Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hay Rolls on Right-of-Ways

Hay rolls on highway right-of-way, North Dakota

I spent some time this past summer on the northern Great Plains of the United States. A common feature I observed was cut hay rolls along the right-of-way of highways in Nebraska, the Dakotas and Montana. Not something one sees in Washington State. In part this is because most hay production in eastern Washington depends on irrigation and in western Washington farm land is fairly limited compared to the plains and even then summers are often too dry for much hay production. Regardless, I liked seeing the land along highway right-of-ways utilized. Given the need to cut back the jungle in western Washington, perhaps Christmas tree farms on the right-of-ways would work.

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