Hay Season 2018

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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:22 am

Looking good yall...
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:52 am

I'd like to be cutting hay but there is hardly anything worth cutting, nothing is really growing well UP here. We get hot weather and no rain so things dry up, then it rains a bunch and gets cold so things also don't grow. Just can't win these last few years.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby herofan » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:28 pm

I got 127, 5x5 rolls, off 30 acres. I didn’t think that was too bad.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby 1982vett » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:14 am

It’s sad....I just got 13 5x5 rolls off 14 acres of Klein/Bermuda mix.....reminiscent of 2011 I say. Just not getting much when it does rain.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Texasmark » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:20 am

ez14. wrote:Image

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Great picture: When your "stuff" is humming right along, cool breeze, fresh morning, doing what it was designed to do......life is good......."How Sweet it is" (Jacky Gleason...the Honeymooners).
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby ez14. » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:06 am

Texasmark wrote:
ez14. wrote:Image

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Great picture: When your "stuff" is humming right along, cool breeze, fresh morning, doing what it was designed to do......life is good......."How Sweet it is" (Jacky Gleason...the Honeymooners).

That's for sure! :nod:
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby herofan » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:31 pm

herofan wrote:I got 127, 5x5 rolls, off 30 acres. I didn’t think that was too bad.


Thst’s about 4.2 rolls per acre. Does that sound about average for fescue/orchard grass?
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby snoopdog » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:38 pm

herofan wrote:
herofan wrote:I got 127, 5x5 rolls, off 30 acres. I didn’t think that was too bad.


Thst’s about 4.2 rolls per acre. Does that sound about average for fescue/orchard grass?
Little better than average Id say , with the 5x5.

Image 57 4x4s on a 6acre field .
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby herofan » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:55 pm

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herofan wrote:I got 127, 5x5 rolls, off 30 acres. I didn’t think that was too bad.


Thst’s about 4.2 rolls per acre. Does that sound about average for fescue/orchard grass?
Little better than average Id say , with the 5x5.

Image 57 4x4s on a 6acre field .


Wow. I can’t believe I’m above average on production. We have always done 5x5, and I feel like I have a success story with this 30 acres. The fields had been neglected for several years. We started mowing it for hay again in 2011 and got 60 rolls off the 30 acres. Over the years, we have fertilized, seeded, and limed. Our yield gradually increased from 60 rolls to 127 the last two years. That’s great, because I only feed around 100 per winter.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:09 pm

No haying today because of predicted rain. Everything got rolled up yesterday. So far -
50 acres = 250 4x4
?? acres = 40 4x4 (opened up a different field - just partial so don't know acreage)
Will probably drop last 30 acres tomorrow (less the already baled outside rows)
They put up 78 bales the first day - baler broke - bearing
Put up 212 bales yesterday - in-line wrapped. The wrapper takes 40 seconds per bale. Equipment is ancient, but very efficient.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby wbvs58 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:27 am

That is a lot of hay Jeanne, the equiptment must be efficient. That wrapping sounds fast.

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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:44 am

Ken - yes. I think they started around 9:30 and finished about 2:30 (stopped for sit-down lunch). He has a wagon that picks up the bale, hauls 12 bales to wrapper. Drops them side by side in line. Uses an old skid steer. So, you stab a bale & get it to the wrapper, while it is wrapping. Normally, holding a bale there ready to put in place within the 40 seconds. So, normally, the 12 bales are wrapped waiting for the next load. I have seen 3 loads on ground when Phil starts wrapping and catches up with hauler.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

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herofan wrote:
herofan wrote:I got 127, 5x5 rolls, off 30 acres. I didn’t think that was too bad.


Thst’s about 4.2 rolls per acre. Does that sound about average for fescue/orchard grass?



thats very good yields.

5x5 roll = 1200 lb ?

= 5k lb per acre.

That is probably more then your area averages for the entire year with 2-3 cuttings.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:29 pm

Here's a good look at the wagon dumping the bales. So it takes about 12 minutes (or less) to wrap a load. Takes longer for the wagon to get back from the field. The got all the rest of my hay mowed yesterday, and will get it all cleaned up today.
Winter supply - DONE!!! (well, by later today!!)
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:32 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Here's a good look at the wagon dumping the bales. So it takes about 12 minutes (or less) to wrap a load. Takes longer for the wagon to get back from the field. The got all the rest of my hay mowed yesterday, and will get it all cleaned up today.
Winter supply - DONE!!! (well, by later today!!)
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Looking good... Winter supply done?
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