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Sep 10, 2009 by Lee Hart

Wind-powered alfalfa

Hay bale 1.jpegHaybale 2.jpeg

Power generating wind turbines are appearing everywhere
across the country, but I bet Alberta still holds the record for having winds
that can push round hay bales around.

Oddly enough these pictures were sent to me by my
brother-in-law, Walter, who lives in Carp, Ontario (just outside Ottawa).
Supposedly they are aerial photos of hay bales near Medicine Hat, Alberta that
rolled during a recent wind event. The email didn’t say which windy day, so it
could have been when Hurricane Edna swept western Canada in ‘ought 3’,but I’m
guessing it is more recent.

As Walter
noted, this is more interesting than crop circles. Good thing I wasn’t walking
in the field that day.  I could
have ended up in Swift Current.

I think there is a lesson to be learned from these photos. Think about what you're doing in the privacy of your forage stand. You never know who’s watching.



Lee Hart

Lee Hart

Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)

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