Cost of preservative?
Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:47 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:02 PM
I am sure that all of the products have their high and low points and all do a good job when used for what they are intended.
Edited by Toyes Hill Angus, 11 March 2012 - 09:17 PM.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:35 PM
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:49 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:42 PM
Our hay is greener, and full of leaves, so in turn, it's better. The product is also applied at the swather, so the material starts bonding to the hay and the leaves instantly. Less leaf loss when raking, less when baling, etc. etc, equals more in the bale. You are losing the majority of your leaves when handling the hay, so applying a product at the baler to retain leaves makes ZERO sense to me.
The acid preservative I'm sure works wonders when curing/baling conditions are rough or not ideal. It is simply not neccessary here. The cutting I just finished, and my last cutting in October or November are the only times I may have curing issues. I've found that with the Dyna-Cure I don't have to fret about turning the hay a second time, as I'm not losing many leaves at all.
I will definitely get on top of this and try to get you guys some pictures/visual evidence of this product's benefits. We are behind it 100%, and have only run it for one cutting. Simply driving up to a recently cut field you can visually see the different between hay with and without the product.
Edited by LeadFarmer, 15 March 2012 - 12:45 PM.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:33 PM
Thirty years ago I was looking at curing agents. Good idea, but then the logistics were a problem.
I did find that the both the Acid and inoculants worked as advertised. Just be sure to keep things inside the design limits.
There is a another option tha some utilize. They use stem moisture to help retain the leaves.
For a while it was popular HERE to start baling with the dew and starting too early in the morning. That required some acid or inocuant and gave us an extra hour of baling time by starting earlier.
As I got older I simply reduced the amount of hay cut to something I can bale during our two to three hours between too tough and too dry. HERE
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