But, just like the squirrels, we've been packing away provisions for the winter. It's not for us. It's for our cows.
A couple of weeks ago, a custom crew came to harvest our silage crop. Rains early in the summer made for tall stalks.
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.
Then it's back to the field for another load on the go.
After we bring the cows and calves off the summer pastures, the guys will start feeding the silage to the cattle. The mama cows will get the silage as is. For the feeder calves, the guys will add about 3 to 4 pounds of vitamin- and mineral-enriched grain per head, since they need the additional energy to grow to get ready for market.
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.