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Hay, there

Rake

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I have trouble keeping my houseplants alive.
I gotta’ hand it to those girls (and guys) that know the difference between orchardgrass and brome grass and alfalfa – much less how to mix up the seeds and grow an effective hay harvest.

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For soil health, it’s a good idea to mix grasses (example, brome grass) and legumes (example, alfalfa)… but if a farmer isn’t careful, the legume will take over after a few years and there won’t be any grass left.

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Did you know that feeding the correct hay is more than just throwing around dried grass?
It’s all about the nutrient content (like the food pyramid for animals), moisture content (how much water is in the vegetation), crude protein amounts (think about your breakfast shake)… and more!

Some hay is better for cows than for horses. And different hay is more beneficial for certain animals depending on their stage of development.

Is this stuff that typical “city folk” know?
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P.S.
The photo is a tractor with a rake. The driver is scooping all of the cut hay into big windrows so that it’s ready for the bailer – yep. you guessed it – to bail the hay into big round bales.
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Did you already know that too?
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