September 25, Farm News

Early morning looking down the hills.

Early morning looking down the hills.

This has been very good, nearly perfect, fall weather.  The only improvement that we could ask for would be warmer nights.   The daytime temperatures are forecast to be quite good (20 to 25C range) all the way to Monday at least.  There are still lots of veggies growing in the garden that will appreciate the warm weather

A lot of field to be cut.  It is about 10 acres in size.

A lot of field to be cut. It is about 10 acres in size.

We are going to do a late cut of hay.  At this time of the year it can be difficult to get enough dry days for hay to get cured sufficiently to bale so we are going to bring in this hay loose.  This means going out in the field with the wagon and walking beside the wagon with pitchforks and fork the hay from the field windrows up on to the wagon.  It would be better to have a hay loader towed behind the wagon but we don’t, ours is broken and it would be better to have several wagons and more people but we don’t.  However even with the single wagon it would be very useful to have more people with forks to throw up the hay and have one person on the wagon, in addition to the teamster driving, to spread the load.  So we are looking for volunteers for Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.  It will take us at least that long to get the hay picked up and drawn to the barn and mowed away.  It is fairly hard work, a lot of walking, and pitching hay, often up quite high, onto the wagon and will go from late morning until the team is tired maybe 5 p.m.  I’ll use the truck too to get a little extra on.   But the work is all outside except for spreading the hay in the barn hayloft (the mow).  We’ll have to use the new team of horses on the wagon, so that will be an adventure in itself.  Give us a call or e-mail if you feel adventurous and would like to come help.

The tractor and hay mower getting ready to cut the hay field.

The tractor and hay mower getting ready to cut the hay field.

The mower disappearing over the rise.

The mower disappearing over the rise.

Still cutting.

Still cutting.

On the way, the smoke/dust arising from the machine is actually the water vapour as the grass is wet with dew and it is getting flung wildly through the machine and the crimpers.

On the way, the smoke/dust arising from the machine is actually the water vapour as the grass is wet with dew and it is getting flung wildly through the machine and the crimpers.

Still cutting.

Still cutting.

The hay field is at the neighbours, but near to us, maybe a quarter mile or so down Kirby Crescent.  It is the closest and most accessible field for us.  the neighbour will do the cut with his tractor and mower which does a cut 13 and a half feet wide.  The adjustments at the back of the machine will be set to put the cut hay in a narrowed and high windrow to make gathering easier but still speed the drying.  Since we are doing the hay loose we can tolerate a little more moisture than if were to make bales since then it is packed pretty tight in a large package whose centre does not dry easily and would rather go moldy.

Two rounds done, lots more to go.

Two rounds done, lots more to go.

The horses on early morning pasture hills.

The horses on early morning pasture hills.

Marta, Nell and Leucan.

Marta, Nell and Leucan.

Leucan. Bigger and bigger.

Leucan. Bigger and bigger.

The somewhat impatient cows waiting for their early morning hay.

The somewhat impatient cows waiting for their early morning hay.

Ducks getting their early morning drink and swim.

Ducks getting their early morning drink and swim.

This chicken is being trained as a duck herder.

This chicken is being trained as a duck herder.

Two of the Buff Indian Runner ducks.

Two of the Buff Indian Runner ducks.

The duck herd grazing the grass.

The duck herd grazing the grass.

 

 

 

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One Response to September 25, Farm News

  1. Robert Feagan says:

    Leucan and the ducks with the Elvis pompadours look great!

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