Lot of farmers cutting rye and barley here for chopping, and some rolling and wrapping. Hay is heading out but thinner and shorter. Showers and rain for the next several days... we haven't started yet. Trying to get cattle moved to pastures.
The cows are all off the hay fields and up to the hills for 3 or 4 weeks. I am just about done with the first run of water over the fields. Things are greened up and growing but still 5-6 weeks from cutting hay. The people with alfalfa under pivots are about 3 or 4 weeks from getting the first cutting.
Baler Struggled through getting oats up and finally came apart in a pretty much fatal fashion about half way through ryegrass. Neighbor baled me out. I'm done making hay until John Deere shows up with my new baler......... supposed to be here next week.
Had a snowstorm here a few days ago- which gave us some much needed moisture to get things started. NE Montana in a severe drought- so the rain and wet snow was welcomed. Don’t start haying here til mid- June at earliest .
Made my first cut 3 weeks ago it got rained on for a solid week finally got it rolled up. Beautiful rye n clover not so beautiful now. From now on we will be making our own hay instead of hiring it out.
Fertilizing hay meadows today