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Archive for June, 2012

What goes into our hay

Our hay is growing tall but with rain forecast this weekend, we can’t cut yet. We need a stretch of at least five days of dry weather – not usually a problem in the High Desert where we have 10 inches or less of rainfall per year. It’s been a cool, wet spring.

Hay harvest, first cutting 2011

Hack Norton, right, and Jan Even, left, assess the first cutting of the 2011 season at Smith Rock Farm. Photo by Thomas Osborne.


We grow a premium hay mix that contains Tetraploid perennial ryegrass, Potomac orchardgrass, Fleet Meadow brome, Pizza orchardgrass, Bull tall fescue, Treasure timothy, and Max annual ryegrass. It’s great for horses, or any livestock, but requires substantial irrigation.
Hack Norton, a nearby cattle rancher who runs Hacklin Herefords (grass-fed beef), cuts and bales our hay.

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Hay sold out

Our hay production for the 2012 season is now sold out. We are working on being able to achieve weed-free certification for next year.
To find a hay grower to supply you this season, contact the Central Oregon Hay Growers’ Assn., 498 S. E. Lynn Blvd., Prineville, OR 97754 or its president, Greg Mohnen (541-419-5339 or greg@themcginnisranch.com).

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Because of sub-freezing nights last week, we had to delay planting starts of tender veggies until yesterday. So it was a long day of planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil. In August, we’ll reap the rewards.

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Planting is almost finished! We should be doing our first cutting of hay soon.

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