There’s not many days that I get up at 7 am on a Sunday morning, but this was the exception.
Once the combine has finished harvesting the cereals, the straw that is left is baled and stored for the winter. Baling is very time-critical, or so I’m told.
Bale too early in the morning and the straw will still be damp with dew. This is to be avoided if you don’t want to finish up with a barn full of steaming, rotting bales.
Bale too late and the straw will be so dry that all the nutritious bits will simply drop onto the ground leaving nothing but the stalks. Not really recommended considering that we use it to feed the sheep from time to time.
Hence my early start. And as you can see, I only just got there in time. Lucky the farmer has less difficulty getting out of bed than I do!