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Circle irrigation in the sunshine

Circle irrigation in the sunshine

With the cool days of fall upon us the work preparing for winter begins.  Irrigation ditches need to be opened up for winter, pumps need to be serviced or repaired, and gear boxes need to be lubed and winterized. Cold weather can come at any time so we need to prepare our irrigation systems for freezing weather and a winter rest.

Hay For Every Need

That’s a lot of hay!

wide shot wtih traped hay stacks with hay fields in background

Hay stacks wrapped with tarps and stored on gravel to protect the hay from sun and weather

We have totaled up the production and we harvested over 21,000 tons of hay on Stevens Hay Farms and nearly 9,000 tons on our sister farm, Round Lake Farms.  All hay that is not shipped to customers directly from the field is put into sheds or fully wrapped with tarps to protect the hay from sun bleaching and weather damage.

Fall 2016 Harvest

Our 2016 Hay Harvest is  Finished!

Five tractors with balers

The tractors assemble on the last field to be baled this year

We finished baling the last field yesterday.  It was a longer season than normal because of good spring weather that allowed us to start harvest about two weeks earlier than normal.  The extended season resulted in a fourth cutting of orchard grass and a third cutting of timothy.