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  • When is first cutting hay in your area??

    When is "this years" hay first available in your area? (And where are you?)

    Seems like in Piedmont NC first cutting is usually mid-May, but I've been noticing lots of new hay for sale signs lately -wondering if folks are unloading last years' hay, or are folks getting in new hay already?


  • #2
    Memorial Day/early June here in New England. (MA/southern NH/VT)


    • #3
      If the weather cooperates 1st cutting here in the Midwest will be mid-June.

      I think what you're seeing for sale is stockpiled hay from last years crop being emptied from storage to make room.
      Nothing wrong with that - properly stored hay keeps for years.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
        I think what you're seeing for sale is stockpiled hay from last years crop being emptied from storage to make room.
        Nothing wrong with that - properly stored hay keeps for years.
        And lots of times, it's "priced to sell", not "priced for profit". It's my preferred way to buy hay, and I once got 600 bales for FREE -- on condition that I had to take it all (which the guy thought would be maybe 2/300 bales), and I had to have it all moved before his new crop came in (which, with the vast underestimate on the amount, was something of a crunch and in very hot weather).

        Some of it was 5 and 6 years old, but for free, I figured I could throw out anything that wasn't feedable. Only about a dozen bales were unfeedable. I lost a lot of sweat over that deal, but the price sure was right.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Jeannette, formerly ponygyrl View Post
          When is "this years" hay first available in your area? (And where are you?)
          on my farm april 21...on the surrounding farms,memorial day

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          • #6

            We're in NY state and we usually see cuttings more in June, seems it is just too wet for the farmers to get into the fields until then...Usually. Some years are different so could be May 31 too and sometimes as late as end of June.
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            • #7
              I will cut first cutting about the 4th of July and second somewhere around the end of August first of September. I then hope to get some pasture out of the hay ground before the first snow fall. We have had snow since before Thanksgiving and still have it on the ground now. Global warming my bare backside. LF
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              • #8
                We usually get our first cutting around Memorial Day if no rain is forecasted.


                • #9
                  Usually the first week of June for my hay suppliers.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jeannette, formerly ponygyrl View Post
                    When is "this years" hay first available in your area? (And where are you?)

                    Seems like in Piedmont NC first cutting is usually mid-May, but I've been noticing lots of new hay for sale signs lately -wondering if folks are unloading last years' hay, or are folks getting in new hay already?
                    Your farmers are trying to clean out their barns! No one is cutting yet here in the mid-atlantic. Now is a great time to stock up on hay. My hay guy is having a clearance sale and called me first! Don't be afraid to bargain. Hay was so high last year because of oil prices - but there was plenty of it - unlike the year before. Now they need the money and the barn space.

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                    • #11
                      One cutting only here and August if we're lucky


                      • #12
                        around here in Oregon, late May to mid June...depends....

                        dumb question: is first cutting best? or 2nd? is 3rd any good? does grass hay only have the one cutting?

                        alfalfa makes my mares crazy so have been feeding local grass hay, but the quality varies. What I don't know about hay is a LOT.

                        and, I've never heard of BENT hay before. what is it?
                        Last edited by Lambie Boat; Apr. 6, 2009, 05:59 PM. Reason: add ?


                        • #13
                          Usually around July 1st.
                          Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


                          • #14
                            Here in our part of Southern Oregon, we usually cut hay at the end of May/beginning of June. Last year, however, cold and rain persisted well beyond normal, and we cut hay 3rd/4th week of June at the home farm, then beginning of July at our other farm, which is in a slightly different climate (cooler).

                            Too soon to say exactly what it will do here this year, but somewhere in the May/June range is when it will undoubtedly be.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by feisomeday View Post

                              and, I've never heard of BENT hay before. what is it?

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                              • #16
                                We're with Lost Farmer... 4th of July.

                                Last year, only one cut--which started in late June and continued through September, with many interruptions.

                                It's part of why I hate to have foals due before June, I can get into a bind with hay some years in May and early June... and nowhere NEAR enough pasture yet for a lactating mare.
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                                • #17
                                  usually only one cutting here, and that starts around the last week in June, probably mid July this year. Rarely a second cutting except on straight alfalfa and that is iffy - weather has to be just right to get that as no one irrigates here.
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                                  • #18
                                    Ours (SE PA) is usually late May or early June depending on how rainy the weather is.
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                                    • #19
                                      Memorial Day is usually when they are baling here, etc if I remember correctly. My friend can never go riding that weekend because he has to stay home and do hay, so...yeah, late May here in NJ


                                      • #20
                                        I'm in Ct...so anywhere from Memorial Day to mid June or so depending on weather. The cutting depends on getting a stretch of dry weather so it doesn't get soaked on the ground. Every few years Mother Nature gets a sick sense of humor and has it rain heavy enough every other day for a few weeks right when the first cutting is ready. She's a b*tch when she does that...makes first cut stemmy from being left up too long with no dry time to cut, bale and get it in.
                                        Second cut August, once in a rare while a few farmers can sneak a very tiny bit of a third cut in. But that's maybe once every 5 years or so and only small yield.
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