Following on from good grass growing conditions in the spring we are doing well with our hay harvest. A heavier crop per acre combined with pushing the making during a good spell of weather in June means that the stacks have been pretty much full for a couple of weeks now.
There is still room to squeeze a bit more on the top as the hay settles and we have begun an outdoor stack (backup animal feed should we have a hard winter and a “mulch store” for the garden). So we are continuing to make hay from the grass cut on our courses, only grumbling slightly that we get to do the work of hay making without the fun of mowing first!
In fact, one of my favourite bits from Saturday’s course was one of the participants exclaiming that he had come to learn a useful skill, but was surprised to find he enjoyed it so much.
It’s been windy here, keeping temperatures down and making for pleasant working conditions in the field. The wind is great for hay drying but it’s strength made rowing up yesterday evening more challenging than usual, as the wind tried to blow over the rows as we pulled them up!