It hasn't always been that way. For years, Randy's family and a neighbor family did the job themselves. When Randy was young, they had a one-row, pull-type silage cutter. Then they upgraded to a two-row, pull-type silage cutter. They each provided a tractor, one to pull the cutter and the other to use to pack the trench silo.
They each provided a truck to haul the cut silage from the field to the silo. And the wives provided a harvest meal for the four- to six-man crew. Randy says it took two days to get everything ready. It took a week to get both family's silage cut and in the silos. And then it took another two days to get everything cleaned up.
That's a little different than hiring Sallabadra Harvesting to cut our 23 acres of silage. They came in with a crew and got it cut, hauled and packed into the silo in just about 3 hours
During this second year of drought, the chopped silage filled only about half of the trench silo.
|2012 silage crop|
|2010 - The silage came all the way to the fence, about where I was standing to take this year's photo, labeled above.|
step-by-step pictorial from 2010 about the whole process - from start to finish. And here's another look from last year, which was also impacted by drought.