Originally Posted by trip286
I have some very fond and special memories of square bales. Baling hay is almost a rite of passage for some folks.
When you have several thousand you have to get in, and they each weigh between 60 and 100 pounds depending on whose farm your helping out at... if you can keep up, you're one of the men.
It was such a big deal, farmers from my area scheduled their cuts so that no two farmers had cut hay on the ground at the same time. It was a community effort, putting the youngest and the oldest on the tractors, and everyone else trying get it done.
Bad year for hay in Upstate NY, way too much rain, most has gone to seed and falling over. My Brother in Laws been chopping and filling the silo but hes gonna need the silos soon (If the damn corn matures). Its either 8' tall or 3' according to where and when they planted, not gonna be a good year for farmers in NY.
I threw bales from the time I was 9 and Ive got the scars to prove it! Makes me itch just thinking about it. One farm I worked baled 8o lb bales and had no kicker or sides on the wagons, that was a workout but paid an unheard of $5.00 bucks an hour plus Koolaid! Finest kind!
I went into electronics for a reason, farming was way too much of a commitment for me, I take my hat off to all of those Americans who feed Us and half the rest of the world, you do gods work!