Late Season Rains Make Hay... Messy Affair.
Tractor and baler working overtime trying to get brown hay out of the field before more rain makes it worthless.
Photo: Brax - VPC
ure it's hot in El Paso in the summer... but, it's "dry" heat. Well, that's true most of the time. But, when it rains... and it does frequently from July to September, the alfalfa that has been cut and waiting in the field to dry before it is baled and shipped to the dairies or to feed stores for horse feed is damaged.
Sometimes it can be salvaged as seen in the photo above. The damaged hay must be turned after a rain and allowed to dry. Then before it is rained upon again it has to be baled and hauled out of the field.
That was the case this last week prior to the rain that drenched the Upper Valley on the 24th of September. Alfalfa growers or their hired balers were out in the field getting hay ready for baling after a light rain turned the hay yellow on Monday.
They made the right decision... and the hard work paid off. There will be lots of hay on the market that is more affordable yet still healthy enough for horses.
Prepared by UVB staff.
(Photos: Brax - Valley Publishing Company)
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