It has been a good summer for hay, if not necessarily a good summer for haying. The slight difference between the noun and the verb form is known to those who practice the poetics of hay.
Hay is the more craft than it is the chore. Some even to say good haying is an occult art as practiced among farm kind to find those sympathetic days in the livery of summer where heat and wind and brave sun turn any new mown field into a roasting pan. Hay like tea and beer is brewed; like tobacco, leprosy and bacon, hay is cured. Loath the summer that gives good hay without those patent days of hard sun and dry wind to affect the cure