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Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:03 am
by wbvs58
The main thing is you have made a start at hay making. No matter how it turns out you will hit the ground running next year with this bit under your belt.

Ken

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:14 am
by True Grit Farms
boondocks wrote:Well, since our hay guy is still AWOL, and we now have most of our equipment (other than a tedder), we (well, hubs) took a few practice runs tonight. The forecast was for a small chance of rain, so of course it poured 5 hrs later. It's junk anyway, will probably throw it in the woods. This is a bigger tractor than I'm used to so I will practice on it first before I try to cut hay.
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Rain on fresh cut hay doesn't hurt a thing. It would be nice to have a tedder about now, rained on - high moisture hay is where a tedder is really needed. But you can row it up with a rake today when it dries, and roll it over again before dark. Do the same thing Friday and bale it Saturday.

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:24 pm
by chevytaHOE5674
I would bale it up no matter how bad you think the quality is as long as you can get it down below 15% moisture. In lean years I've baled everything including the star flower, golden rod, thistle, tag alder, beer cans from the ditch, etc and the cows survived on it.

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:00 pm
by Workinonit Farm
There ya go!! :) Glad to see you giving it a go.

(weren't there a bunch of other posts, regarding this topic, that have seemingly vanished?)

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:08 pm
by BrangusUSA
Boondocks can you send a couple pictures of your barn where you feed the hay from inside the barn to a feeder outside? My two concerns would be; square bales and does the area around the feeder get rank and muddy? Ordinarily I move the hay ring when one area gets rough - with this set up you couldn't. Pros and cons? Probably be building another barn in 2018 so I am trying to get some plans/ costs, etc.
Thanks

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:17 pm
by boondocks
Thanks all! It poured last night and we didn't get home tonight til after dark. Chance of rain tomorrow then likely rain every day for quite awhile...don't want to ruin the field so we will have to see.
If we don't get enough of a window to make hay, which is the best option assuming fields may be wet-ish:
Just leave it til spring
Cut it with the haybine and leave it
cut it with the haybine and try to get it off (york rake?)
brush hog it
They say there's no such thing as a stupid question so I'm going to be telling myself (and y'all) that a lot! And thanks everyone for the encouragement!

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:28 am
by ClinchValley
IMO, it'd be best to cut with a flail type of mower if you don't need the hay. This way will allow grass to come back without anything matted down.

Or cut it, bale it, and use to cover bare spots.

IMO it needs to come off the field so the grass can come back out before it goes dormant.

My my .02

Re: Still no hay

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:29 am
by ClinchValley
Bush hog will work. Just leaves a line of thick grass that smothers out anything underneath, potentially.