Haying in this part of the country typically starts mid to late July, and can go through into August. We often have lots of moisture to contend with, and this proves challenging to get a good crop of hay cut and baled. This year was an anomaly with great moisture conditions in the spring that grew excellent forage crops in the area. The hot and dry conditions assisted with getting the work done earlier and sooner than any other year I remember. Now, we are extremely dry and praying for some moisture to keep the pastures alive. It’s never ending when relying on ‘mother nature’.
This photo shows the beauty of the hay bales in the field as they wait to be picked up and stored for winter feeding. The foothills and the Rocky Mountains are an amazing background as clouds pass over adding to this classic scenery that can regularly be seen across the west side of Alberta during this time of the year.