As the title says... Looking to be less dependent on stores or farmers that are quite a distance away, so my family and I have started discussing growing our own hay. The area we have to grow it in is about a quarter of an acre, and only accessible by smaller tractors like our 1025r. I'm thinking a small sickle bar mower like a sitrex would be an ideal cutting device, since our only other mower is a 60" mmm. What other Essentials do you think are needed for such a small area? I was planning on building a hand baler, so no need to pull a heavy PTO powered one, but I'm not sure about tedders, windrowers, wheel rakes, etc, though we do have a lawn sweeper that I thought I may be able to use to collect hay, maybe even possibly turn it, if I leave the bag off.. Not sure how reasonable of an expectation that is.
Beyond that, the area was previously planted with a clover cover blend that supposedly is good for attracting deer, by the previous owner. I'm not sure what else is in it. Should I plan on stripping that, and planting a new blend? Or will overseeding a good hay seed work out just as well?