Quality, Horsemanship & Tradition

Registered  Performance  Paint & Quarter Horses

EACH SUMMER

HAY HARVESTING NEWS

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS!


SQUARE BALE ACCUMULATOR FOR HIRE

... AT YOUR FIELD.  


We are available to load square hay out of a your field or someone else's field with our new 10-bale quick field accumulator as well as a "hands free" loading with the grapple,  and can also haul it back to your barn.  The second cut of the season is just about passed, or many folks are working on it this month.  Call us for more information, and please place your orders now for our quality round or square bales from our own hay field. Call for pricing."

About Our Hay &

Hay for Sale.

EACH SUMMER

HAY HARVESTING NEWS

TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS!


SQUARE BALE ACCUMULATOR FOR HIRE

... AT YOUR FIELD.  


We are available to load square hay out of a your field or someone else's field with our new 10-bale quick field accumulator as well as a "hands free" loading with the grapple,  and can also haul it back to your barn.  The second cut of the season is just about passed, or many folks are working on it this month.  Call us for more information, and please place your orders now for our quality round or square bales from our own hay field. Call for pricing."

QUALITY HAY - GET YOUR RESERVATION ORDERS IN EARLY!


Growing good quality hay is as almost as difficult as raising good horses. It takes a lot of preparation, science, dedication and help from Above.  The hay we grow is a coastal Bermuda, and we feel we offer a premium hay grade because of the efforts placed in soil preparation, harvesting and storage.

Quantity & Reserve Purchases

We store enough hay to provide for the horse stock at the Double Diamond D Ranch, and for horse boarders, and often have extra hay for sale.  Because our hay harvesting and storage methods are in high demand, we will gladly talk with you about accepting seasonal pre-orders with refundable deposits that can be applied to the sale when you are ready to make a purchase, or refundable if it is a tight hay season. 

Let’s talk when you are ready to buy some good quality hay!  Here's how we prepare and grow our quality hay at the Double Diamond D.



Soil Prep & Testing

In the fall, we begin preparation by aerating the fields. We do this with an offset spike aerator that punches holes in the ground and is followed by flex harrow that smooths out and levels the ground. The early spring is the time of year we will perform soil testing. This tells us the pH balance and the nutrients the field needs to aim for the production of a superior hay crop. Additional added nutrients may include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The testing also includes macro and micro nutrients. If the pH balance is too low, the grass will be unable to absorb these nutrients. If that is the case, we may have to "lime" the field in order to adjust the pH to the correct level for the best possible hay yields.

Growing & Harvesting

In the latter part of spring, when the grass begins to grow and is about 4 inches high, we generally spray a pre-emergent to kill any developing broadleaf weeds. We also put out fertilizer according to the results of the soil testing. Approximately 30 days later, the first cutting is collected. We usually put the first seasonal cutting into round bales.

When the grass has started to regrow after the first cutting, we generally spray fields again with an appropriate broadleaf pesticide. Once again that is followed up with placing fertilize on the fields to ensure the best possible chances of high quality hay.

On the second yearly harvest, we go to extra effort when cutting our square bales. For example, when we cut they hay on day #1, it lays out on one side. Then on day #2, a tedder is used to flip the hay over to expose the other side to the sun. This extra step insures that the grass will be dry through and through and minimizes the amount "sun bleaching" that could occur.


About the third day, the moisture content of the hay is tested to ensure that it is adequately dehydrated. If it is at the appropriate level, the field is then raked and square baled. As part of this process, the use of an accumulator is employed. This mechanical device groups the hay bales into units of 10 that can subsequently be picked up with a mechanical grapple. This mechanization process not only avoids the need to hand load the hay, but allows us to get this hay undercover and out of the weather elements as soon as possible.

Premium Storage
Speaking of cover, our square bales are placed in an enclosed metal barn with a concrete floor, protecting the hay from dust and sunlight. Additionally, the bales are placed on pallets to allow for better circulation on all sides to avoid spoilage. This ensures that the quality of the hay does not generally deteriorate with time. Doing so allows us to feed a consistent forage that runs 8%-11% in protein. Although stored outside, our round bales are stacked under roof that protects them from water and sunlight. This minimizes the amount of wastage in our round bales.  This method of hay storage, particularly with our square bales indoors, also minimizes fire ant infestations.

Let’s talk when you are ready to buy some good quality hay!

Double Diamond D! 

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QUALITY HAY - GET YOUR RESERVATION ORDERS IN EARLY!


Growing good quality hay is as almost as difficult as raising good horses. It takes a lot of preparation, science, dedication and help from Above.  The hay we grow is a coastal Bermuda, and we feel we offer a premium hay grade because of the efforts placed in soil preparation, harvesting and storage.

Quantity & Reserve Purchases

We store enough hay to provide for the horse stock at the Double Diamond D Ranch, and for horse boarders, and often have extra hay for sale.  Because our hay harvesting and storage methods are in high demand, we will gladly talk with you about accepting seasonal pre-orders with refundable deposits that can be applied to the sale when you are ready to make a purchase, or refundable if it is a tight hay season. 

Let’s talk when you are ready to buy some good quality hay!  Here's how we prepare and grow our quality hay at the Double Diamond D.



Soil Prep & Testing

In the fall, we begin preparation by aerating the fields. We do this with an offset spike aerator that punches holes in the ground and is followed by flex harrow that smooths out and levels the ground. The early spring is the time of year we will perform soil testing. This tells us the pH balance and the nutrients the field needs to aim for the production of a superior hay crop. Additional added nutrients may include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The testing also includes macro and micro nutrients. If the pH balance is too low, the grass will be unable to absorb these nutrients. If that is the case, we may have to "lime" the field in order to adjust the pH to the correct level for the best possible hay yields.

Growing & Harvesting

In the latter part of spring, when the grass begins to grow and is about 4 inches high, we generally spray a pre-emergent to kill any developing broadleaf weeds. We also put out fertilizer according to the results of the soil testing. Approximately 30 days later, the first cutting is collected. We usually put the first seasonal cutting into round bales.

When the grass has started to regrow after the first cutting, we generally spray fields again with an appropriate broadleaf pesticide. Once again that is followed up with placing fertilize on the fields to ensure the best possible chances of high quality hay.

On the second yearly harvest, we go to extra effort when cutting our square bales. For example, when we cut they hay on day #1, it lays out on one side. Then on day #2, a tedder is used to flip the hay over to expose the other side to the sun. This extra step insures that the grass will be dry through and through and minimizes the amount "sun bleaching" that could occur.


About the third day, the moisture content of the hay is tested to ensure that it is adequately dehydrated. If it is at the appropriate level, the field is then raked and square baled. As part of this process, the use of an accumulator is employed. This mechanical device groups the hay bales into units of 10 that can subsequently be picked up with a mechanical grapple. This mechanization process not only avoids the need to hand load the hay, but allows us to get this hay undercover and out of the weather elements as soon as possible.

Premium Storage
Speaking of cover, our square bales are placed in an enclosed metal barn with a concrete floor, protecting the hay from dust and sunlight. Additionally, the bales are placed on pallets to allow for better circulation on all sides to avoid spoilage. This ensures that the quality of the hay does not generally deteriorate with time. Doing so allows us to feed a consistent forage that runs 8%-11% in protein. Although stored outside, our round bales are stacked under roof that protects them from water and sunlight. This minimizes the amount of wastage in our round bales.  This method of hay storage, particularly with our square bales indoors, also minimizes fire ant infestations.

Let’s talk when you are ready to buy some good quality hay!

About Our Hay &

Hay for Sale.