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    Default So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    I saw a field today just North of Durant with 4 tractors ... 2 with cutters,
    1 v-rake right behind the cutters and the baler right behind the rake ... that hay so dry it needed no drying time.

    Can't help but wonder the quality ...
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    Seems like most folks cut their hay early, and too short from what I see.

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

    Some guys took a nice first cutting in early June here. A month later and there's nothing but brown and dust now, for it hasn't rained since. Second? Third cuttings? Seems doubtful. Something will have to change in the basic weather pattern. Seems only autumn will cause that.
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    One of my co-workers told me their hay was ready to be cut in early June, late May even, but the weather just wasn't conducive to drying hay.

    He likes to cut his hay late in the day, then bale the next day. Apparently more nutrients are trapped in the stems that way.

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

    when it gets this hot an dry with no rain sight,you can cut an bale hay the same day.because the grass has no moisture in it what so ever.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    Can't help but wonder the quality ...
    Me too. Is it dead standing? Seems it wouldn't be much better then straw or corn fodder.

    Quote Originally Posted by greasemonkeyok View Post
    Seems like most folks cut their hay early, and too short from what I see.
    That would be highly debatable. We cut 1st the last week of May and then every 30-35 days after that. Finished 2nd before Independence Day. An argument could be made that we cut to late.
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    Default Re: So dry ... Cut, rake & bale

    They also will bale the hay right after cutting to make haylage which requires about 30 to 50 percent moisture.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rmk700 View Post
    They also will bale the hay right after cutting to make haylage which requires about 30 to 50 percent moisture.
    I suspect you're right. Highly unlikely that it's dry enough for hay.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MMagis View Post
    I suspect you're right. Highly unlikely that it's dry enough for hay.
    Its drier than a popcorn fart here....grass is brown and crunchy dead.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MMagis View Post
    I suspect you're right. Highly unlikely that it's dry enough for hay.
    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.
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