Baling Hay in the 1940s: Hay Baler Earned Its Vicious Reputation

Dale Geise recalls the days when his family baled hay – and the inherent danger

Homemade tractor, used to stack hay, September 1940, Ouray County, Colo.
Homemade tractor, used to stack hay, September 1940, Ouray County, Colo.
Russell Lee; courtesy Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, Library of Congress