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.
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.
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.
I was flying my drone (DJI Mavic Air) up a canyon to get some nice shots of the beautiful mountains. While I was reviewing the footage, I was surprised to see a Peregrine falcon had decided at the last moment to not try to have the drone for lunch. I’d say they both got pretty lucky!
I as fortunate, however, to get some footage of such a beautiful animal!
The 730 Diesel is a pretty impressive machine. It was Deere’s largest row-crop two-cylinder, and also happened to be the last series to feature the two-cylinder before their introduction of the “New Generation” machines in 1960. The 730 was about the same size as the 3010, which according to Deere literature at the time, was its direct replacement.
Driving a 730 Diesel is unlike any other machine, before or since (with the exception of the 720). This particular machine is a direct-drive electric start. The 720, which was a near-identical model before it, had more pony engine starters than electric starters. The Pony, or cranking engine, was a small gas engine that you would start up first, which would then be used to turn over the large diesel engine. The electric starters were large 24 volt starting systems.
Since not everyone will have an opportunity to drive a 730 Diesel, I thought I’d share this video to replicate the experience as well as I can.