I have begun to feed hay out to the animals now. There is a little feed left in the fields but they are grazing very low to the ground now. And my fields are very young. There are lots of dried off tops which I have left to shade whatever legume may struggle through from below. This is no time to be topping. Too hot and dry. My plan had been to feed the animals in the fields until November. Hmm.
I turned it off once the waterbarrels were filled from the gutters. Fun as it was we cannot waste water now. The well is not bottomless and I have heard of a few people running out of water already. Still it was fun for a few minutes.
Now the green hay needs to lay on the stubble and dry for about four days. No rain now please. We are going to be feeding the animals hay for longer than usual this year, due to the lack of growth in the fields, so we need to get this hay into the barn at its highest nutrition level. It is too short, so there will not be a lot, but see how it is already flowering. Once it starts to flower the protein levels are dropping. It is only two acres of hay, but we do not feed our animals corn so I do not settle until I have two hundred bales of some kind of hay in the barn. We have about 130 bales of hay so far plus I am feeding out already. So fingers crossed.
Good morning. As I write this morning it is raining to the North but our crickets are still loud and dry and the morning doves are calling out in the dawn dark, so we are safe for the moment.
Have a lovely day.
On this day last year .. I had just returned from an overnight stay in Chicago. Utilitarian to Utopia. I love the grandness of some of the old buildings up in the big city.