Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Third Cut: Paint dries faster

My brother-in-law Dens is raking tedded (spread out to dry) hay back into neat rows to be picked up by the baler.
Beautiful fluffy piles of hay.

Two days later, flatter and browner, but still too wet to bale. This is why we don't make bales: it takes too long, is labor-intensive, eats up gas from fluffing it over and over, and if you do it wrong, it all goes up in smoke.

What I mean by that is, if this hay is rained on it will rot and have to be burned as it lies. If it is baled too wet, the bale will heat up and combust. It all ends in flames if it's not done correctly.

If we had made silage, it would be done by now.

This is a close-up of the tined rakes. They look a bit on the Medieval torture side, don't they?