3rd Cutting Alfalfa

  • Published on Jul 27, 2021
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Comments • 594

  • Token Civilian
    Token Civilian 10 months ago +18

    Those aerial shots of the fields as the wagons and chopper did their job were great - the symmetry and order of the contours and the raked material...just called to an aesthetic that I like.

  • tom gorham
    tom gorham 10 months ago +25

    The drone shots of the farm and the cutting were awesome. Such a beautiful area.

  • Hatfield Country
    Hatfield Country 9 months ago +1

    I've never seen alfalfa done like that stored in silos, very cool. Down here in south central Kentucky most farmers in my area they square bale it and sell it to the horse farms.

  • Parker Boyack
    Parker Boyack 10 months ago +30

    Would be cool to do a video talking about the previous generations. Any pics/video you have of how they used to do things, etc. Would be sweet!

    • TryHard FinessedYou
      TryHard FinessedYou 10 months ago +2

      They go into the history a little bit on the 200k subscriber special? Or maybe it was 100k special either way. No videos but they did show a cool old picture of how the farm was in the 50s? I think, possibly even before. Worth the watch!

    • John 00
      John 00 10 months ago +1

      Yeah a look around some of those other barns

  • Bobby B
    Bobby B 10 months ago +25

    The work never ends on a farm , the rewards can be seen in your faces though knowing you are feeding the world. Thankyou much Farmers.

  • Fred J
    Fred J 10 months ago +47

    Seems like yesterday Eric was at 100,000 and now 350,000. Great job and continue the great videos. Thank you Eric.

  • Jeff W
    Jeff W 10 months ago +7

    Beautiful crops...Beautiful fields. Nice job! And I'm proud to be part of the new scrape alley's christening.

  • PAfarmboy
    PAfarmboy 10 months ago +11

    The new scrape alley was like a piece of finished lumber. Sooner or later it's time to apply the stain. ๐Ÿ˜

  • DM For
    DM For 10 months ago +20

    The amount of knowledge, skill, mechanical aptitude, and lots more to run a modern dairy farm is unbelievable. Maybe Ericโ€™s best comment so far โ€œDad has pretty good form with the shovel !!

    • Jacqueline Harper-Simmons
      Jacqueline Harper-Simmons 8 months ago +1

      I agree. I thought you get up early feed animals and call it a day.

    • BolenFarms
      BolenFarms 10 months ago +2

      @STEVENS todd i never had to crank the unloaded up. It was always ready to roll for me. We only did one silo though and rest in bags.

    • STEVENS todd
      STEVENS todd 10 months ago +2

      Harvestore silos are always fun to fill don't have to pull Silo unloaders up just open the top and start to fill and if you put too much in the roof gets full and you have to put that in there too

    • Will R
      Will R 10 months ago +3

      *I 100% agree with you. Eric has amazing skills.*

  • Richard Surtees
    Richard Surtees 10 months ago +1

    That was a grate video thank you. It's great to see your new barn been used. I hope it makes things easier for you. Looking forward to the next instalment. God bless Richard

  • Jon Strande
    Jon Strande 10 months ago +1

    That drone footage of the fields, was beautiful. I heard thar some dairy farmers are experimenting with seaweed to put in their feeds, and from that it helps digestion and lowers methane production.

  • Steven Noel
    Steven Noel 10 months ago +2

    Great video Eric your new barn is working out well I enjoy watching your videos keep up the fine work be safe .

  • Blaze Duskdreamer
    Blaze Duskdreamer 10 months ago +2

    I always love the view from the silo! And the drone is cool too - partially for the same reason - the view - but I also never tired of how synchronized they are bringing the grain in. I know they simply go the same speed but the smoothness of the two machines working together - there's something weirdly calming and beautiful about it. Teamwork!

  • Alec From Minnenowhere
    Alec From Minnenowhere 10 months ago +16

    Looks like Sudan grass to me. It's absolutely amazing how that stuff shrinks when it dries.
    What did your Dad do for help before you started helping?

    • BolenFarms
      BolenFarms 10 months ago +2

      @Mark I saw a guy have some stuff like that last year. I was curious what it was. Now I know!

    • Mark
      Mark 10 months ago +3

      I think you are right about the Sudan Grass. I think it is lethal to animals if it frosts the stalks before cutting and harvesting, so, the farmer needs to be careful. If I am incorrect, someone please tell me.

