Life of a Country Girl

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A Day of Bailing Hay: Part 1

on October 15, 2012

When you roll out of bed at 6:30 in the morning,  smell that fresh brewing coffee to keep your tired eyes awake, you eventually start up the Chevy and drive to the field and see the heat rising off the tall grass, you know you’re in for one hell of a day.

Before firing up the ol’ tractor, you have to make sure all the damp droplets of due have been melted away by the sun. After you know the pasture is nice and dry, you start up the good reliable international tractor. This is the tractor you’re going to cut your crop with. These tractors are the worst when it comes to weather. You have the sun beating down on you making you have a miserable morning. When the hay is down its all a waiting game from there, you have to wait about two hours for the grass to become some what dried out. While I’m waiting for that I usually take a nap in the bed of my truck and get some nice cold water in my system. I also usually bring my dog with me and she’ll sleep with her head on my stomach, watching my every move

After the grass has been down for a couple hours, you start up the little Massey tractor, back that thing up to what we call a tedder. Now the tedders job is to spread all the grass out so that as the humid sun raises high in the sky it will dry a lot faster.  This job takes about an hour to an hour and 30 minutes, the worst part about it is you are going around in circles with nothing to protect you from the blistering sun. I usually wear a pare of blue jeans, my boots and a white tee shirt with the sleeves ripped off. If you wear shorts your legs will get these little tiny cuts from where the hay stabs into you when it get dry enough. The best thing to grab before headed out the door is sun screen, or you’ll will get very burnt.

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