The smell of hay is difficult to described. Freshly bales hay has a sweet but earthy smell. It is one of the best smells I know.
The sound of hay is of solid thunks when it hits the floor or a dry crinkly sounds when it is grabbed. But the prominent sounds with putting up hay is the clattering and whining of our ancient hay elevator struggling to move the bales.
The feel of hay is the surprisingly sharp cut edges of the dried grass. I have learned that no matter how hot it is, to wear thick jeans, long sleeves, and leather gloves, but I still get all scratched up.
Then there’s the taste of hay. I personally do not like it, but the critters sure do. It must become sweeter when it is dried, because they prefer it to lush fresh grass in the pasture. The sheep approve of this year’s hay crop.