Have been busy the past few days putting up what little hay I have.<br />n<br />n<img src="http://www.nowherethoughts.net/pics/hayfield.jpg"><br />n<br />nThis is really sad if you ask me. On ground that I normally get 5000 little square bales of hay, I managed to get 1500. Unbelivable. The insurance adjuster was supposed to be out today to finish our claim but mysteriously she never showed up. I guess my time waiting around for her is not valuable enough.<br />n<br />nTook samples of the hay barley in to be tested Monday. Any small grain you want to put up as hay should be tested for nitrates, particularly on a dry year, since too high of nitrate concentrations could kill cattle. For the first time since I started raising hay barley, this years sample tested negative for nitrates. This makes no sense since dry weather causes the plant to concentrate the nitrates in the plant instead of utilizing it. Oh well since or not, chopping it down to make a little more feed. Hopefully by next week my haying, which usually takes over a month, will be finished only taking me a week. How sad.<br />n<br />n<b>You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. Barbara Hall</b>