Stewards of the Heartland

Hay baling on Wood Farms

Late fall hay raking and baling on Wood Farms

It was the last harvest of organic hay at Wood Farms in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in middle September. Some fields had produced four harvests during the calendar year. Farm employee Jon Knapke first traced the cut fields with a circular tined hay rake on the back of the tractor, lining the recently cut grasses in neat rows. Then Dennis Wood worked the baler behind another tractor to pick up, bale, and package the hay.

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Organic hay raking and baling on Wood Farms

Dennis Wood and Jon Knapke bring in the season's last organic hay

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