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Second cutting hay from a newly planted field. This is a nice grass mix, with a lower percentage of alfalfa, in small square bales, twine tied. No rain, and dried down nicely.

Bales are available for $7.00 per bale. Pickup can be arranged weekdays after 5pm, or weekends. Delivery can be arranged for large orders after you’ve inspected and purchased the hay.

Please email kenneth@klabundefarms.net with your desired quantity and contact information.

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Beautiful third cutting hay. Soft, fine stemmed, alfalfa and orchard grass mix.

1,000 small square bales are available at $7 per bale. Pickup can be arranged weekdays after 5pm, or weekends. Delivery can be arranged for large orders.

Please email kenneth@klabundefarms.net with your desired quantity and contact information.

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We’ll be baling the second cutting of our newest 20 acre field this weekend. The cut field is drying now and looks fantastic!

30% Alfalfa with Orchard Grass hay, to be baled as small squares. $8.00 per bale.

I’ll post a picture of the finished bales as usual once we’re done. Contact us to arrange your order, and see our delivery page if you need that service.

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While mowing hay today, we had a near run-in with a resident of our hay field. See the photo below of this lucky little one that was hiding from our haybine!

1st cutting is complete and we have a barn full of 10% alfalfa, net wrapped, 4×5 bales. Delivery is available.

$60 per bale. Contact us to arrange your order.

A new resident in our hayfields:

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We just put 35 large round bales of gorgeous organic hay in the barn. 50% alfalfa, net wrapped, 4×5 bales. Delivery is available.

$70 per bale. Contact us to arrange your order.

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Lot 531165

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The second half of field #5 is now in the barn. 20% alfalfa (10% to 20% range) mixed grass hay in 50 pound small square bales with poly twine. See our post about the making of great hay for details of this hay on the day it was cut.

This was an early cutting with the alfalfa at <1% flower, so it has a good soft texture, and the drying conditions were excellent — on the ground for less than two days! The hay is completely free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers for exceptional palatability. See What To Expect From Our Hay for more information.

Priced at $6.50 per bale. Contact us to place your order and arrange pickup.

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This hay season is turning into the best harvest conditions I have seen in some time. Not in terms of tons per acre or early harvesting, but rather for outstanding hay quality. The cooler spring temperatures and rain are causing the growth timing of our alfalfa and grasses to perfectly align — meaning they are all at peak harvest stages simultaneously.

Each species of forage in a field needs to be harvested just as they first begin to flower. Harvest before this stage, and you compromise the long-term health of the plant. Harvest after this stage and the hay quality declines dramatically.

As a plant begins to flower, it’s energy stores are used to begin the reproduction process — leaving less energy and nutrients in the hay. Late harvesting reduces nutrient density, energy, and palatability, and leaves the hay physically coarse and stemmy.

The trick is to achieve a hay stand in which all the species in the mix reach the perfect growth stage at the same time.

Here are a few samples of perfect growth timing taken from one of our fields today:

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This is one of the few alfalfa flowers just beginning to bloom in the field. If more than 10% of the buds have flowered, the hay is past peak harvesting and will be increasingly stemmy. This field is <1% in flower today.

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The long and slender Timothy grass seed heads are just beginning to emerge from the flower stem.

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Barely ahead of the Timothy grass, the Orchard grass is also in early boot stage with its unique flower just beginning to emerge.

We carefully select our plant varieties to help achieve good growth timing and buy the highest quality seeds to ensure consistency. But nothing is more impactful than the blessing of good seasonal weather patterns!

The hay pictured above was harvested today, and we hope to have it baled early this coming week if the weather holds.

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Lot 523165

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Our first harvest this season is in the barn. 20% alfalfa (10% to 20% range) mixed grass hay in 50 pound small square bales with poly twine.

This was an early cutting with the alfalfa at 0% flower, so it has a good soft texture. The hay is completely free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers for exceptional palatability. See What To Expect From Our Hay for more information.

Priced at $7 per bale. Contact us to place your order and arrange pickup.

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We are enjoying a cool and wet Spring on our farm, which has delayed the start of our hay season. Based on current hay field conditions, I anticipate we will begin harvesting at the next window with no rain in the forecast — hopefully in the next two weeks.

Our first harvest will be a 40% alfalfa mix with grass hay.

We want to invite you to join us on Facebook and share the excitement of our growing farm! Also, be sure to check out our new Pastured Pork website, Hands-On Hogs.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

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Lot 724155

Update 7/25/15 — This lot is SOLD OUT

We may have some hay remaining after filling reservations from today’s harvest. Medium- grade hay, 50% alfalfa with orchard and Timothy grasses. 

Harvested at 0% bloom, but there is some old growth in this field right now due to rain, so some of the lot is coarser hay than our premium hay, about 1/3 of the bales are premium. Overall, it’s good dry hay with no rain during cure. 50 pound small square bales, poly twine.

$5.50 per bale. Contact us to arrange pickup.

   

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