As we lengthened our bicycle rides, we began seeing more signs of haying. It would seem the hay crop was a little better further East and not only had it cured sufficiently, it was already put up in round bales. These round bales can weigh between 1,100 and 2,200 ponds (500 to 1,000 kg) and vary between 48 and 72 inches (120 to 180 cm) in diameter.
When I was growing up in Southern Alberta in the 1968, I helped my Dad custom stack over 100,000 round and square bales, all of the smaller size, weighing between 40 and 110 pounds in my two months of summer holidays from Garde 9. The 110 pound bales were brutes made by a farmer who was told that if he just tightened the tension on the baler, he could cut his stacking costs in half. Yeah, and kill the custom stackers, too. Then there was the guy who baled a whole field of Scottish thistles. Not sure what the motive was her, as I can not imagine what bovine in their right mind would chew through that crap. All I know is that I wore out two sets of blue jeans and one set of knees in two days. Not my happiest bale stacking experienc.
The larger bales shown in my feature photo, started to become common in the 1970s. We were happy to see these ubiquitous summer prairie icons all along our route.
These photos were taken August 5, 2020.