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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

No waste.

After the wheat harvest there's the wheat straw, seemingly useless stuff there is a huge market for it. In itself it has very little nutritional value, but it is used to bulk high energy cattle feed, keeps the bovine digestion healthy. Mushroom growers use it to grow mushrooms on, after it has been composted, people who have horses uses it as bedding in stables, the list just goes on and on.

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Baled wheat straw.

 
 
Herons just love the short wheat stubble, lots of insects and mice.
 
 
All neat and tidy, ready to be collected.
 
 
 
Close up.
 
 
 
A knot tied by a machine.
 
 
 

4 comments:

Jo said...

Those bales make good photo ops. To think farmers used to burn all that in the past. Hope you're keeping well Phil. Love Jo

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

In my fishing travels, I see a lot of hay trucks. A lot of hay is moved from the high desert of Nevada to California. They vary from what could be called "small" bales to large bales (maybe 12 to a trailer) to these kind of rolls. Animals everywhere need hay.

Gorges Smythe said...

At $7-9 for a 75 pound bale the retail price of the "waste" here is higher than the crop produced.

L. D. said...

It is unnatural for cows to eat corn so it does mess with their digestion. I bet the wheat stalks help with the diet to balance out the rich corn.