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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Ours was cut one afternoon and baled the next morning. Very dry and thin. Our field usually 650 or so bales and made 310 this year

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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    The baler was right behind the rake that was behind the cutters ... it was being cut, raked and baled as it hit the ground.

    I don't know of anyone that makes haylage around here.
    Whoa.... now, that's "scary" dry! Never seen it that dry!

    Folk's at home in SD are feelin' the burn right now! But, they've had so much rain and flooding - they'd like it to dry out just enough to take the sand bags down.

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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    The baler was right behind the rake that was behind the cutters ... it was being cut, raked and baled as it hit the ground.
    Yes, that would likely be haylage. Grass dry enough to cut and bale that fast would have zero nutritional value. It could be used only as roughage, which is possibility. As is the chance that they plan to sell it to desperate folks for an inflated price in their time of need. Seems to be a lot of that going on.

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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Interesting ovservations. I cut no hay before it's time and I certainly prepare it for bailing for my customers.

    I suspect that alfalfa hay will do a serious climb in per bale price this year, along with wheat straw. Corn as a feed, has gotten too expensive for producers and while DDG is an alternative, it's not working as a main ration.

    There will be a ton of crop insurance claims this year.

    The corn here is in the critical stage where it needs moisture to fill out and it's not happening. Consequently, it's 'firing up'.

    It's not going to matter much, no matter how it plays. Your officials on the Beltway are dilligently focking up the economy to the point where prime importance will be day-to day survival.
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by MMagis View Post
    Yes, that would likely be haylage. Grass dry enough to cut and bale that fast would have zero nutritional value. It could be used only as roughage, which is possibility. As is the chance that they plan to sell it to desperate folks for an inflated price in their time of need. Seems to be a lot of that going on.
    I thought haylge was high moisture ... baled green with a silage baler and put in those bags.

    I agree This dryed out stuff would have no nutritional value ... and I'll bet they sure enough will inflate the price and sell.
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    I agree This dryed out stuff would have no nutritional value ...
    It'll beat the heck out of snowballs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffster View Post
    It'll beat the heck out of snowballs.
    Might be about the same ... I'd bet snowballs would at least have some moisture!!!!
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    Might be about the same ... I'd bet snowballs would at least have some moisture!!!!
    Ya but they are just not that satifying....not filling enough.

    Seriously though I doubt that kind of hay is worth a crap but it will truly be better then nothing. At least you can top dress it with some grain.
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    I thought haylge was high moisture ... baled green with a silage baler and put in those bags.

    I agree This dryed out stuff would have no nutritional value ... and I'll bet they sure enough will inflate the price and sell.
    I sort of switched gears and made that confusing. If it had moisture, it would likely be haylage. If it was indeed dry enough to rake and bale right behind the cutter, it would just be roughage, probably just a bit better than straw.

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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Quote Originally Posted by MMagis View Post
    I sort of switched gears and made that confusing. If it had moisture, it would likely be haylage. If it was indeed dry enough to rake and bale right behind the cutter, it would just be roughage, probably just a bit better than straw.
    Okay ... now I'm with you ... slow down turbo, sometimes I need to digest things.
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