The Other Side of Sunset

The Other Side of Sunset

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Red Sky at Night, Baler's Delight?

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

Here in landlocked Kansas, I don't know anything about that. But it was red sky at night, baler's delight here on the County Line last week. As the sky was providing another spectacular sunset, Randy was finally starting to bale the sudan field across the road. (For a step-by-step pictorial of a sudan harvest, click here.)
However, as seems to be the norm this year, the baling was curtailed by another breakdown - this time, a broken belt. The next morning, it looked kind of like a coiled snake, ready to strike havoc on finishing up haying for 2014.
 
We did have a spare on hand, so while the guys waited on the veterinarian to arrive to do pregnancy checks on 69 cows, they worked to install the new belt. 
Randy did his Leonardo DiCaprio imitation on top of the baler as he worked to thread the new belt through: "I am the king of the world." 
Unfortunately, he's not even king of this baler. When he went back out to bale Saturday afternoon, he got one bale and then the machine wouldn't work.

Maybe I was reading the skies incorrectly. The other part of that motto is: "Red sky at morning, sailor's warning."The sunrises have also had their share of red lately. Maybe it was a warning to balers as well as sailors, who knows?

On Monday, Randy made two trips to the repair shop in Hutchinson before he got it up and running. He got another 70 bales before it broke down again. We are still waiting on parts and repair. 

It's time for a new baler ... and a new swather. Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas to Randy and me!

8 comments:

  1. Kim,
    Hope the baler gets up and running soon. There is always something, isn't there?

    No red skies here, but the full moon was gorgeous.

    The arctic blast must not have made it to Kansas? Yea for you. We had a windy 8* high yesterday and today will be similar. Looks like nicer weather coming our way this weekend.

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    1. There IS always something! No luck today so far. It was 14 here this morning. They decided they'd wait to feed until after lunch. Brrrr!

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  2. Oh, I know he was totally frustrated! Harvest is still going on all around us, too.

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    1. It has been a frustrating year with both the swather and the baler. I guess that's why we'll be in the market for new ones. Some girls gets diamonds, I get balers - ha!

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  3. It is always something. We've had gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. And cold! Jeez! With the wind! It feels like -4! Brrrrrr! Too soon. I'm not acclimated yet!
    Cameron macgyvered the old ford tractor back together. Yeah!
    Beautiful pictures baling at sunset...
    Cheri

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    1. It's 10 degrees this morning and we have 1-2" of snow in the forecast for this weekend. I am not a fan of January temperatures in November, but such is life!

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  4. Yes, red sky at night, sailors' delight - but not the hay balers'. Breakdowns are so frustrating. Hope you get it going again soon.

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    1. We hope the parts will come in today. They need to get the baling finished because that's the tractor they use for getting silage in the feed truck, too. Life is always an adventure!

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