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Cutting reed canary grass hay with a horse-drawn mower, typical in dairying areas of the United States until the 1930's.  After about a day in good drying weather, the hay was raked into windrows (see NAL #4452).  With rain, the windrows usually were turned again to promote drying, losing nutrient rich leaves in the process.  When the hay had dried sufficiently, it was elevated onto a wagon with a hay loader (see NAL #4453), and off-loaded into the hay loft of a barn for storage.  With inadequate drying, the hay often became moldy, or occasionally trigger a barn fire.  In some more arid areas of the US, hay could be stored in out door stacks with minimal losses.

Horse drawn hay mower

Credit: Hoard's Dairyman

Digital Credit: Michel Wattiaux

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Description: Cutting reed canary grass hay with a horse-drawn mower, typical in dairying areas of the United States until the 1930's. After about a day in good drying weather, the hay was raked into windrows (see NAL #4452). With rain, the windrows usually were turned again to promote drying, losing nutrient rich leaves in the process. When the hay had dried sufficiently, it was elevated onto a wagon with a hay loader (see NAL #4453), and off-loaded into the hay loft of a barn for storage. With inadequate drying, the hay often became moldy, or occasionally trigger a barn fire. In some more arid areas of the US, hay could be stored in out door stacks with minimal losses.

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