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All this power for 3 steers, 

Wait.....there is an End to Haying!?!??   These are second cutting  this week. after tomorrow, only 100 acres left of second. Then it looks like there will be a third cutt

Well if I don't get stupid and try to go cut around some water holes in the horse pasture, I am done mowing! Bout darn time too. Had some to put up before I ventured into the duck pond.  Fell asl

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On 8/15/2020 at 3:48 PM, cobfly said:

I'm done. Pics from last year. Similar to this year. As soon as I got the second smalls in the stack, they were sold. Wish I had more. Rodeo people. Not picky, just want good hay.

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Beautiful country and tractors.

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On 8/16/2020 at 1:43 PM, 560Dennis said:

Man you do a lot river farming , seems like 

....Yeah..........Aquaculture........definitely    the way forward......:mellow:........however.....some "river farming '   is quite involuntary.....!!!

Mike

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Got a little bit of second cutting done and finally got a chance to give round baling a try. Didn't go too terribly for my first attempt. I'm hoping to get a little more baled this year before I call it quits though. 20200819_181920.thumb.jpg.feb114e7795883d4c9cf16d63ea9e8be.jpg

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Getting closer, this is the lower hill sides along the James River. I usually farm the actual riverbottom and up top, just hay the hills a little. Neighbor rents higher up hills and corn stalks for fall grazing. No water on mine except for flooding last 2 years, lol. Got 9 miles of road ditches  and about 15 acres in another spot to do yet

 

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14 minutes ago, 1958560 said:

 

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I’ve not seen two sickle bar mowers on a set up like that before. And nice 656H those are nice tractors for haying. 

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26 minutes ago, IHhogfarmer said:

I’ve not seen two sickle bar mowers on a set up like that before. And nice 656H those are nice tractors for haying. 

Rowse still puts these together, but this is a set my grandpa bought in the early eighties. We dont put up as much hay now, but they can knock down a lot of hay in a day. I mostly use them for tougher ground and ditches. Alfalfa and flat fields we use an 18' 1475 haybine

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3 hours ago, 1958560 said:

Getting closer, this is the lower hill sides along the James River. I usually farm the actual riverbottom and up top, just hay the hills a little. Neighbor rents higher up hills and corn stalks for fall grazing. No water on mine except for flooding last 2 years, lol. Got 9 miles of road ditches  and about 15 acres in another spot to do yet

 

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Good to see you put the 656 right back to work after the roundup.    Ours only got a little break as well.  

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37 minutes ago, nate said:

Good to see you put the 656 right back to work after the roundup.    Ours only got a little break as well.  

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A lot more fun to use them!

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21 hours ago, SMDFarmboy24 said:

Got a little bit of second cutting done and finally got a chance to give round baling a try. Didn't go too terribly for my first attempt. I'm hoping to get a little more baled this year before I call it quits though. 20200819_181920.thumb.jpg.feb114e7795883d4c9cf16d63ea9e8be.jpg

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Nice lineup there. But nice baler lol. How's the ol hesston treat you? We run the big brothers to it

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Not near finished yet. I have quite a bit of second cut to do, but had this 2 acres of 3rd cut that was ready to do up. I'm only small time and work off the farm. I do about 100 acres of first cut and them whatever decent second cut shows up. The 2 acres I took the 3rd cutting off had been my late fall feeding yard for a number of years, then would get manure and a crop of grain planted in the spring . Last year I decided to seed it back to a mix of alfalfa etc. This year I've been blessed with an amazing yield off it. Time will tell how long it holds out, no cows on it this fall!

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Keeps jumping my pictures around but 2 are of my hay patch

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These middle pics are of my wheat field I had a lot of crabgrass come up in I took advantage of and since I hayed the wheat there will be no straw in it.

 

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I thought this was the last of it for me. About 120 acres but my uncle asked if I wanted another 120 of crabgrass to bale on shares. Swather needs work before I can start laying anymore down. 

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On 8/15/2020 at 4:48 PM, cobfly said:

I'm done. Pics from last year. Similar to this year. As soon as I got the second smalls in the stack, they were sold. Wish I had more. Rodeo people. Not picky, just want good hay.

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I see you tucked the Roadking in between the tractors!

beautiful country out there, spent a week out side Boise last summer, need to get back for another trip touring on two wheels.

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Took a quick pic of Dad bailing the last of our 3rd cutting this year. Finished yesterday. 

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The lineup, ready to come to the shop to get cleaned off, power washed, greased, oiled and winterized. Notes made of repairs needed before next hay season. 

