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    Default just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    Hello I just cut my hay friday eve then this saturday eve we got some rain not much just enough to get the hay wet. what will be my next step ?????

    We are going to have 3 nice sunny days near 80 degrees coming up so i am planning on baling tuesday afternoon.

    I have a tedder when should i tedder the hay ??????? and then how soon afterwards do it again.

    My field is timothy/Alfalfa hope it is not ruined ????? they keep changing the forecast and it almost missed us but it clipped us a little ,there are many farms that cut the same day I did .you just never know.

    thanks
    xcsp

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    Default Re: just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    It doesn't hurt it much when it rains shortly after cutting.

    I would look at raking it late Monday morning for baling monday or Tuesay.

    If it has much grass at all it would probably go Monday
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    Default Re: just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    Duffster thanks for the fast reply should i tedder it tommorrow or just let it dry ????????????????

    or do not tedder it until monday never had my hay rained on I knew it would happen someday ,

    thanks
    xcsp

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    Default Re: just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    Quote Originally Posted by xcsp View Post
    Duffster thanks for the fast reply should i tedder it tommorrow or just let it dry ????????????????

    or do not tedder it until monday never had my hay rained on I knew it would happen someday ,

    thanks
    xcsp
    Don't own a tedder and never have used one so I can't help you much with that question.
    "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." George Patton

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    Default Re: just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    is it alfalfa or grass hay? I got an inch of rain today on 24 acres of alfalfa i cut and tedded today. If it doesn't for another 2 days I'm going to rake it to save some leaves if it looks like rain I will double the wind rows to save even more leaves it will take more time to dry but on alfalfa leaves equal money. If you wind up getting 2 dollars a bale in february half of some thing is better than all of nothing.

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    Default Re: just cut hay friday rained a little this afternoon need help

    I have no idea what Alfalfa is like, but in the UK we'd get out there and tedder it as soon as the top layer had dried after it had been rained on.

    If you know it is about to get rained on put it into big rows, that way less of it will get wet. Spread it out as soon as it has dried the top layer again after raining.
    Jake

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