$55/Bale grass hay

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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby 1wlimo » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:10 pm

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Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:We are still waiting for 2nd cutting. Finally told my guy to go for baleage. Not exactly "prime". It's 3 months growth but not much there. Still need more to meet my winter needs. Rain Rain. Sorry for those of you needing rain. Sure wish I could send you some and move it out of here.


we need rain and we got 6inchs of snow :shock: sold 550 bales last year, now need a second cut, and have bought in 300 plus.

We sold the hay this spring as others were short, and we did have a good soil water profile, but too much warm wind dried every thing out then very little rain.

5x6 here now topping $60 plus haulage, bot mine bought a bit better than that

snow? how far north are you in AB?


A little over half way,
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:07 am

Let the haying begin! Ben mowed hay yesterday evening. We will be putting up baleage on Sunday. BooHoo - really, really wanted dry hay. Ain't happening. But, I will have plenty of winter hay!
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby cowboy43 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:31 am

Have had 11 inches in the last 10 days looks like I will make a hay crop before fall. :cboy: :banana:
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:33 am

We could use a rain to tender up our last hay cutting for the year, we're dry again. But at least hay isn't a problem this year.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby aventun » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:21 am

It's easy to fall for cheap prices but for me the quality of the hay is the most important consideration.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:00 pm

Baling as I type. It is almost dry, so should be able to use like dry hay, but will be wrapped. Looks awesome.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby TexasBred » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:43 pm

aventun wrote:It's easy to fall for cheap prices but for me the quality of the hay is the most important consideration.

Price should be somewhat of an indicator of quality and vice versa. Not always true though but a good hay test helps.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby ddd75 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:41 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Baling as I type. It is almost dry, so should be able to use like dry hay, but will be wrapped. Looks awesome.

doesn't it need to have adequate moisture to be wrapped.. like 40-60%?
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Banjo » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:53 pm

No, only if making baleage/silage. I have wrapped dry hay before and it is as green coming out as it was when wrapped. A good way to keep hay if you don't have the barn space.....its sort of like shrink wrapping it.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:21 pm

If you read "the book", it says baleage should be something like 50-75% moisture. But, many out here will try to dry hay and if weather does not cooperate (which is MOST of the time), they roll it up & wrap it.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Brute 23 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:19 pm

cowboy43 wrote:Have had 11 inches in the last 10 days looks like I will make a hay crop before fall. :cboy: :banana:


We had around 8" or so also. The stuff I fertilized is growing like crazy already.

They say we have another chance for a storm at the end of this week.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby snoopdog » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:39 am

Cut a small patch yesterday evening , didn't get the field across the road and I was waiting to cut because of that . Finally got all the other field moved yesterday afternoon , I got to get a bigger trailer .
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby ddd75 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:44 pm

Banjo wrote:No, only if making baleage/silage. I have wrapped dry hay before and it is as green coming out as it was when wrapped. A good way to keep hay if you don't have the barn space.....its sort of like shrink wrapping it.



i figured the lack of oxygen in dry hay would result in some molds or something.
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Re: $55/Bale grass hay

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:08 am

"They" recommend mid range moisture, but I have seen it wrapped IN THE RAIN all the way down to almost ready to bale dry. Seems to keep no matter what.
Biggest thing - you cannot let them sit long before wrapping. If you get ANY heat in them, they will ruin.
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