Peevish Pen

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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.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


In the spring, area dairy farmers cut silage to feed their cattle. This year is the earliest I've ever seen silage cut. Some farmers cut in late March; others—like the one who leases land across the road from my house—cut in April. 

The other day, I heard the sound of a tractor and the rumbling of trucks. When I looked out, I saw this:

Wednesday's rain interrupted the silage collection, and the fields have been drying for a couple of days.

The wagons wait for the field to dry enough for the operation to continue.




Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

It's truly picturesque.

You should tell what the silage is. All the dairy farms I've lived around, and all the trucks rumbling by transporting it, I've never quite understand what silage is.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Silage (actually ensilage) is green fodder that is stored for feeding cattle. Silage can be made from corn, oats, wheat, or other grain crops. The entire plant is chopped up and used. It used to be stored in silos, but now is often kept in a concrete bunker-like thing covered with plastic. Because the silage ferments, it can't be fed to horses.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Is the concrete bunker-like thing the big rectangular shaped things that if they were empty, you could back a truck into it? I see them and they are covered with tarps or something.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...


7:28 AM  

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