You’ve heard it said many times – make hay while the sun shines. Well, it’s finally shining here, and the frenzy is on.
Every John Deere, Kubota, International and ancient M-F is out there cutting, tedding, and otherwise getting the grass made into hay. These pictures were taken just over a week ago, when we had a non-rainy spell, and our top field got cut. Imagine blue skies, and a different field, and it’s the same action everywhere I look today. Hay Guy is a die hard John Deere fanatic. I think he has a fleet of about 8 of them, but I have no idea which models are which, sorry.
In the picture below, the uncut patch in the middle bottom was left last week due to impending rain, but it got cut yesterday. In fact you can see from the grass colours that he cut this field three times in the end.
I do fear for our small black cat when hay season is on – she must look just about right to the various eagles, vultures and ravens circling above the cut fields, waiting to dart down for a tasty mouse or rabbit. She’s a keen mouser/rabbiter herself, so I hope she’s not oblivious to her place in the food chain when concentrating on a hole somewhere.
When it’s finally time to make hay, farmers really do get a kind of fever – they are driven to get the whole job done in a short window of good weather. It’s stressful, because the crop can be ruined if the weather changes at any point during the process., but because of that risk, the satisfaction when the crop is safely under a roof is wonderful.