Q: What kind of hay has a spicy fragrance when it’s cut?
A: Oconee County Extension agent Henry Hibbs says there is a definite difference in the smell of alfalfa, bermudagrass and fescue hay. The alfalfa has a fuller, pungent, and earthy smell while sun-dried bermudagrass hay has a fresh, clean, sunny smell. Fescue, because of its broader leaf and increased time required to dry, has a tangier, heavier, more complex smell. My bet is that you drove past either an alfalfa or fescue hayfield.