Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Baled


Nope, that's not hay you're looking at, it's corn. After the corn crop is brought in, the farmers then go through the fields with a baler and harvest the foot-tall stalks left standing so that more of the plant can be put to use. It's interesting, I think, how some farmers prefer the traditional square bales, while others, such as this farmer, prefer the round. Though they were scattered across the field the day this picture was taken, the bales are now stacked in one corner, waiting to be collected and stored before the harsher winter weather sets in. They better hurry -- up to an inch of snow is predicted overnight, with more on the way.


Photo by H. L. Lester/Oct 2005

4 comments:

Laura said...

H! Here's a useless fact about hay here in Oz. Square bales are cheaper to make and farmers make a better profit. Round bales cost more to make and farmers don't make so much profit. But round is all the rage. ?? Go figure! (Ya know, for a city girl, I know way too much about the country! hehe)

Heather said...

LOL, Laura that is kind of interesting, and we would never speculate as to how you happen to know so much about hay. Research for one of your steamy novels, perhaps? ;-D

Laura said...

Oh yeah, the next story's about a farmer, a city girl and a roll in the hay neither will ever forget....*g*

Maggie Nash said...

hehehehe....good one Laura!

I think Round ones are quicker to make...???

Just speculating here. I saw them doing it once and it was like..wow...they made them really fast.

But they are bigger and harder to stack...