Re: Deciphering hay analsis


I like that - "that field looks nice for a canter", the good ole carefree days!   

I use a probe when possible, but if the hay barn doesn't have electric, I'll reach into the center as far as I can, into a lot of different bales.  I always wear long sleeves.   I put it into a clean paper grocery sack or clean bucket.  Take it home, mix it all up, then put some in a ziplock to send in.    When doing it this way, someone once said to be careful not to "subconsciously" choose what you include in the sample you mail in.   It sounds silly, but I did find myself tempted to not include some of the different grasses.  
I also tell the farmer how many bales I'll be needing each year.   They like having a reliable, return customer.  
I hope Caz is doing ok 
Laura K  Chappie & Beau over the bridge
N IL  2011

On Sep 21, 2018, at 8:19 AM, DBellusci via Groups.Io <DBellusci@...> wrote:

Laura, you helped me so much. I am not new to this hay thing but since moving here to "real" farm country, (and being here a year and still not really knowing a soul) I am second guessing myself. The farmers I am questioning are certainly giving this city girl those looks! The analysis I sent is from a big hay business, but the rest are smaller farmers with hay on the side. One question.....when you "pull samples" do you mean you actually bring your probe? Or just grab handfuIs? I need to seem legitimate to these folks if I'm going to be buying long term. I so appreciate your experience regarding how to deal with them. I will now systematically rifle through my list with focus more on the second cut orchard grass. Between this and my horse taking a downward turn lately (I jinxed him again and mentioned how well he was doing) I am feeling incompetent again, but I get overwhelmed easily lol. Thanks for helping me get my act together :)
Donna and Caz


Nov 8, 2016

Chesterfield, NJ

Caz Case History.pdf


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