I like putting up hay but really like finishing better😆

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2 hours ago, sandhiller said:

The lineup, ready to come to the shop to get cleaned off, power washed, greased, oiled and winterized. Notes made of repairs needed before next hay season. 

I like putting up hay but really like finishing better😆

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Poor old 966 didn't even make the picture. I guess we will have to wait til winter snowfalls with the Gnuse bucket. 

Glad you got it all wrapped up. Mine are all cleaned up and in the barn. Minus the 806. I use it almost daily.

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On 8/16/2020 at 8:12 PM, sandhiller said:

the reason for light tractors dualled up is some of our hay meadows are a 2 or 3 foot thick layer of sod on top of a lake. 

It is like being on a water bed. Sometimes you can see the ground "wave" in front of the tractor. 

The big heavy front wheel assist tractors that everybody uses now are a bad idea on these areas. 

There have been tractors, equipment and going back even teams of horses lost when they broke through the sod as the water beneath can be ten, twenty or thirty feet deep, who knows. 

You don't watch for the low spots, you look out for the high spots. That is where the sod is thin and water pressure is pushing it up. Very easy to break through these areas and we will drive around them. 

It is an odd feeling when you tractor rocks like a boat. 

As a small kid in the hay field I would often jump up and down on the ground trying to make it ripple, never did work. As I got older I started driving with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the fender so I could exit quickly if it broke through! I've never seen it happen but have heard stories about it.

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45 minutes ago, messer9696 said:

As a small kid in the hay field I would often jump up and down on the ground trying to make it ripple, never did work. As I got older I started driving with one hand on the wheel and one hand on the fender so I could exit quickly if it broke through! I've never seen it happen but have heard stories about it.

LOL boys used to have fun doing that, they could never make it move like there fat old dad😆

I know what mean by being ready to jump, luckily never had to. Closest I came was dropping front wheel through on the 966 baling. Threw it in R and hit the throttle, luckily never jackknifed and the wheel came up and out. Went back with the boys and a sorting stick. Stuck it down as far as I could reach and never felt anything but water🤪. I never got comfortable driving in that ground.

 

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Funny thing in thinking you're done bailing sometimes.🤔

We were running the last of the corn silage up the silo this afternoon so we can let it settle before refilling probably Tuesday. Neighbor across the road pulled in and went to talk to dad on the tractor running the silage wagon ( i was on the top of the silo making sure we didn't bury the unloader) got down and Dad said ge was going to go round bale the neighbor's hay. They were out of room in their barn for square bales and the guy that normally round bales for him flaked and didn't show up yesterday afternoon or today and they can't get ahold of him, and with rain in the forecast he didn't want to wait any longer. 

Here's to the second time of thinking we're done doing hay for the year😄.

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15 minutes ago, Reichow7120 said:

Funny thing in thinking you're done bailing sometimes.🤔

We were running the last of the corn silage up the silo this afternoon so we can let it settle before refilling probably Tuesday. Neighbor across the road pulled in and went to talk to dad on the tractor running the silage wagon ( i was on the top of the silo making sure we didn't bury the unloader) got down and Dad said ge was going to go round bale the neighbor's hay. They were out of room in their barn for square bales and the guy that normally round bales for him flaked and didn't show up yesterday afternoon or today and they can't get ahold of him, and with rain in the forecast he didn't want to wait any longer. 

Here's to the second time of thinking we're done doing hay for the year😄.

Here same thing sort of. We are so dry we just keep cutting lower into the low ground. I am done, out of ground to cut. 

Had a grass fire this afternoon. Back at the firehall a lot of my friends and neighbors are still cutting low ground, getting deeper. 

It is SOB dry, hope we have a mild winter, lot of hay will be fed as grass is done growing for the year, don't think rain can salvage any more, it has gone dormant. 

Hoope you guys are getting along better. 

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On 9/4/2020 at 8:17 PM, stronger800 said:

Done? Not anytime soon here. It’s not snowing yet. 

LOL, I have swiped a light dusting of snow off the M seat to go mow hay.................................more than once😆

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Got what will probably be the last of mine baled up yesterday. Small patch. First cutting 12 or 15 bales, 2nd 7 bales 3rd just under 2 bales. Too dry. 

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30 acre today. Wish I had dared to cut 30 for tomorrow, but the weather has been to inconsistent.  I didn’t realize there was farm land in this country that was just a layer of floating sod like that. I’ve gotta go search that up on YouTube.

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