Stringin’ hops

This past winter I cut 1,700 pieces of baler twine measuring 20 feet long each in order use in the hopyard this year (that’s almost six and a half miles worth). By standing on the platform on the hay rack wagon, I can tie one end of each piece of twine to the top cable directly above each hop plant as my dad drives a tractor pulling the wagon up and down the rows. This involves a lot of starting and stopping as you can imagine. After I’ve tied around one or two hundred pieces on the top cables, I’ll then go through and tie the other end of the piece of twine to the bottom wire located between the poles about a foot off the ground.

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