July Mystery Tool

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


Answer is below.



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


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




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.