Monday, August 24, 2015

Straw and Hay

"Square" bales of straw, two different sizes

It's haying and straw baling season and has been since the crops have been ready to cut. Do you know the difference between straw and hay?

STRAW: the stalks of grain products  - such as wheat, oats, rye  - after the grain has been harvested. It contains few seeds so is not nutritious for animals but does make good mulch and bedding material.

Closeup of baling the smaller size

After a few tries, I caught a bale in mid air...but just barely.

"Round bales of hay

HAY: grasses - such as timothy - or legumes - such as alfalfa - baled for animal feed. The more protein the hay contains, the more valuable it is.



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36 comments:

Small Kucing said...

My side diesnt have straws nor hay. I recall when i was young, we would wait for the school gardener to cut the grass in the fueld. Then we would gather it and jump into it. It was so much fun

✿ chica said...

Belas fotos!Linda semana! bjs, chica

Revrunner said...

Timothy grass and alfalfa grown in the midwest were two of my pet rabbit's favorite foods. :-)

Kathy said...

Lots of hay baling going on in my neck of the woods too, although it's been so dry the summer cuts are light. This of course is a complete turnaround from spring when it was so wet many fields couldn't get cut. It seems we went from floods to drought over the course of a weekend! Hope your farmers had better luck.

VP said...

Only round bales here now: I barely remembered the square ones!

see you there! said...

Thanks for the info, didn't know that. It looks like a busy season for the farmers.

Darla

Anvilcloud said...

Well, I just learned something new.

Sandra said...

I especially like that last photo and i have often wondered the difference between straw and hay and now i know

Ruth Hiebert said...

Wonderful photos. These are scenes that are quite common in my area,but still are lovely to see.

DeniseinVA said...

I never knew that so thank you for teaching me something new today. Love your photos!

Mary Hone said...

We drove the wheat fields of Idaho last week, lots and lots of work going on there.

Maggid said...

Thank you for FINALLY unraveling my confusion about Hay and Straw . . . you reminded me of days long ago when i get to go out with my grandpa to help feed cows . . . What terrific photos :)

Debbie said...

when referring to either i always say straw or hay, keeping myself covered. but...now i know!!!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures and interesting info for the day, EG, as always!! Hope you had a lovely weekend and it does look as though your new week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

William Kendall said...

Ah, so that's the difference!

Karen S. said...

What lovely photos, I can almost smell the air out there.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The sustenance of life comes in many forms! Those bales of hay have always reminded me of king-sized shredded wheat. :)

Leora said...

Ah, my guinea pig eats hay. I won't give him straw - now I know why. I love the rich mustard color in your top photo.

Amy at love made my home said...

Just been catching up on your beautiful photos in your last few posts. I love the door in the last post! Great explanation of the difference between straw and hay! Great picture too of the bale in mid air! xx

RedPat said...

I didn't know that!

Jeevan said...

Interesting process of baling! Excellent captures

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Bill is the farm boy and he has explained the difference to me a few times ...I always forget! I like the round bales , and obviously they are the most valuable ...

Nancy said...

Certainly makes you feel fall is right around the corner.....Your pictures are beautiful and thanks for the information. I hope you have a wonderful week....

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful high summer colours!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

This is a wonderful series. Around my part of the world it's more cotton bales and I have yet to see them working on it. I always see the 'finished' bale. This was extraordinary. It was like I was there. And I love the fragrance of cut hay and alfalfa.

Linda W. said...

I never knew the difference between straw and hay, but now thanks to you I do!

Mersad said...

Thanks so much for sharing with "Through My Lens". Great images as always!!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Hilde said...

great pictures of the work at the countryside. The farmers in Belgium nowadays also are very busy on their fields.
Visiting from Mersad Donko Photography "Through My Lens".
Greetings from Hilde

Rose said...

What a wonderful set of photos, EG. Does it offend you if I say I wish I had taken them! I would be so proud of them...specially the first two. I so love them.

Kay said...

Farmers do a lot of haying around here. Because we've had such a warm, dry summer the season began much earlier than usual. And maybe our farmers have a bit of OCD but I've never seen bales loaded as willy nilly as those square ones.

CountryMum said...

Great photos, and I do love your action shot! Well done.

Stephanie said...

I love these images!

Marie C said...

Wonderful photos! Thank you for clarifying the difference between straw and hay! I told my grandson once that the weeds in the back yard could be cut to become hay and he was amazed. :-)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I did not know this! Great shots!

NatureFootstep said...

I love it when they are harvesting. The land become so beautiful. The colors too.

Jack said...

Now I know the difference!

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