Thursday, June 8, 2017

Grass to Hay

In these times you have to be an optimist
to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
                                   Carl Sandburg

Finally, after two full days of rain, it had stopped. It was early morning. The best time of day, in my eyes.

The sun was shining. The droplets of water hung on the tips of the grass and puddled in the poppy petals that had fallen. Those droplets held tight but they would surely disappear as the heat of the day progressed.

There were four wild turkeys that pecked the ground, to take advantage of the worms that had washed up from far below ground. The turkeys stood in front of a huge rock pile that had taken years and years of sweat and labour to build.

Behind the drive shed the grass was as high as the page wire fence that runs the lane. It would have been nice to have cut the grass off before it had headed out.  After those two days of heavy rain, it now looked like an alien ship had landed in the night and flattened it. The discbine will cut it alright but, it will still hold the moisture underneath.

Haying season had been a challenge last year, and it looks like this year it will have the exact opposite challenges.
Last year, we started to cut and bale hay early (about this time actually). We had it cut and all baled before the end of June. It had been easy to harvest as there was no rain to speak of or to worry about. We had thought since the hay bale count was down we would make it up with the second crop after the rains came. The rains never came, and neither did that second crop. The drought affected everyone in this area. Every farmer I met never complained about the amount of moisture we have had this spring. 

Well, until it became too much. It was apparent that another year with challenges lies ahead. They waited to plant and some still wait. Those who did get fields planted had flooding and the seeds washed away. There are a lot of cattle farmers who have nothing in the hay bank and need a deposit as soon as the ground and weather will allow.

The crop of grass is a good one thanks to the abundance of rain. Now, we wait and see if we will be able to harvest it as hay. Farming is not for the faint of heart or for those who are not one of those “the glass half full” kinds of people. That is for sure.

The turkeys strut around in the heaviest rains or lounge around on the hottest of days. They do not give one hoot about the weather that may come later. They treat every day as a gift. They are just happy to be. The cows seem content too. I think the animals have this right.

It is early still so I may be getting ahead of myself. I think I will relax and not worry, just like the turkeys and the cows. Enjoy the day for what it is. Glass half full. Sounds right to me.



  1. I can identify with you...but you already know that! Feast or famine, they say, when it comes to rain. Wishing you just the right amount of both sunshine and moisture to make things grow into a bountiful harvest! Hugs!

  2. Glass half full is a much less distressing (and stressing) way to live. Fingers crossed that the glass fills to the brim.

  3. Always better not to worry, but I know sometimes it is hard not to!

  4. Having a good attitude is part of of what makes farmers stay at farming. It's like playing a card game, you have to do the best with the cards you're dealt. You never know how things will turn out and you hope for the best. I think the cows and the wild turkeys have the right attitude. The cows never worry about tomorrow but they always think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. lol.

    I hope the weather will bring the right amount of moisture and sunshine for a great crops of food for your cattle.

    Smiles & hugs,

  5. I like your conclusion.We have to be aware of the odds and then what happens happens. I hope you get a bumper hay crop this year.

  6. A lovely story showing your flexible nature..I love the poppy petal puddle

  7. "Farming is not for the faint of heart" True, it also isn't for those who just aren't drawn to it, like me. but I am extremely grateful to those who are and do the job. Like you.

  8. Dear Buttons ~ What a wonderfully encouraging post about being positive and content. I don't have turkeys or cows to consider, but I do have birds and butterflies, who also don't think/worry about things, they just live in the moment. That's how I want to live each day also.

    Thank you for your thoughts this morning ~ FlowerLady

  9. Hoping it dries out enough for you to bale hay and not have it rot/mold.

  10. Same, here. It has been so wet that farmers can't get tractors into the fields. We are looking at an entire week of no rain (!!!) so I expect a lot of tractor traffic on the roads!

  11. I expect they will be starting to cut here any day. Weekend looks a little dampish but I'm sure we'll see the mowers out next week. I feel bad for many farmers who still have standing water in their fields.

  12. I remember as a child not getting the connection between grass and hay

  13. We are desperate for rain . . .
    It has never looked so bleak around here . . .
    Love your poppies!


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