Three swathers mow hay, leaving trails of green gold to dry in the sun. Three hundred and sixty acres were mowed yesterday. Only about a thousand more acres, or nine more pivots, left to cut.
The rest of the pivots (6) are growing wheat and corn, rotation crops in old stands of alfalfa.
Raking started today, turning the cut hay over to expose the underside to the heat, to bake to perfection.
My three oldest take their turns swathing and raking, helping so the men can finish mechanicing the equipment in preparation for baling and hauling.
The rest of us at home take over their usual duties, trying to keep everything running smoothly so there is refuge and refreshment waiting to greet those who have to work in the heat.
Our busy season has begun.
Amidst all this we are also preparing for the arrival of the new little one is just about 4 1/2 weeks. Where has the time gone?
Blog posts will be sporadic at best.