Jim started baling corn fodder this afternoon. Yesterday the corn stalks that were left after the combine went through were flailed (chopped) and this morning he raked them into windrows. I caught up with him this afternoon, filling the first wagon...
He was happy with how well the baler worked. Corn fodder is notoriously hard on a baler, but things went well today. It's close to thirty years old, and hardly missed a bale!
During milking, and before it got too dark to see, Jim, Eric and some friends unloaded two big loads into the mow above the outside pen. The young ones had some battles with dusty corn fodder. All I can say is that I'm glad I was milking and not involved in that itchiness!
We'll use this for bedding up the heifer pens. It makes a great, absorbent bedding. They unloaded the rest at the other farm, where they had plenty of light in the barn to see what they were doing.
Hopefully tomorrow, Jim will be able to bale a few more loads before the rain comes. After that, he'll have to wait until the fodder dries out to bale more.
It's a great feeling to get the fodder baled...it's the last harvest related thing that we need to do before winter comes!