Anybody can go into hay farming, but it takes a professional with good hay farming experience to produce the best quality hay at the end of the farming season. Here are some seasoned tips to help you produce quality hay:
1 Choose the Right Field
Not all fields are appropriate for hay farming. Getting the best quality hay begins with choosing an appropriate field with a pH ranging from 6.5-7.
2. Choose The Right Variety of Seeds
The best variety for your hay farming is the alfalfa species that are low on lignin and easily digestible. This will ensure you get a healthy crops with abundant hay yield.
3. Scout Your Hay Farm Regularly
Get out into your hay field twice or more per week. This will help you discover early signs of pests and treat them accordingly.
4. Harvest at The Right Time
It is a good practice to cut your crops before blooming. This will help keep the feed value high. Allowing your crops to grow too long before you cut will make them less digestible.
5. Lay Out Your Hay in Wide Windrows
To enjoy better drying success, try lay out your hay in wide windrows for better exposure to sunlight and fast drying.
It will be counterproductive to pay attention to planting and harvesting without adequate storage plans. Store your hay bales in shades to keep them away from adverse weather conditions.