  • Charles Ward
    Charles Ward 10 months ago +7

    Thanks for the details on the PTO shaft swap. How does the rake affect ash content?

    • Charles Ward
      Charles Ward 10 months ago

      @IIJOMAiII that make perfect sense, thanks for your detailed response!

      IIJOMAiII 10 months ago +4

      Most of the ash gets into the feed through the mowing or like in this case the raking....part of that can be-and always will be-the wrong set up of the machinery or unfortunate weather (if it's a little bit on the wet side, the dirt is kind of glued to the grass).
      The rakes actually have a big impact on how much ash you get into your feed. The Rake showcased in this video for example only touches the ground on half of its spin (I hope that makes any sense)...given it isn't set to low, so that you would throw up the dirt, it's moving the feed only a pretty short distance on the ground. The less the hay touches the ground while being moved into the windrow, the less ash gets into it.
      The cleanest way of raking are actually mergers, like the ones Andy from "Farming, fixing and fabricating" uses, these pick the grass up from the ground and move it into the windrows through conveyor belts: the grass doesn't get pushed over the ground and can't pick up any dirt, dust, ash. That being said, those mergers are pretty expensive and rakes like Eric uses it in this one should work faster with a good result of its work as well.
      I hope that makes any sense, it's kind of hard for me to put it into words, since I am not a native English speaker ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Steve Adams
    Steve Adams 10 months ago

    Loved the video. It always makes my day when I see you have posted a new one. Thank you Eric, for all the extra work involved in taking us along on your work day. Very enjoyable!

  • Lloyd Arnold
    Lloyd Arnold 10 months ago +1

    Great Video. Please be careful and safe on top of the silos. I could tell that the heat was getting to you. So please stay safe and thanks for ALL of your hard work and videos.

  • Vargas Dunes
    Vargas Dunes 10 months ago +1

    All your videos are good. This was one of the best! And the new barn looks nice with the grading completed. Love your clever sense of humor regarding the scrape alley concrete and staying on the silo to avoid having to climb back up top. Good drone flying btw.

  • Ellen Tiedt
    Ellen Tiedt 10 months ago +1

    Beautiful drone footage and music, soo relaxing! Great farm life ๐Ÿ’š

  • Chris Crosby
    Chris Crosby 10 months ago

    Haying time is always the best videos!! Was wondering what feelings you had as you made your first manure pass on the new floorโ˜บ๏ธ such an awesome new building!! Thanks for a super good video Eric ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Farm Boy
    Farm Boy 10 months ago +3

    Love the views from on top of the silos when you are looking out. But I hate when you are looking down at the top of the silo lid area, and then quickly go out beyond the ladder cage. I do not like heights, and it gives me the "Heebie-Jeebies" when you do that.

  • Ben, the Maker
    Ben, the Maker 10 months ago

    Those drone/field shots are absolutely gorgeous! I watch your videos whenever they come out- It's really nice to see your operation from above. It gives a much different appreciation for your craft, for me, at least.

  • Gregory Shufelt
    Gregory Shufelt 10 months ago +1

    What an awesome view from the top of the silos. Will you do any more planting or just let the fields go to grass? Your growing season begins earlier than it does here in Northern Vermont. It's either colder or wetter here. We are entering our cooler season, Temps this week only in high 60s and mid 70s, has been raining a lot more.
    Like your videos, informative and shows how much you care about the farm and animals.

  • Kathleen Mcinerney
    Kathleen Mcinerney 10 months ago +22

    Your farms look pristine! So proud to have a dairy farmer like you in my state!

  • Doug DiPlacido
    Doug DiPlacido 10 months ago +2

    Gotta get that new concrete initiated with some nice manure. It is taking on a nice patina. Never get tired of watching your work. Thanks so much for making and sharing the videos.

  • Larry Garner
    Larry Garner 10 months ago +2

    The new taller hay looks like sudan grass hay which we always ran through a crimper because the stalk of the hay is usually to stimmy for the cows to eat if not crimped. Thanks for another great video!

  • Tony Camaj
    Tony Camaj 10 months ago

    Beautiful footage from the drone. The fields look amazing. Love this channel.

