A post from Kelli–
As many of you know, Jason is a farmer. While a lot of people have hobbies and such outside of their career, Jason just enjoys working. It seems as though he’s always working–to the tune of 16 or so hours a day, 7 days a week…if not more. While I love that he’s a hard worker, I don’t like that he feels the need to work almost every waking hour–literally. It has made for a few odd conversations when I have to remind him that going to bed at 10:15 doesn’t warrant the comment “Why are you going to bed already?” or when I have to remind him that it’s not odd to want to go out to eat or do something together more than once each month.
I would say that the majority of our disagreements usually focus on not spending as much time together or him working all of the time. Rather than continue getting mad at him, I am trying to just go with the flow more and try to do things like ride in the tractor or go on a parts run with him. This past Saturday was no different. He was once again chopping hay and had mentioned maybe doing something, however a few hours before we were going to go out, he called to tell me it wasn’t going to work out. They were a few people short to haul loads and they needed to get done before it rained, so they were going to have to run until they were done. I initially was MAD, but then he said I could come ride with.
So off I went–I grabbed him a pop, changed into some outside clothes and was on my way.
When I got in the chopper, he asked if I was going to take pictures for the blog. He swears that he doesn’t really get the blog or understand why people like to read it, but I secretly think that he likes his farm things being featured and always asks if anyone thought his stuff was cool or if anyone had any questions.
So per Jason’s idea, here are some pictures from when I was in the chopper with him–
This is how chopping works–One day they use a big lawn mower type attachment and mow all of the hay. They then windrow it to put it into rows that end up looking like this–
Then they take the chopper through and it picks up the long piles.
And then it runs through the chopper and gets chopped up. Once it’s through the chopper, it gets thrown back into a chopper box.
These chopper boxes get filled up and then transported back tothe farm with tractors. They usually empty them into the bunker, cover them with plastic, and then are able to feed the cows throughout the year.
Usually, they are able to do this three times throughout the summer, sometimes four depending on the weather, how much time they have, and who they rent the farm from. If they consistently cut hay four times each summer, the quality of the hay can diminish, so sometimes, landlords limit the hay cuttings to three.
While I often complain about Jason and his working all the time, I really do appreciate it. While I never have to come home and get mad because he’s playing video games, I do wish he’d take a bit more time off. Maybe someday–But I’ve been saying that for 8 years or so.