Anyway, we had our own version of "Chopped" on the County Line last week, but it didn't involve mystery ingredients tucked into brown wicker picnic baskets. And I wasn't tempted to eat it. Instead, our 2014 silage crop got chopped into cattle feed for this winter.
They each furnished a truck to haul the cut silage from the field to the silo. And the wives made 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.
These days, we hire Sallebradra Harvesting to cut our silage. They get it done in a day. That's my kind of harvest!
Silage cutting is another one of those choreographed farm "dances." The silage feeds into the cutter and is chopped. An auger carries the chopped silage into the truck.
If maneuvering around curves in the field wasn't impressive enough, one truck driver backed up to save time. (It was just for a short distance, but I was still impressed.)
|Photos from Winter 2011 - (from upper left) Scooping out silage from the trench silo with the loader tractor; dumping it in the feed truck; the truck putting it in the feed troughs; the cattle enjoying their breakfast!|
It's good to get another harvest crossed off the books ... and to see the cattle's "pantry" full and ready for Old Man Winter.