It is no secret that there are many different preservatives and additives marketed for use in dry hay and some with crossover benefits when applied to haylage/baleage; there are also various modes of action for these different additives. We aim to settle on one specific preservative to use on our alfalfa which will be packaged as dry hay and primarily marketed to the equine industry.
Sometimes the stars align, and other times, perhaps even more often, they do not. Preparing the first fields and completing a fall seeding of alfalfa proved challenging with both time and the weather choosing not to cooperate.
For our area in Kentucky, the ideal seeding time for fall season planted alfalfa is around September 1st – 15th, giving a suitable buffer with an optimal chance of having warm temperatures for germination, emergence, and ultimately crown development.
As the year comes to a close, Elwoh Solutions is working hard to prepare a new farm for high-quality alfalfa hay production. The hay will be ready to harvest during the 2019 season, which will hopefully serve as the beginning of a hay enterprise.
Through many weeks of research and discussions with forage specialists and our local extension agent at the University of Kentucky, it has been decided to move forward with the preparatory steps to establish alfalfa, with the end goal of producing small square bales of alfalfa hay for the equestrian and dairy cattle markets.
Most everyone is familiar with the topic of mowing, as they actively mow or have some property that is contract mowed — all for various reasons, whether it be purely cosmetic, obtaining hay as feed for livestock, or part of an established maintenance plan such as controlling the growth of particular species of weeds; however, not everyone is familiar with the implications affecting the wildlife habitat during mowing operations.
There are, however, special considerations surrounding wildlife and their habitat as it relates to mowing techniques; be mindful of these during mowing operations, even if you’re not bound to a conservation program contract.
One of the most important considerations is to be aware that mowing high overgrowth during the spring and summer months could disrupt active nesting of wildlife.
As a part of the changes to Elwoh Solutions in 2017, specifically to the point of diversifying service offerings to include physical property services, the introduction of large scale capable tractor bush hogging and finish mowing is now being offered.
The initial extent of the operation is of course not the largest out there, but it should be sufficient to adequately target any small, medium, or large scale mowing needs in the service area.