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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 606175

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Our first cutting is complete with a nice break in the weather! Organic mixed grass hay with 5% alfalfa in standard round bales (4×5); net wrapped. $40 per bale.

Contact us to place your order and arrange pickup. Delivery is not available.

Remaining qty: 23

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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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The following two lots of hay are in the barn and available for immediate pickup.

SOLD OUT 200 bales of 25% alfalfa with Timothy and orchard grass. $7 per bale. Posted here: https://indianahayonline.com//2014/05/26/lot-525142/

SOLD OUT 180 bales of 100% Timothy grass hay. $7 per bale. Posted here: https://indianahayonline.com//2014/07/06/lot-705144/

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Lot 705144

Final Timothy harvest of the season is in! 60 pound bales, sisal twine, and perfect drying conditions. Excellent hay, priced at $6.00 per bale.

There are only about 100 still available. All remaining Timothy hay has been reserved. Please watch our postings for Teff grass later in the season if you need a hay comparable to Timothy.

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This has been a good cool and moist season for Timothy hay, our highest demand product. More will be in the barn this weekend.

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Lot 801132

This lot consists of 3rd cutting alfalfa with orchard and Timothy grasses. Alfalfa content is approximately 50%. Sisal twine, small square bales weighing 50 lbs. Quality is good, but not on par with our premium hay — $5.00 per bale.

Contact us to arrange for your order. Thanks!
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