A few pics from today’s square baling

  
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We don’t have big square bales here either. Only the round ones. I’ve never even seen a big square one - except on the picture!

I’m not all that educated in hay. Around here, the hay that I see baled is simply field grass allowed to grow. It’s nothing special in my mind. It could either be mowed like grass or allowed to grow and baled.

Is that typical or do some folks grow special grasses for “real” hay?

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Sure, very typical. I just planted 42 acres of Rebel fescue grass. Some guys plant orchard grass, Timothy grass, or brome.
Some buyers like naturally occurring mixed grasses, especially for beef. I sell a lot to guys who raise beef in Lancaster County.

I also make close to 1000 4x5 round bales a year. Sometimes up to 1500. Just depends on what is preferred or what is pre-ordered each year.
1500 pound Square bales much faster to bale (continuous) and can be dumped anywhere. Round bales have a wrap cycle and have to be dumped on flat ground or they become 1000 pound lethal weapons once they get rolling.

Heres a field where you can see we made some 1st cutting round bales on the left and on 2nd cutting, we are square baling

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Here’s a few from this weekends adventure in haying
Man I gotta clean this windshield

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A little late afternoon raking in the M126X

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The view from the truck on the way home
Made 62 4x4x8’s or about 46 tons

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Reminds of summer visits to my grandparents dairy farm...
 

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Looks good! Most of the haying we did up north was alfalfa. Too rich for horses, but feeds cattle well.

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They do a lot of big square bales around here. Mostly alfalfa for large dairy farms.
 
  
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Another day afield…
Kind of rainy, cool and muddy for this time of year here. On days like these (far too many, if you ask me) I will bring bales in from fields and ship them.
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Here’s a pair of 1500+ pounders.…about all my loader can handle.
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These bales were loaded and are now being unloaded at my buyers yard.

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Today, it was round bales.
Started out this morning planning of delivering 12-13 tons of round bales. Running them 2 at a time up to the truck & trailer.

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Getting round bales loaded 2 layers high and double wide for road transportation is practically an art form in itself. You have to balance them perfectly or it could end badly. Much harder than square bales.

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Here we are loaded and ready. First I have to get off my customers field, across some lawn and onto the driveway with NO damage.

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And finally, here I am at the unloading point with 28) 900 pounders (915 each, to be exact).

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And here’s my scale ticket for my records

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My Ram with its “paltry” 6 speed transmission somehow managed to pull 46,720lbs over the scale. Lol
 

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