Innovations in Haystack Slicing

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I readily confess to being a total city boy. But I still have to ask: would it not have been simpler to make smaller haystacks in the first place?

Or is this just something country folks do for fun?

Original article here.
     Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 16, 2012
     Category: Agriculture | Chindogu | 1930s

The hay on the outside of the stacks was ruined by exposure to the weather but it also created a seal that kept the hay in the middle of the stack safe and usable.

The size of the stack shown here is quite impressive!!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/16/12 at 11:52 AM
Must be a Texas haystack. Used to feed those Jackalopes! 😛
Posted by KDP on 02/16/12 at 02:16 PM
now they are done in huge rolls and covered by tarps.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/16/12 at 08:23 PM
You have to be careful about ventilation once you get a haystack over a certain size (no, I don't know how big), or they can spontaneously combust.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 02/16/12 at 11:12 PM
The hay has to be dry when you put it up. It's the moisture content that gets things started.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/17/12 at 12:02 AM
@KDP: I heard that they killed the last jackalope a few months ago. Where is PETA when you really need them? :down:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/17/12 at 12:03 AM
I was born on a farm, but my parents were over-educated hippies who'd tired of Berkeley and tried to go "back to the land" as farmers. Knowing nearly nothing about farming, they put up green hay and nearly burnt down the barn, fed cows on corn till they got sick, and did all sorts of other silly things an experienced farmer would fall down laughing at.
Posted by Miles on 02/17/12 at 01:20 PM
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