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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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The GPS can be wonderful and useless at the same time. I was south of Mountain Home, Idaho recently, looking for an old friend and hay grower.

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Years back there was a TV commercial for a margarine product that used the wordage, “Better than Butter.” It included a scene where “Mother Nature” was offered a taste of both butter and the new, improved “imitation yellow grease.”

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The air conditioner was working fine. Both windows were open and the air from outside was flowing freely through the cab of the Freightliner.

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In less time than it would have taken to find an actual dictionary somewhere in the house, I found on-line the Merriam-Webster definition of “trophy.”

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It was Christmas time. It was snow country. Mom, Dad, kids and the huge dog that seemed to live just for the kids were ready to open presents.

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“Just what are you guys up to?” were the words the officer of the law used to both introduce himself and state his business. Two loaded hay trucks were parked beside the road in a residential section of town, both aimed toward a cul-de-sac.

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