Wheat Straw Bales

After Harland finished harvesting the wheat, he put up some of the wheat straw into large bales.

Unlike the hay that he baled lask week which will be used to feed the cattle next winter, the wheat straw is for bedding.

It doesn’t have enough nutrient value as feed, but it is tough and works well as bedding for when the cows have their calves.

We had rain all day Sunday and Monday, but it cleared off late Monday afternoon revealing a perfect post-storm Kansas sky.

Makes a person feel humble to be part of such scenery.


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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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28 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    I love the clouds in your pictures! Very Kansas! My favorites are the first and last picture.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Jen,
      The clouds were great that afternoon. A different view in every direction.
      Thanks for dropping by,

  2. Beautiful shots of the never ending sky. Love the colors.

  3. Kelly says:

    Wow! I love those bales! The shots are gorgeous, with the cloudy summer skies and the golden bales in the sunshine. Beautiful!

  4. Beautiful photos! and beautiful sky! I was thinking, sometimes I use the word hay, when I should be saying straw, and visa versa. I think I might understand now. So….hay is what the cows EAT and straw is used only for BEDDING. Do I have that right?

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      You got it! Hay is grass, and wheat straw is what is left after the wheat harvest from the wheat plant.
      Take care,

  5. Darcy says:

    I stumbled upon your blog while reading Pioneer Woman comments, and I’m so excited that I did! I’m a fellow Kansan (although I leave in August for college in Oklahoma), so I thoroughly enjoy all of these blogs that celebrate our lives here in the Midwest! Your photos are beautiful and the stories are so interesting–keep up the good work!

    The Chic College Cowgirl

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Darcy,
      Thank you so much! It is for people like you that I do this blog thing.
      Take care,

  6. Teresa says:

    I love the color of straw. Of course ours in Iowa comes from oats after they have been combined, but it’s basically the same thing. Your pictures are beautiful. Vast. That’s the word that comes to mind when I look at them.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Thank you so much! And I would love to see a field of oats sometime. Those aren’t grown here.
      Take care,

  7. Shailaja says:

    Years ago while visiting the U.S., I had flown over Kansas on my way to OK from Chicago. I had marvelled at the beautiful fields that, from the sky, looked like a painting. Now you have shown me what they look like at ground level! So beautiful!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Shailaja,
      You’re welcome. I’m happy to be able to show the real KS to everyone.
      Thanks for visiting,

  8. Julie says:

    Oh my goodness. Those pics are amazing. I love the bales….and the sky….very lovely.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Julie,
      Wheat bales in the fiels is one of the prettiest views we have here. I love it.
      Take care,

  9. Maegan says:

    Oh how beautiful!

  10. Cheryl says:

    You’re feeding my sky addiction. I can’t get enough blue sky. Add a few innocent white clouds and I’m a happy girl.

    • Suzanne says:

      Sometimes I just can’t believe how pretty the sky is. And here in KS, there is so much of it to see.
      Thank you!

  11. Gena says:

    Simply beautiful!

  12. malissa says:

    would you happend to have any to sell, and if so, where are you located in Kansas, and yes the photos are beautiful, so peaceful, makes you want to get in the field and work,

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Malissa,
      We’re located in Northeast Kansas. I’m sorry, but we don’t have any straw bales to sell. We put up just enough for our needs ever year.

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