Hay Making Days In Tennessee (POEM) And Photography In The Hay Field Today


Our Day Today

Hay Making Days In Tennessee (POEM)

Golden rows on green like sheets

these  summer days we view as treats.

When in the field, we sweat from brows,

to get hay in for our beef cows.

The days are long and hot as hell,

working hard every farmer’ll tell.

There is something special about doing hay

we’ve all been doin’ it since our childhood days.

Riding tall atop the hay stack,

the bales are heavy and they break our backs.

But we never complain when it’s hay’n days,

cuz this effort feeds us  in so many ways.

This food will fatten our big beef steer,

It’ll feed our dairy goats throughout the year.

The hay will get our horses fed,

along with our sheep and alpaca head.

You see this ritual happens every season

providing year-long food for good reason.

Hay making days in East Tennessee,

this indeed is the life for me.

~ L. Davis, #thepoetfarmer

Yes indeed, it is hay time again.  It is time to bring in out of the fields tons and TONS of hay.  I mean that literally.  This will probably be the last cut of the season here in East Tennessee, but boy is it a beauty.  We have had wonderful rains to allow the grass to grow well and nutrient rich.  This is a nice contrast to the severe drought we experienced last year that culminated in the deadly Gatlinburg fire which is right down the road that ended so badly for so many.  The hay season last year was the first sign of distress.  Fortunately this year has been entirely the opposite.

I took my camera today out into the fields as we did hay as sometimes folks just really like to see haying time.  There is nothing better for me at least than to see the beautiful scenery of haying in the fields.  It is the essence of rural farm life that tells a story about hard work and big rewards.

Here is a collection of great photos I took today of us working the fields today getting the hay raked, baled, on the wagons and in the barn!

These fields are in Maryville Tennessee at the base of the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

We begin!

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Time For Hay Wagons


Getting Ready To Load

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Summer Traditions On The Farm ~ Haying Time


Raking Into Rows For Baling


Slow Roll Forward, Stop, Pick Up Bale, Stack, REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT


A Farmer’s Life On His Tractor


Gloves Are Your Best Friend


Summer Days In The Hay Fields


Windrows And Bales – Now Our Turn To Load The Wagons


Raking The Hay Into Windrows


Rural Farm Living At Its Best

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Equipment Number Two – The Baler Coming Through


Textures In Hay Fields – Sky, Trees, Field And Bales – Beautiful


Broken And Discarded Left For The Elements


He Is Always Working ~ A Farmer ~ It Keeps Him Alive


The Foothills Of The Smokies In East Tennessee


The Random Bale Just Wants To Stand Up And Be Different


We Are Getting There ~ We Did Three Of These Loads today


All The Men In The Field Working ~ I Am Stacking


A Story Of Summer ~ Haying And Farm Life


The Guys Are Teasing Me That I Am Taking Pictures


I Am On Top Of My Completed Hay Stack Wagon — With The Mountains Behind Me


Break Time For Me On Top Of My First Fully Stacked Trailer


This Is My View From The Top Of The Haystack ~  I Always Love It Up Here


More Hay Being Cut For Us While We Head Out To The Barns To Unload The First Wagonload


The Unloading Begins

And that is the story of our day, our season, our life …. on the farm.

We can not complain as it is the most rewarding work we have ever done.  We did 320 bales today and have 500 more to do over the next two days.  Thank goodness there is no rain in the forecast.  800 bales of hay is 40,000 pounds, or 20 tons.   And we touch it twice, to load and then to unload.  Yes, we are getting a tad old for this.  But, we love it anyway.

God Bless! L. Davis


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