Good hay is vital for any self-sufficient farmer and rancher but the choice of plants to be grown for hay will depend on many factors such as climate, type of livestock to be fed, availability of water etc. However, with proper care hay can be raised in any area where weeds grow. The hay crop can be grown in a permanent meadow or as a farm rotation plan which will help establish uniform soil fertility and in some cases may help to control erosion.
Houston, TX, and Hay Farming The process of preparing the plot of land for forage crops is similar to that of field and vegetable plantings but when reseeding an old hay field, you can just disc the area and omit plowing. It is important to carry out soil tests before sowing your seeds in order to establish any deficiencies. For many years, hay has been grown without chemical fertilizers hence they may not be needed even today. Fodder that has been raised organically is less prone to insect infestation and is in fact better for livestock. You can plant your hayseed like grain either by scattering or spreading by hand or you can use a hand-cranked broadcaster but if you want to create a more uniform stand of hay, a grain drill will do a good job. This machine is pulled either by a tractor or a team and will plant your hayseeds in evenly spaced rows. The other alternative is to hire a custom operator who will help you with planting at a small fee per acre. If vegetables in your area are grown through irrigation, then your hayfield will also benefit from the same treatment. In fact, artificially watered hay stands yield more than parched stands. For instance, an Alfalfa farm needs at least 831 pounds of water in order to produce 1 pound of dried hay. Hayfields can flourish for more than five years without reseeding but it is important to spread fertilizer and harvest the crop periodically
Our Hay Farming You may be wondering just how we get to prepare such incredible hay bales. The secret is simple, deliberate effort and expert input at every stage of the way. Here is how we get it done:
The Hay Farm We always customize the selection and preparation of the hay farm depending on the type of hay we are cultivating. Alfalfa, for instance, thrives well on our farm, and we cultivate it over four years before we can alternate it with another crop. Over the four years, the productivity varies.
Perfect Seeds The next step is seed selection which is a huge determining factor in the overall quality of the hay. We are proud to have a highly trained team of experts who know exactly which seeds do well. After the selection, it is time for planting which utilizes highly efficient machinery that ensures the right spacing.
Boosting with Fertilizer and Irrigation To give the hay an extra kick, we use fertilizer. The quality of fertilizer and the amount is highly regulated to avoid the long-term impacts of artificial fertilizer on the soil. Our farms have fertile soils that don’t require much fertilizer.
We never allow the growth of our hay to be disrupted by the changing weather and therefore use irrigation to ensure the water content of the soil is kept optimal.
Control of Pests and Weeds One problem that many hay farmers face is that of weeds and pests. They result in poor harvests and also make the hay be of poor quality. That is the reason why we ensure the problem doesn’t develop in the first place. Over time we have adopted techniques of pest and weed control that keep our hay free of any interference. The hay bales also do not contain weeds that result in wastage when animals only eat part of the feed.
Harvesting and Baling When the hay is mature, we do harvesting through the processes of cutting, drying and baling. We ensure perfect timing of the cutting to ensure the nutritional content and quality of hay is optimal. The drying process is highly regulated to take down the moisture content. Baling is done when the hay is ready, and at this point, you can confidently come in and buy the hay bales.
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Harvesting and Bailing Hay Turning your green crop into hay involves three major steps namely: - Cutting - Windrowing - Bailing/stacking hay The process of cutting is followed by partial drying while windrowing is followed by further drying. How you execute these operations will depend on the amount of harvest as well as the availability of manpower, money and equipment. Hay cutting is normally done with a horse or tractor-powered mechanical mower. Freshly cut hay should be allowed to dry for at least one to three days after mowing depending on the weather before windrowing or raking into rows. Windrowed hay should be allowed to dry until its moisture evaporates. You should never bail or stack wet hay as the fodder may rot or develop mold. Cattle, horses, sheep, goats and camels should be fed with dehydrated Alfalfa bales. Once hay has been bailed or stacked hay haulers will then take care of transportation. Alfalfa For Sale In Houston, TX Houston,TX is an area where very few farmers are growing hay but we offer the best hay sales in this region for feeding cattle and horses. Unlike hay brokers, we grow the hay ourselves ensuring that it meets the highest standards from growing to harvesting.