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Old 08-25-2013, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs
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"The hay is a mix of brome and alfalfa, plus a fair bit of weeds like Canada thistle.[/quote]

That tells me that the property is an old field that was seeded to alfalfa and forgotten. With some work, it can likely be put to the same uses as the surrounding fields. Boarding horses is a very profitable use for land around here. Another alternative would be to rent it out to a farmer that can develop it into cropland.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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Thank you for all the answers. Much appreciated. I haven't done a soil test yet, but I am surrounded by canola, pea and lentil fields, so I think salinity or pH shouldn't be too big of an issue (unless I ended up getting the short end of the stick!).

The hay is a mix of brome and alfalfa, plus a fair bit of weeds like Canada thistle.
Though there have been salt tolerant varieties of alfalfa developed, I would suspect that there are likely no salinity issues if the alfalfa is healthy. Alfalfa will tolerate alkaline soils rather well, brome spp. somewhat less.

I would suspect, as uncleharley suggested, that it was seeded to pasture by a previous owner (alfalfa/brome being a very common forage mix), perhaps as pasture for horses.
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