Hay Season 2018

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Hay Season 2018

Postby skyhightree1 » Sun May 13, 2018 7:56 pm

I went back to my home town for family reasons and first person I see on a tractor is our very own no rest farm someone I don't do hay much I will start this year's thread out with him. Keep the pics coming


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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby M-5 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:10 am

If we get some rain this week , MAYBE in 3 weeks I can cut some. Our nighttime temps changed this week and we finally had temps above 65 and the grass is trying to grow just need some moisture now .
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon May 14, 2018 9:05 am

M-5 wrote:If we get some rain this week , MAYBE in 3 weeks I can cut some. Our nighttime temps changed this week and we finally had temps above 65 and the grass is trying to grow just need some moisture now .


Hope you get it we been cutting for 2 weeks
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby True Grit Farms » Mon May 14, 2018 9:27 am

No hay here and if it doesn't start raining regular there's no hay till next year for me.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Silver » Mon May 14, 2018 9:37 am

Shoot, seems like our snow just left. Seeding now, and will be July before hay is ready to cut.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Atimm693 » Tue May 15, 2018 9:36 pm

Got our first cut of alfalfa and fescue this weekend.

192 bales off of 55 acres. 50x48" bales, cut, raked, baked, hauled, and wrapped for silage within 48 hours. Got fertilizer put on too.

Fescue is pretty thin yet, we cut it once early, and then again later in the season around August or September.

The cool spring set us back a little, but these last couple weeks off 80+ degrees has almost made up for it.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby ddd75 » Wed May 16, 2018 6:09 am

finally had some thunderstorms and a little growth.

looking a lot better now but no where near what it should be.

hoping in another week I can cut.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Wed May 16, 2018 3:39 pm

Still feeding hay does that count? Hopefully have enough grass to graze in 3 or 4 weeks. Hopefully start on hay mid to late June, that is if we get some rain. Last of the snow left 3 weeks ago and it hasn't rained much since, things are dry and dusty and not growing. Also doesn't help last Friday it was 21 degrees for almost 8 hours the ground, grass, and trees and got froze pretty good.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby kentuckyguy » Thu May 17, 2018 5:00 pm

I’ve got all the equipment ready and a new to me baler and tractor ready to go. Now I just need some dry weather paired up with some warm days.

We fertilized this spring and are hay fields look great. The bluegrass, fescue and indiangrass are all super thick and just starting to seed out.

After we get our first cutting off it will be time to plant a couple acres of piper sudangrass to supplement our hay crop. This will be our first year trying the sudangrass by itself. Hoping it will dry down quicker and be a little easier on the equipment than the pearl millet was.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby snoopdog » Sat May 26, 2018 9:49 pm

Cut today , but it's pretty thin. It had to be cut , for the quality , but the yield isn't going to be there. Makes me worry. If the almanac is right , we'll be ok. Funny , how you walk through it , and can't hardly , but when it's on the ground , it don't seem like much.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby ddd75 » Sun May 27, 2018 5:54 am

got 2/3's of a field baled yesterday.. then it poured on me. I tried out this new baler I bought.. It did pretty good for about 8 bales then twine got caught around a roller and froze it up. hopefully its ok. ran and got the other baler after messing with that one for an hour.. wish I would of started with the proven one and finished up with the new one to test it..

oh well. only about 15-20 bales worth of grass got rained on.. it should dry out pretty good today
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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun May 27, 2018 4:53 pm

Dairy farmers are putting up haylage. The only fields I have seen mowed for hay is my neighbor that does my hay - put up baleage which is what mine will be. NO ONE is thinking about dry hay - although we did have 3-4 days of sunshine. If timed right, could have dry baled a little.
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Re: Hay Season 2018

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Re: Hay Season 2018

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Sun May 27, 2018 8:47 pm

We almost have enough grass to start grazing.... long ways from hay making.

Im getting jealous seeing pictures of guys making hay. Equipment is all serviced and ready to roll, now we just need some more moisture and more time to grow.
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