  • Chris Holtgrave
    Chris Holtgrave 2 months ago

    New to the channel. As a Harvestore service guy we appreciate 50% DM. Love the videos I've seen. Keep up the good work

  • Nick B78
    Nick B78 10 months ago +3

    Thatโ€™s a great rake. Done many hours of rowing up here in the UK with the same one however Iโ€™m very jealous of the fact that you can move between fields just by lifting the arms up. Where I was working you had to take 4 arms off each rake and fold down part of the frame to make it low enough to get down the roads under trees. Was such a pain but I still enjoy that job almost as much as tedding

  • shop shop
    shop shop 10 months ago +3

    The aerial view of your farm was great. At around 18 minutes in, is that an old quarry next to your fields?

  • Brenda Adams
    Brenda Adams 10 months ago

    Your farm and equipment are looking well maintained. I've watched your progress since this channel started and wish you prosperity and blessings!

  • Joseph Freehill
    Joseph Freehill 10 months ago +5

    Hey man just letting you know one reason why the ac might not be too good in the John Deere is because the cabin air filter might need replacing

  • David Cantu
    David Cantu 10 months ago +76


  • Christian Terrill
    Christian Terrill 10 months ago +1

    It's funny how excited I get for your harvest videos! Probly as excited as you get for harvest!

  • John Warren
    John Warren 10 months ago +4

    10 Man, I'm sure your Kubota skid has "Float Mode" you can use to smooth out the dirt work around your new construction. A little more refined work. Easier on the lawn mower. Won't be a rough ride. Great video. God bless Gal 2:20

  • Rich Maniscalco
    Rich Maniscalco 10 months ago +2

    The beauty of the Harvestore, You just open the lid and you can refill it. You donโ€™t have to compress the unloader and crank it to the top. Nice and easy to go from one Harveststore to the other, to finish third cutting.

  • Darryl Juneau
    Darryl Juneau 10 months ago

    I am from Louisiana I have been watching you for a year now. Really enjoy and appreciate all what yโ€™all do as a family to bring milk to the table.

  • brietzterry
    brietzterry 10 months ago +1

    My wife and I had a visceral reaction to seeing the new concrete get coated in manure!

  • Michael Filipelli
    Michael Filipelli 10 months ago +23

    Keepโ€™em coming! Love the content!!!

  • Janet Dupree
    Janet Dupree 10 months ago

    Eric, thanks for all your videos. Your channel is one of my favorites. Even though I am a โ€œcity girlโ€, I love learning new things. Another one of my favorites is Sandi Brock. She and her husband are Canadian. They grow grasses and corn to sell and to feed Sandiโ€™s sheep. She raises market sheep. Her videos are often pretty funny. Check out her channel.

  • Steve Thome
    Steve Thome 10 months ago

    Your farm looks awesome. Love to see the pride in keeping things nice

  • William Baker
    William Baker 10 months ago

    Videos are great. Love the way your farm is laid out. Looks like new barn and surrounding area is laid out to make it so much more efficient.

  • Conor timm
    Conor timm 10 months ago +3

    That other hay looks like Sudan grass, we do a good chunk of acres with it after we harvest our cover crop. We really like it for bailage. Always yields really good

  • Cew Co
    Cew Co 10 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this with me!
    A great video and very informative, great job Eric! ๐Ÿ‘

  • S Hammond
    S Hammond 8 months ago

    I never thought I would be entertained watching the daily work of farming. Keep the content coming.

  • John 00
    John 00 10 months ago +3

    Hey Eric, how do you stop the manure pits filling up with rain water

  • jon lowe
    jon lowe 10 months ago

    Watching the entire construction process (as everyone in the comments has)and seeing the product in use is extremely satisfying. Great video as always mate ๐Ÿ‘

  • Dean Byler
    Dean Byler 10 months ago +1

    16:32 "He's got pretty good form with the shovel." :-P Great sense of humor, Eric! Keep up the great content, brother!

  • Vanenmar
    Vanenmar 2 months ago

    Awesome stuff! I've never even sat in a tractor, and all the buttons and controls inside fascinate me although I have no idea what any of them are for lol

  • Gerald Roth
    Gerald Roth 10 months ago

    Eric your farm is beautiful. The fields are awesome. Thanks for sharing

  • Larry Caughron
    Larry Caughron 10 months ago +3

    It's nice when mother nature gives you a bid helping hand during the summer months...
    Looks great, be safe, and be well. ๐Ÿถ

  • Robyn Morris
    Robyn Morris 10 months ago

    Great drone coverage and the views from the top of the silo were fantastic; great work Eric!! In the blue silos, that have 2nd and 3rd cutting in them, there is still air at the topโ€ฆdoes this not create any mold on the top area?? Really enjoyed watching the rotary rakes work. Sure does have a nice folding mechanism.

