Memories of making hay
Posted on 30 Aug ’13 by Earl
Raised upon a farm one of my summer jobs, both paid and unpaid, was making hay. I most often mowed and then raked the hay into rows once it was cured. Raking becomes much more stressful when you have a baler working just behind you as shown in the photo above — the raker has to make two laps for every row while the baler only does one and it’s consider bad form if the baler has to wait on the raker.
Most of my youthful hay making involved those small rectangular bales you had to get up and under cover by hand before it rained. Only in the last couple of years of my hay making experience did these wonderful big “waterproof” bales come along and reduce the labor required.
Memories called me to pull over and make these photos. It seems a fitting subject for the American “Labor Day” weekend.