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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fresh Cut Hay Candles: Yes, It Is a Thing

Yankee Candle company has scents like "midsummer's night" or "sun and sand," but I didn't find a "hay field" scent.

However, Grey Horse Candle Co. has entered the market on this summertime fragrance. Here's what they had to say about their Fresh Cut Hay candle:

It's an obsession that only other horse people understand, the fresh aroma of this season's first cutting, baled into a big bundle of happiness. Experience the sensation of a warm breeze blowing through freshly cut hay fields. (Your horse will love it, too!)
Our Fresh Cut Hay fragrance is infused with natural orange essential oil, and captures the essence of summer florals and the fresh aroma of freshly cut grass. And with a hint of orange and sandalwood, it’s a natural scent you’ll love any time of the year!

I wonder if it's a big seller.  (They also have Wash Rack, Give a Horse a Carrot and Sweet Feed, to name a few. Hmmm ... interesting.)

We haven't needed a candle to capture the scent of freshly-cut alfalfa here on the County Line lately.
The purple blossoms add decorative flair to the subtle aroma. The butterflies like them, too, though on a summer evening, their traffic pattern seemed to have more take-offs and landings than a busy airport. It wasn't ideal for capturing their portraits. Ah well!
The guys have been working on our second cutting of alfalfa.
This has not been a good alfalfa hay year. Our first cutting yielded only 200 bales - half of our normal 400-bale yield.
 
Our lack of springtime and summer moisture has stunted the crop's growth. Our second cutting will be even smaller, though a few rain showers have generated enough growth to make a second cutting possible - even if it's thin.
The guys are still in the process of raking and baling the second cutting.
We use the alfalfa to feed our cattle. Usually, we raise more than we can use and sell the rest.
We'll have to see how the rest of the summer goes to see if we'll have any excess hay to sell.
Randy hopes to supplement alfalfa with sudan, pearl millet and silage for feeding our cattle. While last week's rains helped boost those crops, this week's 90+ temperatures are not helping those crops flourish either.
As with most things in farming, we'll have to take a wait-and-see position. The waiting is made a little nicer with scenes like this though. I just wish those clouds had some rain in them.

4 comments:

  1. I love the smell of fresh cut hay! Jim is getting ready to mow 3rd cutting alfalfa sometime this weekend. It's been really dry here for a few weeks now...2nd cutting didn't yield great, and 3rd isn't looking so good either. He would like to get it dry this time around instead of making balage, but it's a gamble. They're calling for thunderstorms on Sunday, which we could really use, but...

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    1. But ...! Always a part of farming, isn't it?!

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  2. Totally love the new Header and of course the aroma of freshly cut grass in its different forms. Sincerely hope the weather improves soon.

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    1. It is supposed to cool off a bit next week. I certainly hope so, since it's our county fair week. We have some isolated chances for moisture. That's one thing we can't do much about.

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