Been chopping the last 2 days on silage corn, then switched today to alfalfa/orchard grass/johnson grass. Well, it's still too damp, but in the process of trying, we had a close call. Dad plugged the chopper, then went to back up while clearing the pickup head. He backed too far & jackknifed the wagon hitch to the chopper & pulled out the hitch plate on the chopper. The dump wagon took off through a fence & coasted to a stop on the middle of a ridge. Had it turned either way, it would have went down steep hills, & most likely been destroyed. This wagon costs going on 20 grand new & is only -5yrs old!
Luck was on our side today. Dad's judgement is not as sharp as it once was, but then we all make mistakes at any age. I know I do! We're switching back to corn silage after lunch & letting the hay dry down more. May not chop it until Friday.
Edited by olcowhand, August 26, 2011 - 02:57 PM.