Making hay while the sun shines

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

The light winter, early spring and warm, sunny summer are adding up to a windfall of windrows for those making hay on the Kenai Peninsula. "I am so excited about this year because the hay got fertilized early, and we had a nice early spring rain, and a lot of warm sunny weather has let a lot of hay farmers put up some really great hay. So if you're a horse owner, a local hay farmer will be a great place to buy your feed this year," said Abby Ala, owner of Ridgeway Farms. Ala has been making hay since she was a little girl and remembers cutting hay with the old cycle and picking up the windrows with pitchforks and throwing the hay up into the loft of the barn. According to Ala, the best piece of technology for making hay in Alaska has been the hay tedder. "A tedder can take a windrow and spread it back out or gather it back up. It can fluff it up or throw it out and that is the invention that lets us actually bail hay and not have to pick it up with a pitch fork," said Ala, predicting happy times ahead for our four legged friends.

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