July Mystery Tool

Farmers use this tool, though usually a little later in the year. Check the length–that’s a yardstick.

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Answer is below.

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It is a Hay Knife. It’s used to cut sections of hay from a stack. This version is an American improvement on an English tool, invented in the 1870s. The picture of the ad is from the British Museum.

For more information, see

http://www.farmcollector.com/tools/feeding-loose-hay-from-an-outside-haystack.aspx

Also, if you search for “lightning hay knife” in your browser, there are videos of folks using them.

 

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Broomcorn update, July 4

 

Tallest stalks are about chest high. If you stop by you’ll see that some are much shorter–some spots had to be replanted early on so are a bit younger.

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