Friday, August 10, 2007

Raking Hay

Edited to add the photohunt sticky button. These qualify for this week's theme of ROW.

Depending on the weather - heat, moisture, etc. - the hay is raked anywhere from one to five days (or more) after it's swathed. While swathing is done during the daytime hours, raking has to be done when there is the right amount of dew on the hay. If it's too dry the leaves (where all the nutrients are) fall off. The rakers have been getting up at 4:30 each morning and usually get done about 8:30. Half-a-day's work is done before breakfast!Two rows of swathed hay are rolled together to make a windrow. This is Eve's first year of raking. Doesn't get much better than this for an eleven year old! Just a close-up of the rake rolling the hay.

Couldn't resist this shot with the dry, barren, beige mountains in the background.

18 comments:

wild murdocks said...

Yea! I love your farm pictures! Lots of delightful information.

You go Eve! You and Rosie the Riveter!

Sad about the baby deer--some of the harsh realities of farm life.

It sounds like Joseph and the boys are getting it all down. I was there when you just started and were still working out the kinks.

Hope your all doing well, and great photo's.

Inga said...

Thanks so much for the farm pics. It is really interesting. When swathing the hay are you just cutting the hay? Are the rakers preparing the hay to be bailed? I noticed that you have square bails, farms around here all have round bails, is there a reason why you do square? Sorry for so many questions. I love that you daughter drive a tractor!!

alisonwonderland said...

nice choices for "row"! happy photo hunting!

Indiana Amy said...

Beautiful! Nothing like the country!

Michele said...

I love country pictures. Very nice!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

PowersTwinB said...

Working a big farm needs family members to pitch in. What lovely mountains in the background also. Mine is up, please stop by.

Inga said...

LOL, I wish that there was a spell check on the comments. I spelled the bale the wrong way.

tegdirb92 said...

I love that last photo--reminds me of the farm life.

CRIZ LAI said...

I just love the serene and unpolluted country side. Nice shots for the theme. Happy Weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/08/photo-hunters-row.html

MommyKnows said...

Great shots! Way to go Eve, girl power :)

I guess there is tons of girl power around your house?

I like that the kids help out on the farm.

MK

athena said...

the colours are awesome montse.

Lisa said...

I thought of you when we drove up I-15 last week into SLC. The farms and huge sprinklers are all about life I will never know. It all seems so beautiful although I know it is tremendous work. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Paulie said...

Beautiful entry for rows.

Come see mine.

Lei said...

I can't imagine how much fun that must be for her! Great pics!

Kassi said...

Great pics! I can't believe Eve is old enough to rake! For me, when a family moves, in my mind, their kids never get any older!

Corrie said...

When we visited my cousin in Canada, the girls favorite part was getting to drive the combine and rolling the hay.

Great pics (luv the hubby eye-rolling comment). Eve is already driving -how cool!

Lei said...

Btw, I've awarded you the Nice Matters Award. Stop by and see! ;)

Tiffany said...

MeMe's just letting you know I finally got around to going those.