County rich in agri­cul­ture

Record Observer - - Opinion - By JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

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.

PHOTO BY JUDY E. MELVIN EDELHEIT

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.)

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