These photos were taken July 12, 2020.
There! Now I have used the title, prompted by the photos I thought I had captured, during my “Mind’s Eye” ride. Unfortunately clumsy fingers left me bereft of any photo evidence of the day.
Hay is grass, legumes and a variety of other plants that are cut and dried for use as fodder for large animals (cattle and horses) during the periods when pasture grass is not an option (winter, droughts, etc.). It can be made up of a variety of grasses (timothy, fescue, brome, etc.), as well legumes, such as alfalfa and clovers.
The smell of the alfalfas and clovers was like heaven during our bike ride on the day before.
Typically, in a good year, there are two hay cuttings in a season, the first in mid to late June and the second in September. This first cut was late, due to all our rain.
The farmers had been hard at work cutting the hay during a relatively dry period, now they could only hope it would stay dry enough, for the hay to fully cure, ready for baling. a day later, there was a huge rain/hail storm. So much for that idea.
On the Saturday, the farmers were busily making the rounds with tractors and hay mower-conditioners to do the cut. The conditioner consists of two rollers that crimp and split the stalks to promote faster drying.
On Sunday AM, the swaths did not really look like much. One can only hope it was worth the effort.
Making Hay While the Sun Shines
Tractors circling fields,
making hay while the sun shines.
Food for long winter.