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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Decidin' time

So now it's time to do some decidin' on when to bale this Alfalfa. It's a process that you must go through every time. Listen close, you might need to decide something.
First you must drive by your alfalfa field real slow like. Really slow. You must pause thoughtfully and stare at the alfalfa with all your might.
Now you can't drive by just one time. It takes at least 2 or 3 times to get a good full view of the field. About this time you need to get out of the truck and take a closer look.
Yep, still can smell it. That's a good sign. Your cap should need adjusting right now and you should tilt it to the side just a bit because you can think better that way. Grab your overall straps or your belt loops and slide those thumbs through. Now close your eyes and take a deep breath. When you open your eyes you should stare again at the alfalfa. Bend over and grab a bunch...
It it crunchy? Is is drying? ( Don't worry about that ugly hand, it's just a prop used for this story.) Is the wind blowing? Does the alfalfa still look green underneath? We don't want a bale fire if it's green. We don't want it too dry either. We want the livestock to eat it. Good Golly, the weight of the bales is literally in question here!
Well, we got a little much needed rain today. The process above now must be repeated. That's okay though because we did plant some of these yesterday:
It would have been better to have the hay in the barn and all the fields planted but... it's alright. It will get done. C.B. thought maybe it would rain so much the ground would crust over and then he thought....... then his mom told him to quit being such a farmer. haha.

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