Yields impressive but quality lacking

We finally managed to get the first cut of our forages completed at the agricultural research station in Emo this past week.
We had been delayed by an equipment breakdown. But once it was fixed, we were up and running again.
The yields were quite impressive, but it is about a month past the quality stage we would like to cut at.
It was odd too see some of the forages at a much later stage than what I am used to.
The Cicer Milkvetch was completely headed up with a very large seed pod (the Sainfoin and the Crownvetch have very beautiful flowers!)
I was tempted to leave the Crownvetch and see how much seed we could get as it was worth $60-plus/kg when we planted it.
I know we’ll cut all the remaining blocks with the haybine and then have someone bale it for us.
We finished drilling holes into the soil, as well! Our last shipment of Miscanthus plugs arrived and we put them all in the ground.
I can hardly believe that we are now preparing for the annual open house next week—what a summer!
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It was a pretty good haying week at home, too. Our big tractor is still broken, but we are getting by with another.
Every day it all works is just a bonus!
I’m hoping the big tractor gets fixed soon as I need to get hay moved in the field at my house so we can put out Emo Fair cattle in there.
I had plans of getting in the cattle that we plan to take to the fair this weekend, but that didn’t happen—just not enough hours.
My almost step-son has to get his 4-H heifer in and have her ready to go to the 4-H fun day on Saturday. But it looks like that only will happen the night before now.
He is working now and is gone all week. We are lucky that his heifer is “Darma” (Maddie’s heifer), so she is really quiet and already halter broke.
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I was thinking about my friend while cutting hay this past weekend.
He was telling me that since the fields were so wet this year, his son was upset that he wasn’t able to try out his GPS system in his tractor because there were too many wet holes to go around.
He was upset that he couldn’t make nice long, straight rows.
Well, the same thing happened to me but it was because I was texting. At least it wasn’t along the road, so no one will be able to see it unless you are flying over.
I’m quite surprised that there aren’t more wet holes, but it isn’t too bad at my place. I’ve heard that it is really wet up near Bergland, where they are struggling to just get started haying.
My boyfriend/partner was cutting some wood for his mom up in North Branch and said it is much wetter up that way, as well.
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Hats off to the small group of people who volunteered and donated nearly 1,300 square bales to the Stratton Sales Barn this past Sunday.
They certainly picked one of the hotter days to do this task.
It was nice that people left their own work and did this for the sales barn. We live in a great community and this certainly showed it.
Thanks to you people. I won’t mention any names in case I forget someone, but you know who you are.

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