Various thoughts and travels
Really rare sight. Very labour intensive, like stooks.
Quite rare these days.
Interesting, I've never seen them stacked that way. Wonder if it was a Canadian thing or ...
I really cannot remember why it was done this way.
My dad always used rectangular bales and normally would bale them directly onto a wagon. Piling those bales onto the wagon just so was an art - and heaven forbid if the person driving the entire ensemble were to hit a groundhog hole and tip the entire lot off.
When I was young my parents/grand parents did this. Had a device that grouped the bales, and then went around the field and manually stooked them. I was told it was to avoid barn fires due to heating. My cousins (more people in family) had a mechanical gaflinka like a giant salad fork, towed behind the baler, and the second person built the stook as bales came out, then stepped on a pedal to release it. All required hand-bombing onto the wagon later. I was the little guy driving the tractor.Neighbour in HS baled right on to the wagon(2 person).Regional differences? Modern equipment has changed everything these days.I'd guess that hay had to be baled "green", or greenish, for some reason. /DW
Thanks. Really appreciate the background on this.