Harvesting Hay on a Wet Meadow, Nebraska
Ogallala Aquifer water underlying a wet meadow on the Haythorn Ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska produces a lush crop of hay. These meadows, where the Haythorns annually put up 1700 stacks of hay using their horses, are said to be "sub-irrigated" by the water table near the surface. Springs form wherever any little dip reaches the water table. These draft horses are pulliing the hay up the inclined stacker to the top of the haystack.