The Current Normal – Making Hay While the Sun Shines

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.

not much of a swath to show for the effort
drying hay, soon to be wet
new mown hay
the bottom land was too wet to mow….maybe later

8 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Making Hay While the Sun Shines

  1. I love to stumble upon a feald with freshly cut hay, there’s plenty of them in Ireland and they are usually filled with variety of bird species looking for food. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day 😀 We are finally getting ready to go back to school in two weeks, who knows how this semester is going to turn out. All you really need is for one toddler to sneeze 😂

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    1. The birds (particularly redtail hawks) were swirling around behind the tractor the day before, waiting for anything to scurry out. We know two families with young kids and Mom’s who are teachers, that are trying to figure it all out. The government has no plans to reduce class sizes, so physical distancing is not possible. Can you say second wave. Our numbers are already taking a big jump, as people relax a bit too much. All we can do is look out for ourselves. Thanks for reading Aiva and stay well. Allan

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