THE SHAPE OF BALES TO COME
Cutting and storing hay is the mainstay
of most large farming operations.
And for the past 40 years,
round bales are the preferred and economical
"unit of measure."
These round giants are rolled into shape
but hardly toted by hand
like the smaller rectangular bales
that predominated hay fields in the past.
Round bales can reach a ton in weight,
while rectangular bales are 50-60 pounds
and can still be managed by hand
(popular in feed lots and hayrides.)
Throughout the summer and autumn,
it's common to see grass and hay fields
strewn with these rolled wheels of hay.