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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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“Unflappable” is one of those words like “defunct.” You hear things described as defunct, meaning broken or not working, but you never hear of something in good working order described as being “funct,” just as you never hear of a person being “flappable.”

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Couple or three years back, I needed a small, cheap heater for the shop. Just to take the edge of cold off in one spot. Shopping in the heaters section of Wally World, I’d made my selection and was about to take it and leave when …

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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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