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Tractor Show In My Backyard

Baling Hay

Many of you know that I live next door to my daughter, who lives next door to my in-laws. We have A LOT of grass to mow, which my father-in-law Marshall cuts! This year, Marshall decided not to mow a section and let my brother-in-law, Frank, have it for his mules.


This past weekend Frank cut it and then brought over his friend’s old Farmall tractor with the rake to turn the grass. I was told that you need to do it twice to get it to dry. So Marshall took over that job! The next day, in comes another BIG BLUE TRACTOR that Frank used to bale the hay.


Then, a different tractor appeared with the wagon, and out went my husband to help hand load it. While I am sure Frank had access to another machine that would have picked up the hay, this was too small of an area to use it. So the old fashioned way of loading it started.


While it seems like a lot of work, the benefit, in the end, was Frank had his bales of hay for his mules. You can see Frank at many of the Summer parades and Mule Pulls. Nothing but the best for his babies.


The next time you see a hay wagon being pulled down the road, by the way, think about those farmers and what they go through day after day from one season to the other.If you love seeing old tractors and learning more about farming check out the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship, MD   #haveyouthankedafarmer

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Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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