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.
That’s a lot of hay!
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.
Our 2016 Hay Harvest is Finished!
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.