From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, June 06, 2008

First Cutting

Hay season



Hay bales

Most of our neighbors have already made the first cutting of hay. About 99% of the hay was put into big round bales, like these. In most fields, the bales are numerous, thanks to ample spring rains.

It's been hot this week, and most days we've also had a strong wind. Those who were making hay had no problem getting it to cure. The hot wind dried the sap out of the hay in short order.

Farm machines are raising a lot of dust in the fields, lately. We could use a rain, but I don't see much hope in our forecast. Over the next week, our best chance for precipitation is 30%.

2 comments:

ptg said...

We have plenty of rain, but also an outbreak of alfalfa weevils.

Genevieve said...

Mild winter, plenty of moisture in the spring -- I don't know about alfalfa weevils here, but I do know we have an big crop of ticks this year.

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