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Makin' Hay

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Friday July 26, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

In farming, there are seldom any certainties, though a few things hold true—like baby animals in the springtime; frost in the fall; and a hot, dry, sunny stretch in early July that signals it’s time for making hay.  This is not a task just for fun or...


Potato Experiment Results

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday July 08, 2013   -   By Katie

Back in April I wrote this post about planting experimental potatoes. They were experimental in that they are: Planted from spouting (organic) spuds we purchased at the grocery store. Planted (mostly) in hay. Planted outside the fence, intermingled...

Hay in the Barn

Blog: Thistle Byre Farm   -   Monday June 24, 2013   -   By Abby

Every grass farmer wants hay in the barn or hay stockpiled before winter feeding arrives.  We are no different --especially since we had to buy 60 tons of hay last year.  Last summer where our dry, parched hay field produced 2.5 large, 1000...

Is it summer yet?

Blog: Scotch Creek Farm   -   Friday June 07, 2013   -   By Carrie

I don't know if a farmer ever gets caught up with the farm. I know I don't. I have learned to be a little more tolerant of weeds as they have been helpful in drought years. I have learned that when you have 5 dozen (extra) eggs you NEED by the weekend 5 hens...

Caring for Baby Chicks

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday April 10, 2013   -   By Katie

Chickens may be “easy to care for” but baby chicks are fragile. Follow these tips to give you little peeps the best chance at a healthy adult life. Before the Chicks Arrive – Brooder Setup Baby chicks need a warm, safe, clean place to live during...

Planting Experimental Potatoes

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday April 03, 2013   -   By Katie

Since it didn’t snow yesterday (yes!) I spent some time planting potatoes and lettuce in the main garden. Lettuce will go in under plastic row covers in some of our narrow beds (2' x 12'), along with spinach which overwintered and is already growing. I’m...

Grass Hay Needed!

Blog: IICFA   -   Wednesday October 31, 2012   -   By GrannySue

I have two families here in north-central IL who are looking for grass hay. They both had contracts but the suppliers apparently got better prices and sold their orders out from under them.  If you have - or know of - sources for grass hay that might...

First Cutting

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Wednesday June 13, 2012   -   By Emily

 A very important thing happened over the weekend...we put up our first cutting of hay! The weather was perfect for enough days for us to cut the entire upper hay field, as well as part of the field by the neighbor's woodline. Dan and the horses cut...

This week was a whirlwind... or was it a roller co...

Blog: Four Country Gals   -   Sunday March 11, 2012   -   By Shari

The week began with lambs on the ground. The bad news is that after nearly round-the-clock efforts, we lost both twins. Mama ewe (named Charcoal) never dropped her milk, even though her bag was about to burst. First thing Monday, Bev and Cindy had to take Mom...

Getting Ready for Winter

Blog: Pine Needle Farm   -   Wednesday October 26, 2011   -   By Ann

Winter is coming, ready or not!  We've already had a brief dusting of snow.  I'm not ready yet!    Having help around here is a wonderful thing!  The goat pens are now cleaned, we are working on making some nice houses for them...


Late Season Hay

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Monday October 10, 2011   -   By Emily

We've had such lovely Indian summer weather lately! It's a refreshing change from the rain we've had for too long this fall. It has truly been an extreme growing season- either far too much rain, or not nearly enough. We were so excited to have the...

Grow Vegetables in a Hay Bale Garden

Blog: Freedom To Grow Our Own Food   -   Monday September 05, 2011   -   By Jason

Here in South Florida I use hay bales and it works great. Here is the method. Set up an area with about eight bales close together. Water the bales well then spread composted manure evenly over the surface. Water the manure and then spread garden soil evenly...

Wonderful Summer Doldrums

Blog: Kings Roaming Angus Farm   -   Tuesday August 09, 2011   -   By Andrew

My first Blog posting here.  Let's see how it goes.  I send email to my customer lists in Hastings on the Hudson, and in Chappaqua every once in a while.  Maybe I will start using this. We just returned home from the Cobleskill Fair this...


Heavy or light hay?

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Sunday June 19, 2011   -   By Mary

A small bale of hay is 50 gallons of material, and sometimes, due to moisture content, density or other quality factors, the weight of the bale may differ.   Like a bushel, a small bale is a volumetric assessment.   Thus, it is often better to get...


Summer Has Arrived!

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Friday June 03, 2011   -   By Emily

It seems summer is finally here, bringing lots of sun.  We've even had some 90+ days here at the farm already, which have sure helped to dry things up after the rains of spring.  Other than crops like lettuce and beans, which we plant small batches...


Bamboo as a hay crop

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Thursday March 31, 2011   -   By Mary

Bamboo is a grass and where the farmer has enough water to irrigate other hay crops (such as rye or alfalfa), they ought to consider this hay instead.   D. G. Sturkie, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils, V.L. Brown, Superintendent,...

Feeding Hogs Something Other Than Corn

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Tuesday December 14, 2010   -   By David

Tamworth Pig If you've read many of my posts you know I love old books on farming and especially pigs. I have a pretty good collection dating back as far as 1883. I've bid on books on some auction sites older than that but they end up being too rich...

Heat Wave Continues

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Wednesday July 07, 2010   -   By Emily

The heat wave is still here.  It's 9:15 in the morning and it's already 85 degrees with 66% humidity, so I'm planning to be inside as much as I can today.  Although it's not supposed to get as high as the 98 degree weather we had earlier th...


Hot Weather Means Making Hay

Blog: Pleasant Valley Farm   -   Monday July 05, 2010   -   By Emily

July is here, bringing hot weather and a number of rain-free days in a row.  That means it's hay making time!  For us. it's as much a normal part of July 4th weekends as picnics and fireworks. We've been fortunate to have a stretch of dry weather, so...


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