Making hay while the sun shines! Our district is the biggest producer of lucerne seed in the southern hemisphere. The lucerne is usually cut for hay twice before being allowed to go to seed each year. My main job this week has been mowing lucerne (alfalfa) for hay. Late afternoon shadows accentuated the lines where it had been mown. This is on an area flood-irrigated by water from under the ground, although that's not necessary at this time of the year. The wider line on the left, uncut and difficult to see the mound of dirt, is the 'check bank' which confines the irrigation water to long, narrow strips. Unfortunately, financial problems within the dairy industry will make it difficult to sell this hay.