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Monday August 8, 2011

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Soapweed

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Sunflower and her magnificent mowing machine
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She cuts down 18 feet at a whack with her two nine-foot bars.
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Her mother mowing with similar colors
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She has just one nine-foot bar, so only cuts half as much.
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Looks like it could rain
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But I have along my handy-dandy yellow slicker :wink:
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The windstorm last night blew two bales up on end. Here is the first one.
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And this one, too.
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But there is no wind this morning.
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In fact it is completely calm so the reflection of the hill shows up in the water of the lake.
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Moving some cattle into the next pasture
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The way I like to open mineral sacks
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If you use the little stringy thingy, there ends up being strings and bits of paper everywhere.
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A friend showed me how to open these plastic sacks.
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Poke a hole right below the "seam."
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Ripping along the seam
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In both directions
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It works like a dream.
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The next one worked just as well.
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I used to dread putting out salt from these plastic sacks, but now it is rather fun and challenging. :wink:
 

WVGenetics

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I hope nothing of real importance got tore up in that wind--seems to me it had to take a pretty nice gust to flip those bales. Kind of interesting for an easterner like myself to think that those bales got blown over on their ends...we often find them on their ends but its because the ground slopes so much they fall over. I've had to run a tractor in front of a few to keep them from taking out a fence from time to time.
 

Hayguy

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brings back many happy memories of mowing hay with sickle bar mowers

what make are those mowers?

Per was commenting a few days ago that Peach had a NEW John Deere to drive :wink: :wink: :lol: :lol:

love to see those old 4020's still going :tiphat:
 

Jassy

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I've tried your tip on opening them darn salt sacks..doesn't work for me..I have a knife and slice em open..I DO NOT like the new sacks at all! Your reflection picture is perfect!
 

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