Leaving for college doesn't mean leaving the farm.

Full Barn, Happy Farmers

Two weeks after starting, hay is finally done! This hay season was extremely hectic for my family because Bethany got selected for an international agriculture trip through I-CAL. (More information on that later!) Which just happened to fall right after her college graduation and in the middle of hay. Since we were missing a family member in our hay process, this year was a learning experience for me. My current experience in the hayfield consisted of a raking disaster and bringing water to whoever was working. I joined in the actual hay process only to put square bales on the elevator to the barn. But not this year! This year, with it being so warm earlier in the spring our hay went early and Dad had our smaller hay field cut and baled by the time, I got home from Missouri State University. Sunday, we broke the ‘day of rest’ rule and hooked up the tractors early to get all of the round bales hauled out. When the day began, I had no idea how to work the hand clutch on our 630 John Deere and I was scared of The Hill.

Working the hand clutch on the 630 was a challenge!

The Hill is the worst part of hauling hay with loose gravel covering a long steep hill on the only road to the hay barn. But by the end of the day, I was working the hand clutch like a pro and The Hill was just a measly bump in the road (not really, it still stresses me out a little).With the smaller field done, we moved right into the next field. Or should I say UP to the next field.

Dad and I heading down the first hill with our loads

Our farm is full of steep rocky hillsides so not only did we have to conquer The Hill but we also had to go down another one before that. Before we could start hauling bales out, I got a lesson in raking the hay. After my fiasco of raking a couple years ago, I was not excited. Rounds later, I dropped Dad off and raking by myself ensued. I must say once I had the hang of it, I was the best hay raker around.

The hay raking rig

Not only was I raking by myself, but I had learned how to drive my Grandpa’s 444 International tractor; marking my hay education up to three different tractors. With hay season just now over, there are still more adventures to come!

3 responses

  1. I remember my first raking job. It was raking straw with an old tricycle front end international. My husband kept saying, “Don’t put your thumbs around the steering wheel. If you hit a hole the wheel can break your thumbs.” So I had to think about my hands the entire job.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  2. Sometimes I wish I had time to help my husband and father-in-law with hay season… other times I’m a little glad I’m too busy! I found your blog through FarmnWife – so glad to see another Missouri girl with an ag blog! Can’t wait to follow you!

    June 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by! I always love to hear about another ag girl blogging in Missouri!

      June 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

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