Duane Hastings helping prepare the fields for planting in May. . . .
Planting the seed. . . .
The Sudan grass popping out of the ground in mid-June. . . .
Jack in the Sudan field in mid-August about one week before harvesting the 2nd cutting. . . .
The second step is merging the rows that have been mowed. . . .
Finally, chopping the Sudan into smaller pieces and blowing it into the trucks to be delivered to our dairy. . . .
When the truck arrives at the dairy, it unloads onto a concrete pad. . . .
Then the pack tractor pushes it into a pile and packs it down. . . .
Jack checks out the chopped Sudan. . . .
In addition to farming, we have lots of animals to take care of each day. The planting and harvesting season take long hours and require extra help at the farm. We're fortunate to have a great team that make the harvest a success! Thank you to Bob Emmons and Dave Marks for the hours they spent hauling the Sudan from the field to the dairy, to Joe Profera who delayed heading back to college to help us and Lane Hastings, who ran the discbine to mow the Sudan. And Taylor Emmons, who is vital to the success of our farm on a daily basis. He worked longer than normal hours during the harvest.
Dave and Bob. . . .
Taylor (in the middle) and the chopping crew take a brief break for dinner. . . .
The finished product, a pile of feed covered with plastic tarp and tires. . . .
This will be one of the ingredients fed to our cows over the next several months.