Cool spring means Minnesota farmer won’t get 4 alfalfa cuttings
A dairy farmer in southeast Minnesota will harvest less hay this year because of a cool start to the growing season.
Deborah Mills of Lake City tells Brownfield they’re finishing the first cutting of alfalfa.
“We can do four, but because May was just such a stagnant growth month, we’re probably only going to go with three. But the first crop that we got had a lot of volume, so we’re really happy with it.”
She says the first crop benefited from adequate moisture.
“We didn’t struggle with the drought stress in Goodhue County that most of the state did last year, and we had some good snow cover.”
Mills milks about 300 cows with her husband and three daughters.
She made these comments during Brownfield affiliate KNUJ’s Women In Agriculture Program Thursday.