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Brad Nelson

In Tales of a Hay Hauler, Brad Nelson shares his unique perspective of the forage industry through his hay-hauling experiences, skillfully woven through storytelling and humor.

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“A” is for apple – remember learning the letters primer? How’s about an age-appropriate alphabet, starting with each letter’s relevance first to a very young person, then older, then full blown adult, then “second childhood”?

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There’s a story around about a fellow with an ill-mannered son who hadn’t seen much of the world. The day the boy mouthed off about the garb worn by some bikers and got his dad bounced around was the day the dad went shopping.

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“Hey, man, I’m watching videos,” was the answer I gave when the cord from my welding hood to my jacket pocket was questioned. Knowing I was looking at an extended welding project in cold weather, I was dreading the accompanying fogging of welding hood lens and glasses.

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For 5% hay, the stand of alfalfa in the field had to be robust. The guys pulling the soil sample and the guys prescribing the needed fertilizer had to hit it spot on. The herbicide had to take out all the weeds without stunting the growth of the alfalfa.

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Ah yes! A new year. And the cynic would say, “Can’t wait for someone to make a mess of this year, too.”

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I forget what we were working on underneath the car my wife used daily. My helper claimed he was an extremely competent mechanic.

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