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Finally got started haying yesterday! Of course today came out cloudy with a small sprinkle, and supposed to rain tomorrow now.:rolleyes: :mad: Most accurate weather forcast my a$$!:tellyou:

Oh well, got some quality seat time yesterday, 8 hours of straight out mowing. I took this picture from the top of a hill on one of our fields I dropped yesterday.

<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/mow.jpg>

Just after I took this picture, I saw some rustling in the grass in front of the haybine. I waited to see what would come out of the grass as I hate to hit any animal with machinery!! Even if it's a pest, I don't want it to suffer!! Any way, I got a picture of this fierce creature.outta here

<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/wabbit.jpg>

It would be about 4-6 weeks old I would say, judging from the size of it. 3 of the poor little critters darted out of the hay, 2 headed for the woods, this little guy headed down through the field, away from the trees. I herded him away from where I would be travelling, so hopefully he would survive until dark when he could make his way back to the trees.
 

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Well partsman you have your work cut out for you wish i could help:D
 

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Mark,

I was wondering the same too. Thought possibly a rabbit but hard to tell.

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Ya know as soon as he tells us what it is, it will be so obvious, we're gonna look like dorks! Man I hate it when that happens...

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Originally posted by Greg
Ya know as soon as he tells us what it is, it will be so obvious, we're gonna look like dorks! Man I hate it when that happens...

Greg
Well at least we can all share in the experience. :lmao:

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Parts Man

I wish someone around here would cut a little hay. We need some rain. The Weather Service should do a study of the relationship between cut hay and rain.. If they could solve the riddle as to why cut hay causes rain their forecast might be a little more accurate.

Good luck baling your hay. You sure have pretty county do it in.

Interesting creature picture. I’m sure that you would have got us a close up head shot if the creature had stood still long enough. Guess cutting hay where you are is a little different than here in South Georgia, USA. Here cutting hay doesn’t require one to have a camera handy.

I too will watch for the creature answer. Ruled out: bear, moose, armadillo, deer, catfish, ostrich, and a few more “little creatures” I can’t spell.

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Originally posted by parts man
Finally got started haying yesterday! Of course today came out cloudy with a small sprinkle, and supposed to rain tomorrow now.:rolleyes: :mad: Most accurate weather forcast my a$$!:tellyou:

Parts,

The weather forecasters have been WAY off most of the time this year! On Thursday I tedded, raked and baled about 20 acres, but could not get it all baled before the dew set in. Forecast was for rain the next 4 days and clearing on Tuesday. It did rain on Friday, But cleared enough on Sat. so I could finish off the hay that was down. I decided to go ahead and mow a few rounds around a piece that is difficult to dry because of the trees and if it did rain there was no great loss. Guess what! No rain on Sun or Mon, both being ideal hay weather! Got it round baled before rain on tuesday.

How many acres you got down in that pic? You mentioned haybine, but what mower are you using? I use a Gehl disc mo-co and boy you can really fly with that thing! ANd I think you have said that you round bale eveything. Good Deal!:thumbsup:

Well, I hope the forecasters are up to their normal accuracy for you. Nothing worse than having to go over hay more times than you need (except for the seat time). Good luck!!:)

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The creature is a wabbit. Tons of them this year. And with the land around here being developed, Not many Elmer Fudds to hunt them!

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i could not make it out for sure either... i right clicked on it to save it to my desktop so i could enlarge it a little to get a better view..
the file is named wabbit.jpg so i guess that answered my question as to what it was...
 

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These two are regular visitors. At least their not in my garden while eating bird feed.
<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/memmurphy/2rabbits.jpg">

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Sorry about the fuzzy picture, the camera is just a 640*480 resolution, so resizing just gets the picture all pixelated.:rolleyes:

It is indeed a rabbit (snow-shoe hare to be exact:D ) I had a ground -hog watching me all morning too, he was pretty ticked that I took all his cover! :lmao:

It sounds like we should be able to start beating the hay about tomorrow, and hopefully will be able to bale by late tomorrow or Friday. It didn't get so dry as to do too much damage, still not as good as it would have been though!:cry:

I used a 1999 "C-60" CASE-IH tractor with a 2003 9 foot sickle MO-CO. I forget the model # right now. I'll try to get a picture of the rig hooked up, but it will be hard for me to take a pic of it working,,, dang thing won't keep straight unless I'm on it!!:lmao: When the CEO is baling I run the mower with a 1990, CASE-IH 495.

We use a 4*4 CASE-IH baler, solid core. It makes an 800-1000 pound bale in dry hay, around a ton in silage.

I've got around 25 acres down right now, we have about 55 in hay fields at that farm, plus another 20 or so in pasture.
 

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I took some pics the last few days and got chance today to upload to the server, so here they is!:D

This is our C-60 with the baler.
<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/baler.jpg>

This is the CEO baling on Friday.
<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/baling.jpg>

We had 160 bales down, started baling at 2:00 PM, finished at 8:00 PM. LOOONG dusty day!:shower: :zzzs:


My BIL raking.
<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/raking.jpg>

My BIL took over raking around 3:00, so I started loading up hay to haul home. We put 14 bales on this 20 ft trailer (about 7 tons). The tractor is a 495 CASE-IH (48 hp), with a 2200 loader. We built the hay point out of channel iron, box steel, and an 18,500 truck axle.:cool:
<img src=http://www.chowntractorparts.com/images/load.jpg>
 

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Parts Man,

I like that trailer, moves plenty of hay at one time. I madea similar wagon using 5 ton gears and 4X4X8' PT lumber. I can put 11 bales on it, but I'm afraid the gears won't take too much(too old, like me). My bales check in at about 800 lbs. so I can get close to 9000 lbs on a load.

Looks like you don't have much in the way of hills. good thing 'cause i betcha that load could get pretty hairy going down some of the ones that I farm. I'll have to get some pics to post.

At least you got some decent weather, to do your haying. Seems as though every time I turn the hay over another cloudburst finds it.

Hope you get the hay in alright.

waynl
 
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