I am down in Schulenburg. I have a small farm and use a scythe to cut cover crop, you are more than welcome to come down and and have a go at cutting. I use a blade from scythe supply, and I have more than enough wood around to throw together a snath that fits him. Saturdays I am home in the late afternoon, we will be selling at the markets there in Austin starting next week.
Don't be afraid to call the tractor guys and go take a look. They buy farms around the country and repair and resale the equipment, most of it here because they have better sales here and they live here. I decided to get a different tractor then I originally went to look at. They usually list the tractors they've fully repaired and repainted. I'm mechanically inclined and don't care about paint, so I got a tractor they hadn't done much to plus some implements at a good price, they even delivered it, When they start talking fast they can be a bit hard to understand sometimes, the irish accent gets thick when they speak fast, but they are great guys, can't suggest them enough.
Howdy, I'm in Lavaca County near Schulenburg. Currently we have a guy who keeps cattle on our property to help us keep our Ag exemption until I can afford my own livestock. I know there are plenty of small farmer that are more than happy to "lease" land for their cattle. We don't actually charge our guy to lease the land as his cows keep everything mowed and fertilized, and he helps take care of my fences. You could probably find someone local who would be happy to put a few head on your property. On your tractor if your on a budget I got a good deal from a couple of Irish guys who repair and resale a lot of tractors. They post a lot on Houston craigslist, their out near Hockley/Waller/ Magnolia.
Long time reader of the forums, I signed up to help you. I'm a big fan of okra, and grow a good bit. My first thought is, are you harvesting the pods. A lot of okra will not continue to grow if you leave the pods on. My usual is after the flower to let the pods grow for a few days to a week then I cut them off. I don't think I've ever had more than two pods on a plant at a time. I've grown okra 7-8' . Also direct sow if possible if your season is short start in as big of a pot as you can.