As you can tell in this picture, the hay rake rakes the hay toward the left.
He goes one way down the field and then turns around and comes back. The rake makes, what we call, windrows.
You don't want to make them too wide because it has to fit into the pick up of the hay roller.
This is Hubby with the big tractor and the hay roller.
He goes down the windrows.
The roller has little teeth that catch the hay that is in the windrows, and picks it up into the roller.
Here's a picture of inside of the roller. The bars that run horizontal, roll around and around and form the round bale of hay. Hubby just drives and picks up more hay, making the roll of hay bigger and bigger.
Then he reaches back and winds up the roll with twine as it is being turned in the roller.
When that's done, Hubby pulls a leaver and the back of the roller opens up and the bale comes out.
It's fascinating to watch sometimes, just not when it's 95f outside. If anyone asks, I'll be in the air condition sipping an ice tea.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, ice tea sipper.