Baling Hay

The same day we finished planting the corn and beans, we also baled hay. (It was a long day.)

You mow hay with a haybine.

IMG_4173I thought I had another picture of the haybine from the side, but I can’t find it now. Anyway, see those metal wire sticking up on the top? Those are prongs attached to the reel.

IMG_4227The reel turns and the prongs “comb” the hay upright so it can be cut by the knives. (No picture of the knives.) Then the hay goes through the two black rollers which crush the stems. Crushing the stems helps release the moisture so the hay dries thoroughly.

The hay comes out the back of the haybine. We are able to change the width of the hay that comes out. Remember, when we wet baled, we made windrows? We want to dry bale this hay, so we set it to lay flat.

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There is a little space in between these rows, but not like the windrows.

We let the hay dry for several days, then we rake it. This turns the hay over so the bottom is on the top. It usually needs more drying.

IMG_4171After the hay is dry, we bale it. The hay feeds into the baler and the auger rolls the hay into the chute.

IMG_4188The arm pulls it into the chute. When the arm is up, there is a plunger (inside the baler) that packs the hay into a bale.

IMG_4194Yes, the baler gets very dusty and dirty from years of use. The baler has a space for bales of twine. The twine feeds off the twine bales and run through the baler.  There are two “knotting gears” that automatically tie the knots on the bales. The hay keeps feeding into the baler and formed into bales. The bales push each other up the chute . . .

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And the farmer stacks them on the wagon . . .

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And keeps stacking until the wagon is full.

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We filled the 3 wagons, unloaded 1 and refilled that one. We have the full wagons in the shed until we have time to unload them. Here’s a picture of one of the wagons in the shed.

IMG_4200There are 150 bales of hay on that wagon. We baled all the hay we had down but there is more hay in the field to be mowed. The forecast is  calling for rain, so baling is on hold for now.

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3 thoughts on “Baling Hay

  1. Very cool, Mom! I love how your blog has transformed a bit from talking about quilting to educating about farming. You’re awesome! And these photos are great!

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