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    Quick and easy hay

    This must be the best hay-making season for years, I think some I cut Friday might row up and bale tomorrow and it has only been spread once.

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    This must be the best hay-making season for years, I think some I cut Friday might row up and bale tomorrow and it has only been spread once.
    hoping to bale tomorrow aswell, cut thursday night turned 3 times. only concern would be fog coming in off the sea since we are on the coast and prone to it with east wind which it is just now. nothing more annoying when a couple of miles inland is basking in sunshine, fingers crossed though

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    This must be the best hay-making season for years, I think some I cut Friday might row up and bale tomorrow and it has only been spread once.
    Quote Originally Posted by hoff135 View Post
    hoping to bale tomorrow aswell, cut thursday night turned 3 times. only concern would be fog coming in off the sea since we are on the coast and prone to it with east wind which it is just now. nothing more annoying when a couple of miles inland is basking in sunshine, fingers crossed though
    Cut here friday afternoon, turned it twice yesterday and once today.Will be rowed up and round baled tomorrow , ideal!!!Smells cracking!!!

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Cut thursday, baled today-good stuff.

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    Cut some on Thursday afternoon and baled it on Saturday pm

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    There's more bad hay made in hot weather than................

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Quote Originally Posted by b slicker View Post
    There's more bad hay made in hot weather than................
    was just going to say the same thing......

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidroberts30 View Post
    was just going to say the same thing......
    Scorched on the outside wet within. Not used to dealing with early July green grass. More used to cutting it when it's hay stood up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b slicker View Post
    There's more bad hay made in hot weather than................
    Thats right a few years ago we went to bale some that had being down 5 days and well teddered looked fit to bale but the moisture meter on the baler read a very unbelieveable 27%,took another 3 days to get down to 20%.

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Am I the only one waiting to the end of this fine spell before I cut so that the grass has time to thicken up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renewablejohn View Post
    Am I the only one waiting to the end of this fine spell before I cut so that the grass has time to thicken up.
    We wouldn't want it any thicker.. The last 3 weeks most our grass has probably doubled in volume.
    so far been averaging 110 conventional bales to acre.

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    It's not fit to bale if there is moisture left at the ligule -

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick channer View Post
    We wouldn't want it any thicker.. The last 3 weeks most our grass has probably doubled in volume.
    so far been averaging 110 conventional bales to acre.
    I am sure where still 6 weeks behind in the north compared to the south.

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    If I had left my hay any longer it would have been straw and not a lot of good at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    This must be the best hay-making season for years, I think some I cut Friday might row up and bale tomorrow and it has only been spread once.
    It seem's good 76 Dad cut in the morning baled in the evening it never had even a dew on it and was dry as a chip
    funny now i come to think of it last year was pritty good cut some one day turned it twice and baled the next day

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    Quote Originally Posted by renewablejohn View Post
    I am sure where still 6 weeks behind in the north compared to the south.
    Nope I think you're right. I have nothing in the field except clover and stalks of crested dogs tail. Possibly peoples's re-seeds are growing well, but our old pasture is stood still. There is a bit that didn't get fert last year and grew like stink anyway - this year the whole field looks like it had no fert (and it all did !) I have no idea what is happening but I am very worried.

    I can vaguely remember we have never cut before July 23, for no particular reason except the weather. Making haylge now so not too bothered about the weather. There is grass cut all over the place though - for hay who knows if the dry spell will last.

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Just walked through our mown hay grass, cut on Friday and no way is it ready yet. It's second cut anyway but still pretty green and sappy. As we've had wall-to-wall sunshine with plenty of wind, too! Another day at least...

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    I have already made some bad hay. yes in this good year so beware.....
    double check it

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Some people leave too long as well.
    Its all location, faceing north , south , etc, high hedges, shading, type of grass, fert.used, type of turner etc, etc, so every farm different ?

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Have to be careful this hot weather,more hay goes up in smoke so i have always been told when the weather is hot,but its great weather for the job of haymaking,i hope you all make some good hay.this is the when i wish i was not retired.

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    cut Saturday am, turned mid day

    turned am Sunday, then rowed it up balled at 6 pm sun - 32 hours after cutting

    and 9-11% moisture, yield just shy of 2 t acre.

    and before you say the moisture has not gone up when i checked tonight!!

    12 months ago i was wearing a jumper and overalls whilst turning hay as it was so cold, this year i resemble a lobster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hesstondriver View Post
    cut Saturday am, turned mid day

    turned am Sunday, then rowed it up balled at 6 pm sun - 32 hours after cutting

    and 9-11% moisture, yield just shy of 2 t acre.

    and before you say the moisture has not gone up when i checked tonight!!

    12 months ago i was wearing a jumper and overalls whilst turning hay as it was so cold, this year i resemble a lobster!
    Have you got the big pincers too?? I like Lobster

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    All baled here , just got to cart them home

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    The Royal Welsh will be packed this year with farmers as will be lost for something to do , ha ha ???

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    just under 25000 conventionals in the barn. 85 acres should be fit tomorrow am which leaves us with 145 acres on our last farm which we will cut thurs.
    had the big hesston out today for first time and baled 35 acres for 110 bales for a customer.. hes got another 60 acres cut.. should be all done by mon/tues next week.
    this time last yr we hadn't started hay making yet!!!!

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Quote Originally Posted by nick channer View Post
    just under 25000 conventionals in the barn.
    Mowed on Thursday, went right back over with the tedder then raked Sunday and baled all 160 bales yesterday... I guess you folks don#t handle that many bales by hand do you???
    Be your self and speak your mind. Them that matter won't mind and the others don't matter

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    My neighbour mowed his on Friday .(he wants me to round bale it for hay) A light wispy crop to my mind and I tedded it Monday first thing ,and it was nearly hay then .
    I have not been near it since ,but some that I cut on Saturday of my own , tedded on Monday morning , (heavier crop) I rowed up tonight and will bale it Thurs morning

    Neighbout texted me tonight wanting to know the score , so I told him I would row it tomorrow morning and bale tomorrow afternoon.
    Had 3 texts telling me its not ready because its green underneath , and slightly damp . Its dew ,and it will be baled tomorrow , or he will be doing it himself



    I cant remember a year like it to be honest , amazing hay weather

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    even with all the sun
    a hell of a job to get the hay right
    very slow to get the green out
    next door is the same
    could be the late spring
    often seen hay come in in 3 days
    not this year

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    Re: Quick and easy hay

    Baled part of a field yesterday, about 3 - 3.5 acres, 552 good tight bales!
    One problem I have noticed this year some patches have gone very brown at the bottom of the stalks, not a huge amount but it makes the crop look untidy.
    Probably some of last autumns growth that didn't get topped because it was so wet!

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