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Thursday, July 21, 2011

SkyWatch Friday

~When I'm finished with a man, I never look back.~
~Virginia Barry 1900~

Alfalfa in Bloom
Alfalfa hay in bloom.

We're getting close to begin our 2nd cutting of hay. For the dairy quality that we strive for, it's best to have no more than 10% of your plants in bloom. This year we just aren't getting the 90-95 degree days that are normal. We've yet to hit 90 I believe! I'm not complainin' 'bout the weather at all...I like these 75-80 degree days, it sure is strange though. But, what the cooler weather means is that we're way ahead on irrigating, so we've stopped...we'll see how much it continues to grow in the next week or so.

Hope everyone has a great Friday and a super weekend...and go on over and check out some other sky photos from around the globe at SkyWatch Friday!


Mary said...

This weather has deffinately been strange so far. I hate to complain about the lack of heat too, August will probably be a killer. Who knows. Lovely photo!

Rhonda said...

Love seeing the alfalfa!

Maia said...

When you think about the lack of heat, think about a small foal who is dealing with heat indexes of 116 - 120. I envy you your weather. We are doing everything we can to save our horses. Hopefully, this, too, will have a happy outcome.
Oh yes, love your shot.

Jim Fisher said...

Wow that weather seems so delightful compared to the heat of South Texas. I have been stuck inside form 11-4 every day with temps over 100. Normal for us but I still don't like it all that much.

DrillerAA09 said...

Very nice composition. Well done indeed.

Dreaming said...

The weather across the US has certainly been very freaky this summer.
I know nothing about alfalfa...except that my horses shouldn't eat it! I didn't realize it flowered!
Hope all turns out well for you.

Shirley said...

Seems we have the same weather patterns, 78-85 on average here. A couple of days ago the evening was so cool I actually thought of turning on the furnace!

Liesl said...

On wednesday we went and bought some alfalfa and the fields were just freshly cut,I sat down in the middle of the field with my dog and inhaled the smell and looked at the butterflies and insects going about their way while the hay was being loaded...the owners of the farm luckily knows I am a total looney!!!

Cheyenne said...

Hi Gtyyup! Hows things over there? Well by the sound of it too warm? Ten weeks of rain here now, nothing more than 58F. We would kill for those temps!!Lol.

Haying here has been done in fits and starts, still got a ton to do, but great AA, and hope all is well!

SquirrelGurl said...

Wow! Your alfalfa looks great! Things are pretty dry here in Maryland, my parents' farm has missed just about every rain that has come through.

My Dad got one cutting of hay (and it wasn't all that great in terms of quantity) and he's thinking that might be all he gets this summer if it doesn't start to rain!

He's sold all but 100 bales of it and the only reason he has those is b/c he told his buyer that his daughter's horse had to eat! I'm headed over this weekend to buy it and do a little rain dance, else I'll be looking up places to buy hay for this winter!

Wanda said...

Howdy from California. My daughter and her husband just bought a home in Brooking OR by the coast.

I love the smell of alfalfa freshly cut. When I was a small child the half acre next to our home was alfalfa. My dad would let me play in one back corner, pressing down the alfalfa to make rooms like a playhouse. I would spend hours with my dolls in that corner. You plucked a memory right out of my heart I had forgotten. Thanks!!

Ed said...

Beautiful shot..:-)

Jen's Farmily said...

It's funny how different the weather can be for different areas. Our area has seen EXTREME heat and very DRY days. We can send a little heat your way if you'll send the cooler weather ours!!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice composition and photo, too.


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