Precision and Accuracy
Have you ever seen farmers doing farm work at sometimes the oddest times? Well, farmers have to get the crops in when they can. That can be difficult because our weather in Michigan is always so unpredictable.
Our guys had plans to get the third cutting of hay done when the weather was good but the sky turned and brought rain. Of course, they were out hustling and bustling to get as much done so they wouldn’t have as much that would get rained on.
When we cut hay, we use an 18-foot, self-propelled windrower and then we merge two windrows into one with a hay merger, and chop it with a self-propelled forage harvester. The chopper blows the hay into the dump truck that drives alongside it and then hauls it to the bunker silo to be packed, covered and stored. It’s really neat to see the dump truck and chopper driving side-by-side — they have to have such precision and accuracy and good communication to be in synch with each other.
Once the hay arrives at the bunker, it gets pushed up and packed with a huge tractor, usually “big duals” (as the kids call it). Packing maximizes how much they can get into the bunker. The tractor has to have precision and accuracy as well because you have to know where the end of the bunker is so you don’t go off the end. It’s quite interesting to watch some of the equipment working with each other to accomplish the work that needs to be done.