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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First Cutting 2009

We're a month late getting our hay cut this year. Thank goodness we finally had a stretch of hot, dry weather. The hay on both Polecat Creek Farm and Smith Farm has now been cut, raked, and baled. The hay on the Brown Place will be raked and baled tomorrow.

This is how the Polecat Creek Farm hay looked last Saturday:

The next day, it looked like this:

Nothing smells as good as fresh-cut hay.

Sunday evening—on the longest day of the year—we had a beautiful sunset.

On Tuesday, the hay on Polecat Creek Farm was baled:

The hay on our point field did especially well: 20 bales—a new record for that field.

Here's the side field at Smith Farm this afternoon:

The Smith Farm front field:

Our totals for the two farms: 95 bales on Polecat Creek; 82 bales on Smith. This is the best hay harvest we've had for years.

And we still have one farm to go.

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Blogger Amy Tate said...

ACHOOOOO! My nose is running from here!

4:49 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

We actually just completed a second cutting. It is a good year for hay if you can find the dry days to get it cut. Of course that doesn't look like it will be a problem, now.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

A couple of folks around here have gotten a second cutting, too. But others have also had their cut hay rained on a few times and ended up baling junk hay.

Since fertilizer prices have doubled since last year, it's nice to get a good hay year. Will help offset the cost of making hay.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Sally Roseveare said...

The pictures of the hay fields are so pretty. For some reason, seeing a field full of hay bales is soothing. Maybe that's because I know that livestock will be fed, which means farmers won't be forced to sell their animals, so the prices in the supermarkets hopefully will not sky-rocket. Anyhow, great pictures.

9:47 AM  

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