My Farm Stories forum: "Endless Summer"

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ImageKathleen
Jun 4, 2010 9:59 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
"Endless Summer" is a phrase that brings chills to my heart! Endless haying in summer is bad enough, but to have someone wish that summer never ends, along with the endless haying is more than I can take!

Haying used to start in mid June when I was a kid. We did first cutting and then, somewhat later, second cutting. In the fall Grandpa and Dad put corn silage up. Now, haying starts in mid May and sometimes continues into late October. We put most of first cutting in the silo as haylage, and a good chunk of second cutting the same way. The oats get chopped rather than combined, there is no corn, so haying goes on as long as the grass keeps growing and the weather cooperates, to third and sometimes fourth cutting. It doesn't leave a lot of time off for those things that people who think "endless summer" sounds like a good idea like to do.

This year, May has been hot and dry. First cutting haylage has been done since last Saturday. The fields up on Clymer Hill will be dried hay and are waiting for some sunny days, as May ended with rain and June started the same way. Next week is looking good for the first 4 days or so. The hay racks are already waiting out by the barn and the baler has been given the once over.
porkpal
Jun 4, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Endless summer has to be preferable to endless winter - especially in your part of the country. I can't even imagine dairy farming in the winter there. I grew up on a dairy in south Carolina, even there winter was hard.
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
Jun 4, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
heh heh, this may sound odd, but in the winter, we occasionally get a day off!
ImageDorothy
Jun 8, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
What made me snort today was a commercial for lawn furniture playing the Lazy days of summer, extolling how you need spiffy new lounges for those long, lazy days.

I'm lucky if I get to sit in the bathtub every once in awhile.
ImageKathleen
Jun 9, 2010 4:43 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Yep, nothing like unused lawn furniture to say "farm". hehehe

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