Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Silage






Temperatures have been in the upper 90's to 103 for several weeks now.
I had never watched silage being made...very dusty!
When BF told me he was planting corn, my first thought was corn on the cob.
I've heard the term, silage, but really didn't know exactly what it was or how it was made.
Sophie and I hopped on the mule and followed the action.
Lots of different equipment is used and like most farmers around here, the equipment is not new. 
The severe heat, and also the extreme cold takes its toll on farm equipment.
Any day there is no equipment breakdown is a good day.
ommm

15 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I had seen some cornfields with the front mowed, but never realized what it was for.

can't read the word verification to post this, guess my eyes are too old

One Fly said...

Old Deere equipment one again stands the test of time.

Bright clear pictures
that can be enlarged - Yes!

What is the blue piece with the white tube attached??

turquoisemoon said...

Steve, Know the feeling. Half the time I do a word verification, I just guess. I wonder if they allow room for error???

Fly, That equipment is old, from the 50's I believe he said??? Yes, someone showed me how to post and allow the pictures to be enlarged...Thanks to you! hahaha! I really enjoy being able to enlarge micro pics. Thanks again on the help. I know the tube is where the silage is being stored. They do this now, rather than using silos or digging a holes to put it in. I'll have to find out what the name of the blue piece is later today...I'm off to work today.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Nothing runs like a Deere!"

turquoisemoon said...

Debra, I'm really enjoying taking pics of old Deere equipment. Some of it looks like its being held together by rust???

Teresa Evangeline said...

Love this post - pictures and words. There's something about old farm equipment.... You've captured them well. Nice colors, compositions.

Jane said...

These pics bring back wonderful memories of the summers I spent on my grandfather's farm :) I remember the one and only time he let me drive the tractor - I proceeded to lose control and plow through quite a few rows of corn... ! Really great shots.

Arkansas Patti said...

Gotta bless the farmers who are so dependant on nature for a fair shake. I know I don't have the temperment for it.
That was a mechanical mule you rode, right? At first I thought you had saddled up.

turquoisemoon said...

Thanks Teresa, I love old farm equipment too. Gee...thinkin I love anything rusty. :)

Jane, Thank you Jane. BF has never let me drive one of his tractors. I tend to have a lead foot. Is the farm still in your family???

Patti, I don't have the temperament for it either!!! Yes, it was a mechanical mule...I love driving it and Sophie loves to ride in it. She hops right in.

turquoisemoon said...

Fly...I was told that it's called a bagger.

Jane said...

No, the land (& original home) was sold to one of the neighboring farms just a few years ago. I was absolutely sick to see it go since it had been my great-grandparent's homestead. No one in the family was interested in making a go of it - farming takes a true dedication - and it's so expensive.

turquoisemoon said...

Jane, Oooh that's a shame, understandable, but really too bad. That's happening everywhere. I feel lucky to have had some childhood experiences on/around a farm. It's very expensive and the life is hard. I know I couldn't do it! I drove past my grandparents place, over the weekend, and felt a sadness. Like, knowing that family farms is mostly a thing of the past...

Introverted Art said...

Loving the photos and feeling the heat. There seems to be a heat wave going around, because a lot of people have been complaining of it.

Linda said...

Your photography of the equipment is great..but don't get me going on a John Deere...we had one & that thing was ALWAYS broken down...we had some heat around 100 last week.humid..not normal for Maine & I am glad it is gone...LOL it was 48 last night...this cool weather gal was in heaven!!!
Hope your having a greaat summer TM

((Hugs)))

turquoisemoon said...

Ana, It's not just a heat wave, it's now considered a drought.

Linda, Ooh my...it's 7 on Sunday night and still 101. I don't do hot... No break in sight!