To cut or not to cut! That is the question.
Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:22 AM
I got 35 acres ready to be cut, but it's awfully thin, scraggly looking. My August 1st cutting yielded 23 1000# BR bales. I'm guessing I might get 15 1000# bales.
My question: Given the time, fuel, effort and equipment wear and tear, possible stand loss due to lack of regrowth before winter, etc., is it worth taking a cutting from is now?
What's your thoughts?
Posted 09 September 2011 - 08:09 AM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 08:35 AM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:12 AM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:47 AM
Decided to mow it Monday. Started about noon when the dew finally burned off. Took 5 1/2 hours to cut 35 acres.
Raked it yesterday: Had to make 3-4 trips with a 27' rake to get a decent windrow. Started at 10:00. Took 4 1/2 hours to rake. After raking for 1 hour, stopped and put the kicker wheels back on the rake. Reduced trips from 4 down to 3 per windrow.
Started baling at 3:30. Twisted a belt on the 2nd bale, didn't catch that the bale had not started properly---first time ever with the BR780. Had to stop about every other bale and mess with the net wrap, it wouldn't start wrapping. Hay was very dry, most places running about 9-12% moisture. Waaaay dry. Took 3 hours to bale
30 acre field yielded 22 800-1000# bales, 5 acre field yielded 5 bales.
Rained 3/4 inch last night! And looks like more coming in.
Total time: about 12-13 hours
I wouldn't do the 30 acres again. The 5 acres was worth it.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:42 AM
I did the same thing yesterday that you did. Thats why I suggested it b4. I bet down the road, you will realize that work was well worth it. Heck even if you sold that hay 27 bales x $60 a piece. That pays for the fertilizer that you will have to put down. Its a no brainer for me.
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