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When we moved to the farm in 2017, I knew enough about farming to fill a thimble.  Today I know enough to fill a measuring cup half full.  My hay knowledge shot way up this past week observing our first hay baling.

For a long time I thought hay came pre-bundled in squares and bought at feed stores.  I never understood that the hay was grown and “packaged.”  Once, when I was in Colorado, I saw these big rolls out in the meadows.  When I asked what they were, I was told, “well it’s hay … that’s what we use to feed our livestock in the winter.”  Well, I’ll be …

This past week I finally learned how that big roll was created.  First the grass is mowed (which takes hours).  Then allowed to dry.  Then it is raked and fluffed before baling.   Tractors pulling large equipment pulls the grass in, fills the bale in the baler, then it is spit out the end.  I couldn’t help but think it’s kind of like a cow birthing a calf.  (Just like we experienced a few weeks back.)  This hay-baling stuff takes more time than I spend in the kitchen preparing a meal (which is zero or less).

We now have and selling a total of 66 big rolls of fertilized rye.  Hubby is now busy fertilizing and planting new grass.  Work on a farm never stops, which is good, I tend to get bored.

I’m grateful for this experience and grateful knowing I’m never too old to learn something new.  This week I learned something else — ordering my groceries on-line.  Now I can spend less time at the store and more time supervising hubby!

Preparing the fields for any crop begins many years before the crop is ready to harvest.  It requires perseverance, diligence, hard work, and patience – but, ah, it’s always worth the wait.

 

 

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