Grand Rapids, MI
The Hay Barn
What I learned about hay:
~ Round bales, which typically weigh 660�880 lbs, are more moisture-resistant, and pack the hay more densely (especially at the center).
~ Timing of baling hay is probably the most important concept of baling hay. Baling hay is a race against mother nature. The summer months are very spotty when considering rain. An operator needs to watch the weather before considering mowing a hay field. A large rain could ruin a hay field and the hay would be worthless. The hays value both in money and nutrients would be decreased.
~ Timing when the hay is baled is also very impotant. The hay should be baled before it is very brittle because it will lose leaves from the hay. Usually the hay is baled in the mid day because the hay is dry at that time. Towards evening the hay will dampen causing it to be tough for the baler to bale.
September 5th, 2011
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