Monday, September 14, 2015

Moxie and Misto Make Hay While the Sun Shines

I walked some new permissions yesterday, with nice soy fields, hedgerows, and this massive stack of hay. Found groundhog holes and a fox skull, so all signs are good!


Noel said...

Straw. Hay is what you feed cows; straw is what they sleep on - the part left over after the wheat is threshed. Goes a long way with farmers if you know the difference.

PBurns said...

I was waiting for someone to chime in on that! :)

We use the terms pretty interchangeably in the US when talking about bales in the field. Straw is for bedding for the dogs, but hay is for horses (of courses!), but when talking baleage, it's a difference without much meaningful distinction. But yes, there is a difference!

There's also a difference in weight between these square bales of straw and the round bales of hay, but it too is not too meaningful, since I can't stack either one. ;) If the dogs get in on a stack it's a wait-and-see game.

I think a round bale weighs about north of a 800 pounds and maybe closer to a ton , depening on whether it's fresh hay, sileage, alfalfa, etc. These big square hay bales are going to eight less, but still too big for one person to shift or two people to stack.