Raking hay in the mornings

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Raking hay in the mornings

Postby herofan » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:21 am

For you guys in Ky or similar areas, what is the earliest in the morning you can usually start raking hay under average conditions of no rain, the ground isn’t wet, the sun is out, and there is morning dew?
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:23 am

9:35 CST
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby M-5 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:26 am

When dew burns off. 10 or 11 according to how heavy
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:39 am

M-5 wrote:When dew burns off. 10 or 11 according to how heavy


Too late.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby herofan » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:50 am

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
M-5 wrote:When dew burns off. 10 or 11 according to how heavy


Too late.


Why is it too late?
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:18 am

herofan wrote:
TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
M-5 wrote:When dew burns off. 10 or 11 according to how heavy


Too late.


Why is it too late?


In all honesty, it's going to depend on your area and the conditions which will vary depending on the amount of dew that fell that morning, the humidity and the weather itself i.e. sunny, cloudy, windy etc...

There is not pat answer to your question you just have to go with what you see and feel in the hay itself. I don't mind a hint of moisture when we begin rolling but that's just me.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby A.J. » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:11 am

Usually after 11 here if you want the dew off of it. As others have said will depend on the field area too if there is much sunlight that gets there or not.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby millstreaminn » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:31 am

When I do wrapped hay, I will rake it the night before I bale it. As a matter of fact I have 7 acres down now that I will rake when I get home today and bale tomorrow. If I am trying for dry day, I usually rake around 11 am the day of baling, but as TT said, it will depend on how much dew we had.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby M-5 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:28 am

Just started raking here at 11
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby Nesikep » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:34 pm

I like some dew on the hay when I'm raking.. keeps the leaves on it.. Once it has been dry once (it's not GREEN anymore), it'll dry well even if it's not on the top of the windrow anymore
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby Silver » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:18 pm

Nesikep wrote:I like some dew on the hay when I'm raking.. keeps the leaves on it.. Once it has been dry once (it's not GREEN anymore), it'll dry well even if it's not on the top of the windrow anymore


Exactly!
In a perfect world I like to rake it just before it’s cured, so it will finish curing in time to bale it same day. Alfalfa leaves are precious.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby ddd75 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:54 pm

in ky with how dry it is and how that sun comes out I would usually be out around 9 - 10 to start raking.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby ClodHopper37869 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:05 pm

I work by myself, so if I got a lot to do, I'll start early, tyres will still be wet, by the time I get it raked say 1 or 2PM, it will be dry enouff to roll.
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby snoopdog » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:21 pm

It depends , I like it a little drier with certain rakes versus others .
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Re: Raking hay in the mornings

Postby bse » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:49 pm

i started this morning at 8 30, shady spots were real wet, but by the time I rolled at 5 this afternoon it was in great shape. like was said will depend on the time untill rolling.
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