Three Feathers Estate 2017 Hay Harvest
The day the Prudhomme boys landed in Portland from France, Three Feathers hay was ready to harvest. We drove the French contingent right to Wilco to buy double-reinforced leather gloves and it was off to work.
In three days, Big Blue and Baby Blue (our two New Holland tractors) cut and raked and win-rowed 1200 bales of fine quality fresh green mountain hay for our Oregon customers. We followed behind with our 4×4 truck and trailer, bucking and stacking the bales as fast as the tractors could make them.
The usual mishaps had to happen at the same time on the same day. Our old baler did not like the thicker richer parts of the field let us know it. Big Blue decided it needed more oil and put out a warning light and the huge wheel of our venerable John Deere got a flat.
“Well”, said Victor, “it’s the pleasures of farming! We are doing much better than last year.”