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Wet weather and wuffling

Wet weather and wuffling
Category: Tales from the Croft
Posted: 31/07/2015 19:10
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July 2015

Fighting a losing battle with the weather

We were very excited at the prospect of baling the hay from our newly reseeded field, but as usual, the weather has put a bit of a dampener on it.  It needs to be hot and dry to ensure that we have plenty of decent winter fodder for our animals, but It has been neither of those things.  In fact, it has been completely the opposite.

There have had a couple of very nice days but almost every single one of them has included rain at some point, either at the start or at the end.

The grass was getting long and thickening up nicely, with some beautiful seed heads breaking out - just crying out for cutting - but whenever we thought about taking the plunge, the heavens would open and rain on our parade!

In the end we felt we could wait no longer, and after a dryish couple of days we did cut it.  Then, true to form and before we even got the mower back in the barn, the rain returned and refused to give us a break.

After a week or so we had another not-so-wet spell, and out came the wuffler to turn and fluff up the drying stalks.  Once again, the rain came just as we were finishing off.  It seemed like the tractor was persued around the field by a huge black cloud!

Despite this, we are still hopeful of a reasonable crop if we can hold our nerve. The hay is slowly drying out (between showers!), and if we can just string together 2 or 3 dry days, we might get away with it.  But of course, that will depend on the weather...

Comments on Wet weather and wuffling

Catherine Fahy 03/08/2015 11:09
As this is our first year at the farm and we don't have a lot of land I am leaving standing hay for the horses (they need low calorie stuff) and later sheep. Buying in hay to mix with straw but none of it has been cut yet around us!
Training Lines 03/08/2015 11:00
We think you could be right!

For us it's not so much the amount of rain as the frequency.
Morven Kerr 03/08/2015 10:52
Love the information from the croft and take heart, I think we have had more rain that you.

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