  • hoophil
    hoophil 10 months ago

    Hey Eric! Great contend and beautiful photography! Love you videos! Stay safe out there!

  • MB Buckeyes
    MB Buckeyes 10 months ago

    Great drone footage. Thanks for all you and ur family does to keep us in dairy products!

  • TS Maple
    TS Maple 10 months ago

    You make incredible content Eric. Awesome keep up the hard work

  • Neil Louise
    Neil Louise 10 months ago +1

    Eric. Have you ever considered putting a webcam on top of the silos? Viewers could see a birdseye view of the farm. Solar-powered. No need to run power cords up.

  • Matt Hoyle
    Matt Hoyle 10 months ago +84

    That was so painful to watch the clean concrete being scraped over. Canโ€™t stay new forever!!

    • Case Farmgirl
      Case Farmgirl 9 months ago

      @Up The Reds Hey aarent you the guy banned from Farmer P and NYfarmgirls for stalking the young female youtubers?

    • Dan Glaus
      Dan Glaus 10 months ago

      @RJai48 what I don't understand

    • RJai48
      RJai48 10 months ago +2

      @Dan Glaus you sound salty af

    • Up The Reds
      Up The Reds 10 months ago +2

      @Bitโ€™s with Brian the pit is for the other barn too, hence why its right beside it

    • Bitโ€™s with Brian
      Bitโ€™s with Brian 10 months ago +2

      Should of had the pit opening closer to the barn door.

  • Andrew Kelsey
    Andrew Kelsey 10 months ago +51

    "He has good form with the shovel. That's why I like it when he does it." ๐Ÿคฃ

  • Bart Noone
    Bart Noone 10 months ago +1

    Since you have a drone, it would be very interesting if you were to show the layout of your fields and buildings

  • Jim Beck
    Jim Beck 10 months ago

    Another great video!! Of the crops you mowed in this video, do you harvest any of it or all of it for feed or are they just cover crops?

  • Bryan Petersen
    Bryan Petersen 10 months ago

    Great video how'd the sorghum Sudan grass turn out? Would you consider planting more of it?

  • IH RED
    IH RED 10 months ago

    Great video as usual and kudos to your father for climbing the silo in what looks like water shoes.

  • 4th gen dairy farmer
    4th gen dairy farmer 10 months ago +46

    Looks like a great vid corn and hay looks very good!

  • joetheagent
    joetheagent 10 months ago

    Farm is looking sharp Eric! I LOL'd at the first brown streak on the new scrape alley!

  • Charles Lynch
    Charles Lynch 10 months ago +2

    Were does the time go feels like u just started 1st cutting glad we got to see u use the scrape ally for the very first time looks like it does well

  • Matthew Burns
    Matthew Burns 10 months ago

    Great video as always, Dads shoulder seems way better. Thanks for bring us along.

  • Designsbyg
    Designsbyg 10 months ago

    thank you. its a good bit of work to do these vids, and I truly enjoy watching what you are up to on the farm. I did farm work as a teen. I miss it.

  • Vitaliy Rusev
    Vitaliy Rusev 10 months ago +2

    I like how u just keep it to the point. No extra talking or off topic things. And u dont bomb ur channel with music. Good to just see it raw.

  • Cameron Beilke
    Cameron Beilke 10 months ago +5

    I love that your dad climbed the silo in crocs

  • Sam Herbert
    Sam Herbert 10 months ago

    What a great tidy and organized set up u guys have ๐Ÿ‘

  • kay haussmann
    kay haussmann 10 months ago +1

    hey eric is nice to see you working with a rotary rake now because down here in germany we only use those type of rake's i actually never saw a wheel rake here

  • ArbitrarityInTheMatrix
    ArbitrarityInTheMatrix 9 months ago

    I had to go Google what a 540 or 1000 PTO were...
    This stuff in incredibly informative for how simple the delivery is, nice video.

  • Jeffrey Worth
    Jeffrey Worth 10 months ago

    Great video eric, keep up th good content, thanks for being a farmer.

  • Barbara Beagley
    Barbara Beagley 9 months ago

    The new work at your barn looks fantastic!

  • Todd Robinson
    Todd Robinson 10 months ago

    Love the drone shots! Great looking farm.

