|You can't see it that well in this photo, but it does show baled hay sitting at the edge of a field, which we'll use next winter for feeding our cattle. I loved the sky. Taken June 26, 2013.|
In Kansas, wheat harvest gets the headlines. It's featured on the nightly news. It's the subject of multiple newspaper articles. Rightly so, since Kansas is, after all, the Wheat State.
But we're in the midst of another kind of harvest on the County Line these days. Randy and Jake are working on swathing, raking, baling and moving the second cutting of our alfalfa hay crop.
Hay has been sparse the past two summers in an exceptional drought. Last year yielded 466 big round bales total all summer. This year, after our first cutting of alfalfa, we had already stockpiled 403 bales. Last week, Randy began swathing "round two," or the second cutting.
... where the guys will use them to feed our cattle this winter.
We got a little quarter inch of rain Saturday morning, which made it too wet to bale. Randy baled yesterday morning before church and is back on the tractor baling again this morning. Wheat harvest may be over, but it's on to the next kind of harvest.