I keep meaning to start a pool on when the first “Can I bale with an 8N” post goes up each year on the Ford 9N, 2N, 8N forum I participate in, because it’s a question that comes up about the same time each year. Posting my standard response here may indeed make the this the most-read entry on peachtreeprairie.com!
I spent a pleasant five hours or so muttering around the hay field this weekend with the 8N and Van Brundt, drilling in some orchard and brome grass on top of last years seeding of alfalfa. We got a bit of rain today, with more forecast for tomorrow.
My third (and last for this year) cutting of hay is baled and in the barn…
You make hay! The Hesston 6400 Windrower is my newest (1975) implement, and made the hay cutting a much faster and more pleasant job as compared to using my old New Idea sickle bar, which tended to plug up and stop working at least once every other trip around the field.
About ten of our fifteen acres is in crops each year, and last fall’s harvest was field corn. I had an epic plowing session with the 8N and a two-bottom plow, and then left the field “rough” over the winter to “mellow down,” which just means the freeze/thaw cycle breaks down and loosens the dirt, leaving it soft as butter in the spring…. Read more »
A short video taken as I plowed down ten acres of corn stubble this past fall (2011).