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Good Hay Season in South Iceland Despite Ash

It appears as if the hay season in the countryside below the Eyjafjöll mountain range in south Iceland, which was subject to extensive ash fall during the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull glacier in the spring, will be good in spite of the ash.

The green pastures at the farm Thorvaldseyri in 2008. Eyjafjallajökull is in the background. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Farmers are hopeful that the hay will prove wholesome as fodder for their livestock even though the grass grew through volcanic ash, ruv.is reports.

In the spring, the fields were covered by ash and had a ghostly gray color; now they are bright green. The grass that managed to sprout through the layer of ash has grown quickly.

Farmers say the grass promises to become good animal fodder but when they dig into the soil with their machines the ash underneath is uncovered.

They are mostly concerned about sand in the hay which can damage the teeth in sheep but poisoning is not a concern.

Click here to read more about Eyjafjallajökull.

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