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Haying Season Gets Started South of Mandan

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The saying, "Make hay while the sun shines" has never been so true....
Farmers and ranchers are moving from one busy season to the next.
While planting has ended for many, haying is just getting started.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to a field south of Mandan for some of the first cuttings of the season.

(Keith Suchy / Farmer) "It's been crazy hectic. We had dry conditions, wet conditions." 
Keith Suchy farms and ranches south of Mandan.
Suchy has been farming all his life and he's never had a year quite like this. 
(Keith Suchy / Farmer) "Do you ever remember quite like this?--not quite but close."
This hay field is the start of the season.
These rows of alfalfa you see here were cut just a few days ago.
(Keith Suchy / Farmer) "Just got started. This field was cut on Sunday, started late Saturday night and finished Sunday finished planting the little bit that I plant just prior to that." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Despite the wet conditions and wet mole piles like these Suchy says it's actually cutting fairly easy. The reason for the push? To get this alfalfa off before the weevils do." 
(Keith Suchy / Farmer) "The goal is to try and get ahead of the weevils. They just hatched and they are in there, we are trying to get some killed off." 
Suchy says the extra moisture has been challenging, but has made the alfalfa long and thick---and there's plenty of it.
This field is making 3 to 4 bales an acre, he expects some fields to produce more than 5 bales an acre.
(Keith Suchy / Farmer) "The ground is wet and saturated any rain, a quarter inch and there was water shining. There is still water in low spots that drowned out that we cut around."
Suchy is planning on making a second cutting in about a month.

Due to alfalfa weevil reports across the state, agronomists are recommending either cutting within 10 days or spraying if you plan of harvesting your alfalfa.

 

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