Friday, August 24, 2012

Mowing Hay

 We are not the first, nor do we hope to be the last, to fix up the old barn. The farm has been here since our family homesteaded in the late 1800's. A barn, in some form has been here nearly as long as the plow.
This barn was lowered several years ago and now wears new shingles and some finishing touches. It seems to be rejuvenated as it stands guard over the haying of nearby Conservation Reserve Program acres. I really cannot remember the last time this land was hayed, although it has been clipped as required by the CRP contract. 
 Mowing is the first step to haying. The mower cuts the grass near the ground where it lays and cures or dries.
The hay lays in the sunshine until it is dry enough to rake, then bale. The bales must be removed from the CRP land by September 30th this year. That will give wildlife an opportunity to establish their Winter habits before the snow flies. 
 The mower sickle lies very near the ground as it is pulled across the field.
 The heavy blades move horizontally between the guards.
Each triangular cutting blade is referred to as a section. 
The guards look like spear tips and lift the grass while it separates into the cutting section. 
 While the old barn remembers stalls and pens of cattle and horses.
We are still making hay in GriggsDakota

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