isn’t all in.  It won’t hold a cow.  I can’t move them.

Another problem is the tile we put in last fall.  We hooked the new tile into an old clay tile.  It really seemed like it should work, but between when the nephew ran eight hundred gallons of water through the tile to make sure it was clear and when it needed to drain water this spring, it became plugged.  We should not have this little river running through the field, and we can’t plant beans in a field that is so wet.

That means we needed to clean the tile by jetting it.  Jeremy dug a hole to locate the tile.  Of course the hole filled up with water right away.

We had to pump it out to try and get to the tile.

Then they fed their hose into the tile squirting water forwards and backwards in an effort to clean out the tile.

They made some progress and then got stuck.  They switched to a larger, more powerful hose/tip.  Then they made some more progress, but then they ran out of water.  Jeremy had to go get a tank and fill it with water.  They went back to jetting the tile and making a very little bit of progress.  They had Jeremy dig another hole closer to the fence and they started again.  After three hours, they had gone about thirty-five feet.

At that point, they admitted defeat, and Jeremy decided to sleep on it.  The new plan was to simply run a new line of tile beside the old clay tile.  That was pretty much a full day’s work.  They started close to the edge of my field, and had to go through a soggy corner of Iowa State’s farm and then to the intake at the edge of my property.  Because it was so wet, the backhoe kept sinking, so Jeremy had to keep pulling himself out.

 At the end of the day, Jeremy called and asked me if he needed to fix the fence.  If you can look closely in the picture above, you can see the posts that mark the edge of my property.  See the cows behind it.  Yep, the cows are still living in the field where there is now a gaping hole in that fence between the two wooden posts.

At least I don’t think they are going to go through there since there is a pile of dirt and a ditch there.  I don’t think MJ could walk through without falling into the hole.

This should also keep the water below ground instead of running over the top and cutting a ditch in the pasture where we just filled it in.  This should let the field drain so we can plant beans.

Well, today it was dry enough that when I looked out, I saw this amazing sight.

It had already dried enough for them to spray the field to kill the weeds.  Let’s face it, by the first of June, we had a nice crop of weeds going.  They might have to come back and spray again later.

Look who was standing under the shade of the pine trees checking out the action.

I’m not sure what they thought about this invasion, but they didn’t move the entire time he was spraying.

He finished and left the field.  Before long, I looked out and saw another surprising sight.

The cows were still under the pine trees (It was nearly 100* today.), but now the planter was going right beside them!  My soybeans were being planted.

The cows are still in the field!

They are almost done planting.  He even filled in the ditch where they put the tile in because it had dried enough they wouldn’t keep sinking like they did yesterday.  I guess he asked Jeremy if the cows were on the honor system–staying on my property without the fence being fixed.  I’m hoping he at least pulled the two sides together.  Maybe I should go check that out tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll just leave the cows and just ask them to stay in the buffer strip instead of where the beans are planted.  Do you think that will work?

Now our plan is to try and get the fence in the back forty finished on Sunday.  Hopefully, they will be content to stay in the bean field until then.