June 28, 2021

Cutting and Preparing the Hay for Baling

Here in the Northeast, today's weather is expected to be very hot and humid with temperatures in the 90s. Last week, while the temperatures were still warm, but much more pleasant, my outdoor grounds crew worked hard to get all the hay at my Bedford, New York farm cut and baled before the heat wave.

When I moved here, I designated three separate areas as hayfields and planted them with a mixture of timothy, orchard grass, Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and clovers - all great for producing good quality hay. The hay is also treated with agricultural lime, a soil additive made from pulverized limestone or chalk that works to correct the acidity of the soil, eradicate any noxious weeds, and raise the overall health of the land. To make hay, we cut the hayfields, tossed the grass for the crucial drying process, raked it all into tidy windrows for collection, and then baled the hay.

Enjoy these photos.