  • Chuck Smith
    Chuck Smith 10 months ago

    Wow I wish in my younger days we had people who knew how to drive while cutting you got some good drivers there

  • Dan Finley
    Dan Finley 10 months ago

    Wow thanks for all that you and your family do for us god bless. Spot on with the drone footage

    TERRY W. BOWEN, BCE 10 months ago +6

    Suggest you carry a Leatherman Wave or Surge with you to always have a screwdriver and other tools whenever you need one.

    • Sue Upham
      Sue Upham 10 months ago


    • Joel Harnish
      Joel Harnish 10 months ago

      Supertool 300, screwdriver bits get lost from wave/surge style also don't have any reach for recessed screw heads.

    • dc1445
      dc1445 10 months ago +1

      I thought the exact same thing. I carry a Free P4 every day and absolutely love it.

  • Arizona Kid
    Arizona Kid 10 months ago +3

    I liked all the over head views of dairy farm . See ya on the next one . Looking forward to corn ๐ŸŒฝ chopping silage

  • Michael Collins
    Michael Collins 10 months ago

    Dang guys you made out pretty well alot of other farmers suffering due to draught GOD has blessed you

  • Rafe Hollister
    Rafe Hollister 10 months ago +2

    It gives me the willies when you look over that ladder. Be safe! Itโ€™s so easy to fall without a harness.

  • J Dog
    J Dog 10 months ago

    Great video as always also I love the drone shots did anybody else see Eric riding in the chopper while filming with the drone. Phil 4:13

  • Eward Mello
    Eward Mello 10 months ago +3

    I would love to see your water source for your barn.

  • Arlene Drake
    Arlene Drake 7 months ago

    Seeing the farm living makes me want to be a part of it

  • Thomas Vogelgesang
    Thomas Vogelgesang 10 months ago

    You do a great job on your videos. Keep up the hard work with the videos. Always look forward to seeing them. I enjoy the sense of humor you have.

  • Trevor Wikkerink
    Trevor Wikkerink 10 months ago

    Hey Eric, good to see you got 3rd cut in, we're between 2nd and 3rd cut up here in Ontario. Just a tip with that rotary rake, don't run it much over 1600 rpm especially in alfalfa or the leaves will be gone. Basically, the wetter the crop is, the higher the rpms, the dryer it is, the lower. Also, have you guys ever considered doing hay in a day? i.e., cut early morning and chop late afternoon on the same day. The feed quality is better if it is done in one day. Thanks for posting, keep up the good work!

  • Dickson Sifuna
    Dickson Sifuna 9 months ago

    I never tire watching this. I love all and everything. Really amazing

  • Rakeem Peace
    Rakeem Peace 10 months ago +4

    I like the way you cut the field the design in it

  • Midwestern railroader
    Midwestern railroader 10 months ago +1

    I always look forward to new videos on your channel. Great job.

  • Paranormal Freak
    Paranormal Freak 10 months ago +2

    That looks so fun driving big tractors like that my dad has a JD 755 itโ€™s a good size but nothing like yours

  • Just wondering
    Just wondering 10 months ago

    You and your Dad keep a nice farm clean and well thought out

  • Eoin King
    Eoin King 10 months ago

    Good video,
    Question : how Manny revs were you giving the rake ?

  • Bart Noone
    Bart Noone 10 months ago +2

    The aerial shots in this video are good, but Iโ€™d be interested in one that focuses on the relationships

  • notsoserious09
    notsoserious09 10 months ago

    I've never noticed the old quarry before! Nice drone work.

  • Steve Neal
    Steve Neal 10 months ago

    awesome video. Your videos make my heart full everytime that you post a video. Thank you for making an old man day.

  • Jim Brown
    Jim Brown 10 months ago

    Great video Thanks for posting great editing we just finished up 2nd cutting am amazed at yours

  • Cervidae Harvester
    Cervidae Harvester Month ago

    In farm sim, I've found the two rakes on one side works better imo, try that and compare if you can get your hands on one.

  • Steven Andrew Callicott Jr.

    Gorgeous drone footage. Amazing. Great job.

  • Jesus IsGod
    Jesus IsGod 10 months ago

    Nice video and good transitions! Thank you for the video! Can we see more milkings?

  • Barbara Stedillie
    Barbara Stedillie 10 months ago

    Canโ€™t began to express how much I enjoyed this episode! The beautiful fields, the ballet-type rhythmic moves of the chopper in perfect synch with the collection truck, and to top it off, that so-perfect music!! All shown beautifully with the drone!! Great vid!!

    • ZZ
      ZZ 10 months ago

      Almost made me cry it was so beautiful!