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Challenges -
Growing hay in this part of Maryland can be difficult, with frequent spring rains and overall high humidity conditions. Durring the spring and fall (prime time for cool-season grasses), heavy morning dew takes several hours to burn off before any real drying can occur. This extends drying time by at least a day, along with leaching out nutrients and palatibilty.
 

 
Variety -
Difficult drying conditions in our area keep us away from legumes. We grow grass hay - cool-season varieties such as Timothy & Orchardgrass. And lately we've trying our luck with warm-season grasses like Bermudagrass. We're even trying Teff and Crabgrass (see our 'proofing plot' notes.
 


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