Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hauling and Preparing

When cropland is in the Conservation Reserve Program, there are rules that must be followed.
As a method of weed control, every few years it must either be clipped or hayed. Clipped would mean that the CRP grass would be cut and left on the land. This year we decided to hay this ground.
The CRP produced a fine hay crop, lots of bales for the cattle to munch on next Winter. 
It has been warm and windy this week. I heard a weatherman say that the seasons are doing battle and wind is a result. The way that Summer is keeping our temperatures warm is by blowing a big wind up out of the South. Fall will cool things down in the next couple of days and we know that we likely will not see Summer again for a long time.
But the hay bales look cozy in their neat stack. This ground has been mowed, raked, baled, and then the bales were stacked. The last step is to haul them home before the snow flies. 
It feels good to see the hay piling up near the yards where the cattle will spend the Winter. Of course, we don't rely on CRP hay. Cattleman Jim has alfalfa and other grassland hay that has been baled and awaits hauling. 
If you look closely the barley is peeking out of the top of the grain cart.  
Ron and Casey fill the grain carts while Jake and Farmer Fred haul loads to the nearest Busch elevator. Notice on the photo above that Casey is watching the cart fill from his perch on the bin. We are happy to get the barley moved out before the soybean and corn harvest begin. 
We haven't had a frost yet, so are waiting for the soybeans to drop their leaves and dry down for harvest to resume in GriggsDakota

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