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Harvesting of Standing Hay at Catawba Sustainability Farm

Publication Date
12/06/2018 02:57 PM EST
Closing Date
01/03/2019 03:00 PM EST
Issuing Organization
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)
Solicitation Number

Specifications include, but are not limited to: The contractor shall: A. Provide all equipment, labor, transportation and incidentals needed to mow, bale and remove standing hay from awarded hay lots (1, 2, 5 and 6) at Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center, as shown on the attached map. B. Remove bales from farm within two (2) weeks of mowing, unless alternative arrangements are made with CSC management and after full payment to Virginia Tech. C. Cut standing hay at least twice between April 15 and October 15. D. Harvest complete boundaries to Virginia Tech’s satisfaction. Rough or low quality portions may not be left. Fields must be mowed close to fences and other objects. Corners and fence boundaries must be cut. A 35 ft. buffer along the stream bank should not be mowed and shall be left standing. All mowed hay must be baled and removed, even if it has been rained on. No un-mowed streaks may be left or standing or broken bales left in field. E. Remove all materials from property. F. Pay Virginia Tech in accordance with the accepted bid amount(s) shown in Attachment C. G. Do not use herbicides on the hay fields unless they are in compliance with USDA Organic Certification criteria or approved by CSC management. H. Accurate records of bales/hay tonnage removed should be reported to CSC management after removal from the property. I. Contractor will fertilize hay lots to replace nutrients removed during cutting. To return the nutrients to the pasture, the contractor will apply fertilizer at a rate determined by the Virginia Tech Soil Lab and to standard harvest replacement rates. See Nutrient Clause. J. Preference will be given to bids that include multiple (3 or 4) hay lots.

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