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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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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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I just had a wild thought. Thinking about one of the plant geneticist’s presentation at the Washington Hay Growers Conference, about turning off specific genes in a plant’s DNA – what about a cow with a genetically modified tongue and digestive system so the cow could stick an anteater-like tongue down a gopher tunnel and retrieve and eat the gopher?

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“Now, any of you who don’t already know how to weld or do simple electrical wiring or carpentry, it will save you lots of grief if you get over to the vocational shop and take a class or two.”

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Some things do not change: tires. Four under a car. Four or six under a pickup.

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I called my almost-10-year-old grandson in by my computer on Sept. 11 this year. I showed him some videos of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

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