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8/28/07 8:29 A

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With all the foggy mornings we've been having, it will be a snowy winter!

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8/27/07 8:22 A

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I have a total of 11.1" rain in Aug. so far, not a record I don't think but close. Rockford Ill. 35 miles north of us is over 13" and that is I think a new record. I did get the lawn mowed yesterday, mowed real high so as not to have to rake then hope to mow again Wend. Oh well I would rather be all wet than all dry.Skeeter emoticon

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8/23/07 11:10 A

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We've had rain in the past week, too. Had to mow the lawn two weeks in a row! I hope it straightens out this week, because I'm taking off work next Friday. Hope to start cutting the hay meadow Thursday.


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8/23/07 9:56 A

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I wonder if the drought is over? We had over 2" again last night that puts us over 8" for Aug. I sure don't want any wind or hail, the ground is soooooo wet roots will not hold tall cornstalks up. Oh well, at least it's humid. emoticon

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8/8/07 6:26 A

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I like haying, although, today's putting up hay is so much different than years ago. We used to cut the hay with a sickle mower--it took about 2 weeks just to get it cut and that was without any break downs.
Now with a 16' swather, I can get it cut in 12 hours, although, I don't do that. I cut it in two days. And I remember stacking hay, walking around that hay stack trying to get it shaped! That I hated!! Now it's round baled in just a few hours.


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8/7/07 11:22 P

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am glad I don't do hay anymore...we always got rain in July for about 3 or 4 days, just about the time we were haying.. I live in the rye grass capital of the world, though and have huge rye grass fields around me...Most of them bale the straw, and it's shipped mostly to Japan for feed for livestock. Other rye grass farmers burn their fields. I raise 1/4 acre in wheat for my own use...haven't bought flour in at least 20 years. My wheat looks super and no rain is expected the next few wks. On our farm where I grew up, we had 110 acres in hay and as a kid, I thought it was horrible work...I much preferred swinging on the old rope out over our swimming hole in our creek, or chopping wood...Even though I had older brothers, I did way more than my share of chopping wood for our wood heater and wood cook stove, because I always enjoyed it....still do.

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7/22/07 9:00 A

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well, don't feel guilty. Rain is something we can't control. You must just live right!!!!
It's cloudy here, like it could just open up and rain, but probably not. It's been so hot here the past 2 weeks, that those clouds are just teasing us!!

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7/22/07 8:44 A

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I just wrote on my blog what a perfect week we had, almost feel guilty. Right now I am at 8 " rain for the month of July and it came down slow. I see on the whether map the pockets that are dry. I am in northern Ill. Skeeter

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7/22/07 8:28 A

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We have 80ac native grass. I haven't cut it, yet (end of August) but it looks good. We just had .86 rain Wed but we are dry. That little bit of rain sure soaked in fast!
Over the years, our bales from the hay meadow has gradually decreased. I remember baling 400+ bales about 10 years ago, last year we got 203.

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7/21/07 9:52 P

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Hi all, How is everyone's hay doing? I am in Michigan, and it has been so dry here. My hay is really scrimpy this year. I always have extra to sell, but not this year. The news said no rain again this week. How is things in your neck of the woods? Have a good day! MC emoticon

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