Making Hay: How to Cut, Dry, Rake, Gather, and Store a Nourishing Crop. A Storey Basics® Title

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Those new to farming or homesteading will be well served by reading the book Making Hay, by the same author and in the same series as Finding Good Farmland. The author has extensive experience with small-scale farming, and her friendly, conversational tone is reassuring to any novice. As the author frequently reiterates, there is some art to getting the best possible hay crop, and the best way to learn is to spend some time with someone who already knows what they are doing. That being said, she walks you through the different facets of hay-making so that you have the best chance at success. And, as she reminds us, even poor-quality hay is better than none.

Beginning with a definition of good hay, and the types of grasses, legumes, or mixes usual for different areas in the United States and for different livestock, the author walks through the entire hay-making process. The book covers Judging (for quality), Cutting, Drying, Raking, Gathering, and Storing, as well as some other problems and how to solve them. If you want more self-sufficiency and the sense of security that comes with stored fodder in the barn, this book is for you.


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Author Ann Larkin Hansen
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 96 pages
Publisher Storey Publishing LLC
Publish Date 2014-Apr-08
ISBN 9781612123677
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Issue July 2014
Category Home & Garden
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