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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:11 PM

 From a few years ago.

 

The smell of drying hay in the air cut by burn diesel fumes with the crickets screaming it's heads off in early Aug the air is filled with the rattling of equipment with the familiar throbbing of the baler's plunger interrupted by the notters's clack as feet and hand move in symmetry row after row until the wagon's topped off.

 

Motorhacke deere round the field till all eat up with chevys in tow zig zaging the fields depleating the piles.

 

Enjoy.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:18 PM

Man does that bring back memories. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I would work for 3 area Dairy farmers all summer stacking small squares of hay in the mow. Think I made $2.25 an hour my 3rd year and my last year after graduation from high school during the summer I made 2.75 I thought I was rich. Nice pics of doing things the old fashioned way.


Is there any better smell in the world then the aroma of freshly cut hay!!!
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:22 PM

Man does that bring back memories. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I would work for 3 area Dairy farmers all summer stacking small squares of hay in the mow. Think I made $2.25 an hour my 3rd year and my last year after graduation from high school during the summer I made 2.75 I thought I was rich. Nice pics of doing things the old fashioned way.


Is there any better smell in the world then the aroma of freshly cut hay!!!

Fresh cut corn and grain in the seat of a old Deere next to the combine unloading. Comes rather close.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:24 PM

Oh, to have that stack right now. $6-$7.50 each around here right now.....


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:34 PM

Oh, to have that stack right now. $6-$7.50 each around here right now.....

Eh, that's stack no. 3 out of 25 or so, about 375 on that wagon, 7 rows should be 415.

 

Around 3,000 bales in two day between both farms on the same days, 9,000 to 12,000 in a season depending on the weather,.....yes, the weather,.. which is bitter cold right now, looking at those pictures makes me cry, not for spring but for my hands :( from the twine.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:36 PM

Man does that bring back memories. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I would work for 3 area Dairy farmers all summer stacking small squares of hay in the mow. Think I made $2.25 an hour my 3rd year and my last year after graduation from high school during the summer I made 2.75 I thought I was rich. Nice pics of doing things the old fashioned way.


Is there any better smell in the world then the aroma of freshly cut hay!!!


I did it too, except I wasn't paid in cash, Grandpa and stepdad didn't work that way. I got dirt bikes, and snowmobiles, and trips to the US.

But I did get seat time starting at 11 or so, and kept at it till I left the farms
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Grandpa had a pair of Masseys, a 44 and a 444. Step dad ran Case, 730, 930, and 1070.

Gramps was still throwing bales the old fashioned way, right up until he retired.

I love the smell of fresh cut Alfalfa. Not so keen on the scratches.


I used to ride around on the baler and watch for bad knots.

Sux about your weather, ours isn't much fun either.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:42 PM


 

I used to ride around on the baler and watch for bad knots.

Behind the Hesston with the kicker, face full of hay.

 

Hay in places you never knew were ever there,......ah,..ah,..i found it in my :D

 


 


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:45 PM

I was 8 when my dad put me on the seat of the old JD 2 cylinder and said drive real slow and pick up all the hay , then he would jump off and run back to the flatbed wagon and start to stack, he would help me turn around and we would do it again. After 2 years driving the baler , guess who got the big promotion to be on the wagon full time. It was great. Wish I could do it again!!!!
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:46 PM

only real men can stand in the kicker wagon and catch the bales when they come flying at ya
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:52 PM

you guys did not hi-jack my thread, you just gave us 2 topics to chat at, being its still winter and all we can do is dream and think happy thoughts


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 09:54 PM

only real men can stand in the kicker wagon and catch the bales when they come flying at ya

 

It takes technique, a load of wind, and muscles. 
 

Jesse, was that your operation?  I didn't know you cut hay. 

 

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for the pics! The smell of freshly cut hay is wonderful! I get to run the tractor and rake for most of our hay and get to enjoy that smell for long periods of time! We a put a little of our hay and straw in square bales. It is a tiring job, but it's fun to do some baling the old fashioned way(at least in my area).
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:06 PM

It takes technique, a load of wind, and muscles. 
 

Jesse, was that your operation?  I didn't know you cut hay. 

 

Ben W.

Naw, we sold the baler, tether and rake while ago.

This is at one farm, Allans was next, then Bill's, and so on and so on, all local in Hampshire county area, we all work together in a co-op kind of way, families with families.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Thanks for the pics! The smell of freshly cut hay is wonderful! I get to run the tractor and rake for most of our hay and get to enjoy that smell for long periods of time! We a put a little of our hay and straw in square bales. It is a tiring job, but it's fun to do some baling the old fashioned way(at least in my area).

Your welcome,

 Our farms have been here for generations, Mass is a old state, it is a dying way of life, we try to keep it simple and keep it going.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:20 AM

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