The guys here at the farm just finished up harvesting third crop of alfalfa hay. Typically four crops are harvested here. We do a combination of big bales and haylage (chopped hay that is put in a silo or bunker).
First crop was harvested early as we had such beautiful spring weather. There are 52 acres in the field. The crop yielded 394 of these HUGE bales.
Second crop came along, and it was chopped. Harvest was MUCH less than they typically get but not horrible.
Third crop was harvested this week. 48 bales was the entire harvest…that figures to be 8% of the first harvest….sad.
Throughout the last 2 weeks, we have gotten storms to the north and south of us but for us…little to no rain. On Memorial day we had 2″, mid June we had 3/4″…earlier in July we had 3/10 and in the last go around we had 2/10 so far of July every single day has been above normal temperatures.
It’s amazing how much I have taken for granted in the previous years….