Hope to get some sage wisdom here... Our 20 acres is divided into about 5 acres for house, barn, etc. with about 15 in pasture and some woodlot. Pasture area is divided into 3 pastures. The loweset one is a bit swampy and has some clover but is mostly canary grass. We just moved here 2 months ago but the previous owners said the yield in hay from that pasture was 13 tons. The problem is, they cut it a bit late and it looked overripe. I asked about it and a neighbor said it's so wet in that pasture that you have to wait til it dries a bit to take the equipment down and cut and bale, then by that time, it's overripe. So, my question is, what if I cut it by hand (scythe) and stored it loose? We have a large covered hay barn that is just basically a metal roof with posts. Does anyone have experience with this? I'm also considering improving that pasture by overseeding with clover or some other legume to get better quality hay next time. Thoughts on that? We'll have (God willing) 2 cow/calf pairs and one horse by this time next year to feed. We currently have 2 goats( will increase as of March or so) and a mess of poultry. My goal is to use a rotational grazing system eventually. Sorry the post is so long but thanks inadvance for the advice!