County rich in agriculture
Queen Anne’s County is rich in agriculture, and beautiful farming scenery is prevalent throughout many towns.
While farmers are making hay while the sun shines, they are also harvesting straw bales as well. Hay is the foundation of the diet for all grazing animals. The farmers seek favorable weather conditions to cut hay on a day when the sun is around for that day and one or two more and also as well as straw harvesting.
A hay field is harvested before the grains go to seed. This keeps valuable nutrients in the animal feed and livestock diet.
Oat, barley, and wheat plant materials are occasionally cut green and made into hay for animal fodder; however, they are more usually used in the form of straw, a harvest byproduct where the stems and dead leaves are baled after the grain has been harvested and threshed.
These stalks that are left behind, have been drained of most of their nutrients during the process of seed production, then they are harvested and baled to create straw.
Straw is used mainly for animal bedding.
Straw harvest in Ingleside just a few days before the full moon on June 9, known as the strawberry full moon and strong sun moon. (Straw bales seen in background.)