Hay and Straw Basics

Some people do not know what they are shopping for when choosing what type of hay to purchase. What is the difference between straw and hay? What is the difference between species of grass? Decide your application and step into our classroom here and learn a few basics of Hay.

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IT MIGHT BE ABOUT THE CUT

Many people do not realize that the cutting of the hay may be more of a factor than any.  Hay is often cut three or more times each season.  The first cutting in any cut will have thicker stems, perhaps have flowers (usually called tassel), and is the highest in fiber of any cut.  The second cutting is softer, greener, has a higher protein but lower fiber than first cutting.  Flowers and stalks are usually not present, just leaves. The yield per acre will be far less than first cutting.

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STRAW OR HAY

If you are planning to feed it, then you are looking for hay.  If you are seeding a lawn or looking for bedding, then you are looking for straw.  Straw is the stalk of a cereal grain crop such as oats, barley, rye or wheat. Straw must be seeded annually while hay is a perennial grass crop; hence straw usually comes at a higher price due to planting costs.  Straw is usually a cleaner product from a weed point-of-view for mulching, but straw will not readily breakdown and may require multiple mowings or manual removal if used for seeding lawns.

 

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SPECIES OF HAY

The different hay species provide nutrients in different quantities.  For example, timothy is high in protein while canary grass is high in fiber.  Some plants are single blade grass species such as timothy while others are leafy legumes such as alfalfa, seen here.

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"HAY THERE!" specials

Occasionally, we offer discounts on our hay products such as "Buy it off the Wagon!" when we discount our prices as much as 40%.  These specials are advertised on short notice, usually on days we are making hay or moving inventory.

Online Request Form and Hay Delivery Information

From Our Barn to Yours!

Customers are always welcome to schedule a pick up at the farm to avoid delivery charges.  Call 845-360-5772 to schedule your pick up.

Delivery Orders

We can deliver locally for orders of 10-100 bales.  Our delivery service is calculated at a rate of $60 per hour driving time (based on Google Maps round trip), plus the loading and unloading time of our truck.  A credit card is required to hold your delivery reservation.  We often load our truck the night before your delivery, so a 24-hour cancellation policy is in effect.

Example of a Delivery Order Calculation:

Customer requests 70 bales to be delivered 30 minutes away from Wagon Wheel Farm as listed on Google Maps:

30 minutes loading + 30 minutes unloading + 1 hr drive time (round trip) = 2 hours total time
The cost for the delivery in this example is $120.

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