My older brother and I were baling hay when we were 9 and 10. One driving the tractor and the other stacking bales.
I've been thinking about that claim a bit more, and have a couple of questions, parados. If one of you was driving the tractor pulling the baler and baling hay, as I think you are claiming, I am trying to visualize how the other one of you was stacking bales? Did you pull a sled or trailer behind the baler, so that you could stack the bales on it, or were you stacking the bales in groups in the field, or what? Were those bales smaller bales as I assume they were, such as 50 to 100 lbs.? I guess I am questioning how you did that, perhaps you did it differently or had different types of equipment in South Dakota, but when I grew up in Oklahoma and began to do the work in the late 50's into the 60's, the baler left the bales on the ground wherever they happened to be left by the baler. Then we came along later to load the bales onto a truck or trailer, either doing it by hand, or by also employing a bale loader that hooked onto the side of a truck, which had a small gasoline motor driven conveyor that ran the bales up to the level of the hay stacked on the truck, from which they could be taken off and continue to be stacked.
At the time I put up hay, we did not have the larger square or round bales, and the way I described was pretty much how everybody did it.
So I am trying to visualize a 9 year old driving a tractor baling hay, and a 10 year old stacking them, or vice versa. As farmer touched on some of the problems of baling, any hay baling that I observed was never without problems to fix, such as adjustments to get the baler to tie the bales right, or with hay jamming in the baler, the list goes on.