Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hay looks beautiful. baling today.

First you cut it
Then you ted it
Then moisture test
Looks like we're a go for baling today.  I'll wait until the morning dew dries up, and then raking and baling.  Looking forward to having it in the barn.


George said...

That doesn't appear to be dry hay... are you making baleage/haylage? What type of mower was that, couldn't tell, discbine? Round baler, square baler?

What's your moisture percent? I love hay !!

Bruce King said...

it's at 17% for the alfalfa and 12% for the orchard grass. The alfalfa dries slower than the grass and it's greener than the grass when dried.

My rake broke, so I didn't end up baling today; we'll rake tommorow morning and bale in the afternoon. we've got good conditions; 85 degrees and 10mph wind, so it dries quick.

New holland bc5060 baler and a new holland 5760? disc mower. haybbob hay tedder and massey furgeson model 25 rake. the tedder and rake will have to be switched, but this is my first go, so I'm ok with using the old iron there. I bought the cutter and baler new -- I don't know enough about balers to be able to fix it. I need to have some trouble free baling to work out the other kinks.

George said...

Ah, yea you'll like that round baler then !! We make mainly baleage at our farm, anywhere from 700-1000 per year, plus 250 dry square bales, and about a dozen dry hay round bales, all alfalfa/orchard grass.

Depending on how much hay you make, you may want to consider a V-Rake over that MF rollbar style rake.

Mow, Tedd, Rake (really fast !) and bale. I usually run up to 10mph if the ground allows w/ the V rakes.