If you’ve ever wondered what the expression “make hay while the sun shines” means, this photo will easily explain it. Hay has to be cut, spread out to dry (a process called tedding or tetting), raked back together and then baled when there is no rain in the forecast. Since we’ve had no appreciable rainfall for the last week or so, there was no need for our farmer to ted the hay since the moisture content was sufficiently low so as not to harbor mold or other bacteria which could pose health problems for cattle and horses. So on Sunday afternoon Farmer Bobby showed to simply rake the cut hay into rows. He should be baling it in a day or so. I hope I am around to see if he’s going to do the large round bales or the rectangular ones.
Photos by Joel Woodard