Tuesday, August 23, 2011

End of the Season

Everyone has different signs they notice for the ending of the summer season.  Grateful moms might be delighted by the beginning of school.  Big and little boys might be anticipating the coming of college and high school football.  Here on the farm I always make a connection with the beginning of our silage harvest.

This year we have three fields of corn, and one each of sudan sorghum and pearl millet. We've already got our chopper and wagons out.  We had to change a bearing on one of the wagons that went out on the last day of chopping this spring.  After greasing all the machinery and checking the air in the tires we went to the field for a trial run.

tractor chopping corn wagon

Tomorrow we'll be raising the silo unloader and getting the blower ready.  The silage we harvest now will feed our cows through the winter, and if we're really lucky, until the end of spring.  The cows are eating this spring's wheat right now, and I'm sure they'll be glad to chomp into some new feed.

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