Before anyone gets too excited, it's not wheat harvest, but hay harvest.
Randy and Jake have swathed, raked and baled the first cutting of the 2012 alfalfa crop. The alfalfa - like the wheat - is ahead of schedule because of our mild winter and warmer-than-usual spring. The latest crop report from Kansas Ag Statistics notes that, across the state, 81 percent of the the first alfalfa cutting is complete. This compares to 15 percent at the same time last year and the 5-year average of 9 percent.
|April 30, 2012 - Alfalfa field after a rain and before it was swathed.|
Aren't the purple blooms pretty?
|Photo taken June 2010|
After it "cures," he checks it for moisture. If it's too wet, it will mold. If it's too dry, the leaves fall off, making a less nutritious feed.
|Photo from 2008|