Five minutes of rain on this down grass would take over half the total nutrition out of it.
If it rains on this, I'll leave it on the ground to sheet compost. It's worth more there than as animal feed.
This mowed strip will make, just guessing, between 45 and 75 small square bales.
Balers are adjustable.
Now I'm within a month of 72, and lift and tote alone or with my skinny elderly wife, and I make bales at about 40 pounds.
I'd far prefer to stack two 40 pound bales than one 80 pounder.
Taking hay off the land removes fertility, sure as growing corn or soybeans. Heck, corn is just another grass. Rice too. Oats. Wheat.
Potassium, too. Phosphorus. These are "fertilizers."
On average a minimum of 40% of every big bale stored on the ground outdoors is lost to molds and fungus. Spoilage.
But that's only half the story.
Animals who eat moldy hay don't thrive.
Cows with their 4 big internal vats (stomachs) full of bacteria can digest moldy hay better, but it's still not the same.
We've got 28 acres, two elderly people, and a powerful aversion to waste.
So the first thing I needed to do was fertilize.
So what I did was, I let the grass get tall and mowed it.
All over the farm.
Over and over.
Perennial grasses draw some of their fertility from the topsoil, but they also draw some from the subsoils. Deep roots.
Decomposing organisms also process organic matter in the grass, and as if by magic, the longer I mowed it and left it, the richer the soils became.
This is why I want to get a team of donkeys and a one horse mower.
I already asked the guy, and he can ship me the one horse mower outfitted for a team donkey hitch.
Two donkeys can easily handle a one horse load.
The only problem with frequently mowing with tractors is the waste.
One day at a time.
The plan is to rake this hay in the morning, let it finish curing for a few hours, bale, and haul.
Either way, the old fart will get a workout. Good for the body and soul.