Hauling Hay over the Past Decade

This video is a compilation of videos taken over the past decade of us hauling hay in Star Valley, Wyoming. “Haying season” has typically been a very integral part of life in Star Valley–especially during its agricultural past. It’s interesting looking back seeing how things have changed, both in the equipment used, types of bales, and quality of recorded video.

The equipment shown is as fallows: 1972 John Deere 4020 PowerShift
1964 John Deere 3020 PowerShift
John Deere 4020 PowerShift Front-Wheel Assist (FWA)
John Deere 4230
1960 John Deere 730 Diesel
1959 John Deere 630
1949 John Deere BW All-Fuel (AF)
1997 Ford F-250 7.3 L Power Stroke
2001 Ford F-350 7.3 L Power Stroke

We currently use 4x4x8 large square-bales. Previously, we used 3x3x8 large square bales. The 4×4 bales are much nicer to haul and work with… Previous to the 3×3 bales, we used little square bales. Sadly I don’t have anything in terms of video footage. During that time we used a farm-hand 8 pack accumulator with 8-pack grapples on the 3020 and 4020 FWA. The ’72 4020 was purchased after that era.

Planting Grain Hay Spring 2019

I’m a little late with this one, but here’s some video footage of when we planted grain hay this spring. We planted using a John Deere 4640 and John Deere LL-A grain drill. The crop is a three-way grain hay crop (used for cattle feed) that we cut and baled.

Feeding with the 630, December 15 2019

It’s winter time again. And with that, feeding the beef cattle. In this video I am feeding the cattle with a John Deere 630. Dad loaded the bale on the 3020 Diesel PowerShift, as well as brought a little more hay out (alfalfa) to supplement the bale where the weather was so cold (it was below zero f while feeding).

The hay is a three-way mixture of barley, oats, and peas, which the cattle quite enjoy.

Mowing Alfalfa with the Model A and Number 5 Sickle Mower

Mowing hay (a mixture of alfalfa and grass) with a John Deere Model A and Number 5 sickle mower. We have a nice rotary swather, but thought it’d be fun to spend some time and shoot some video of the A and No. 5.

Mowing with the Model A and Number 5 Sickle Mower

Feeding After Dark with the John Deere A

I was a little later getting to the feeding tonight, but it gave me a good opportunity to use my newly installed LED lights. They are a lot brighter than the originals, yet still fit in the same housings (and look “original”). Also, the snow is getting deeper. It’s been pretty cold lately, so the tractor still goes through it okay. It was around 10 degrees F when I was feeding.

1947 John Deere A Engine Rebuild

I recently rebuilt the engine on the 1947 A. I changed out the head and block, plus put new high-compression pistons in it.

This video shows a few photos, plus the first few drives with the newly rebuilt engine. The newer high-compression pistons sure make a big difference!

Special thanks to Jerry’s Machine & Engine Parts of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for their work with the new head and block.