For Folk who Wonder How Hay is made.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by theoldchick, May 26, 2011.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Crowing

    Feb 23, 2010
    Are we supposed to share haying stories gone bad?

    We picked up a load in the far field for a farmer once..the guy
    paying us four cents a bale. His son was driving the tractor. Had
    to cross a shallow creek at the ford. Son missed the crossing, flopped
    the the load over in the water.

    Farmer was mad.

    Hay was wet. We had to gather it again for free.

    Brother and I went back that night and stole some of his watermelon patch.
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010

    This is a rake. This device rakes the cut grass into a row so the baler can pick it up.

    I don't have a photo of our tedder, but this device has prongs on a rotating disk that simply turns the hay over so the sun can cure it properly. Tedding (or fluffing as I call it because I'm a girl) is the most overlooked process of making hay. Some people think turning the hay in unnessary but if you have a thick stand of grass, tedding must be done or the hay will not cure and leave moldy spots.

    Thanks for looking everybody, and feel free to tell your haying horror story!

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