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  1. Alfalfa/Hay
    Throwing around the idea of getting a Baler, Planning on planting roughly 10 acres of alfalfa/grass mixture and wanting information opinions on what type of baler would be the best for my operation. I'm wanting to grass feed some cattle for market and I'm wanting to make the the most out of my...
  2. Market Talk
    Anyone seeing sluggish hay sales, particularly in the small squares market? We are located in west central Illinois and comparing with last year at this time, our sales are down 70%. Our main market is small squares and most of our customers are horsey folk. We should have had a few semi loads...
  3. Machinery
    Does anyone know anything about, or have any experience with, a Long 680 small square hay baler?
  4. Machinery
    Does anyone have any insight in a Case IH MDX91 disc mower? I am looking at one but want to get some reviews. It's 9 ft.
  5. Alfalfa/Hay
    Yes, me again. Last year I posted an article (including comments from some of you) regarding how the 2018 hay season had gone. It was one of our most-read articles for the year (Progressive Forage). Mind if I ask you a couple questions about this hay season, to use in another article? Let me...
  6. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hey folks, I recently heard a producer say his lower lignin alfalfa wouldn't crimp but went through the rollers like a wet noodle. He was having a hard time drying it for baling. Anybody else seeing that? Is this a one-off thing (rollers not adjusted right?) or more common? Lynn
  7. Alfalfa/Hay
    I started haying our own field last year. I've only done it half a dozen times. About 3 acres. One of my questions I always forget to ask between cuttings is what is the best way to pattern the raking, to get it ready for baling? I currently rake two rows together, and it works fine. The day I...
  8. Machinery
    Hey, everyone. Hubby and I are retired USAF and have been farming now for 8 years. We have 100 acres- 40 of it in grass hay which we feed our animals, and sell some if we have extra. Over the last couple of years our manpower pool has dwindled -- no one wants to sling square bales anymore. So, a...
  9. Machinery
    Posted not to long ago about baler not working. Found out it was a module terminatir that I needed. Baler is working now but will not auto tie. Anybody know how to troubleshoot that. I can manually tie it but will not auto tie. Also, net wrap is wrapping around feed roller in the net wrap box at...
  10. Barns, Buildings, and Storage
    Hey guys, I've heard that asphalt would be the better choice when used in a hay barn as opposed to gravel or concrete. Does anyone here have asphalt in their barn? I was quoted a "base asphalt #57 mixture" and a "surface pavement mix" -- both are way cheaper than concrete -- not entirely sure...
  11. Machinery
    I am looking for a round baler. Have found a couple or JD 430 locally. I am just getting started and this is all I can afford. So what do people think. Good baler or not so good. What should I look for when looking at the 2 used balers I am going to see? Are parts still avaliable? Easy to run...
  12. The HayTalk Learning Center
    I have bought a pz sweegers 360 tedding machine and I was wondering where I can find a operators manual. I saw several place on the web that say they have a pdf but unable to load them. I want to know how to properly operate it.
  13. Market Talk
    :) Howdy! What has been your largest single order of hay from a customer? Did you have any problems filling the order or with delivery? Just curious! Your views always appreciated! Always, Gene
  14. Machinery
    I have a John Deere 530 baler and fluid is leaking from the top of one of the gate lift cylinders. It is to the point now that the gate latches won't operate correctly and I have to lift and drop the gate quickly several times and hold my tongue just right to get the gate to latch again. I...
  15. Alfalfa/Hay
    I will be running a survey this fall/winter of hay producers. What's something you'd really like to know about how other producers operate? What info would be valuable to you? Lynn
  16. Alfalfa/Hay
    Looking for someone to cut and bale 30 acres of Bahia in Baytown, Texas. Hay needs to be cut and removed from the property as soon as possible. IT'S FREE!! Thank you. Members 1 posts 0 warning points LocationTexas Posted Today, 04:28 PM Looking for someone to cut and bale 30 acres of...
  17. Market Talk
    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ It appears that a significant amount of the country (including hay country) are impacted with some sort of drought. We already have customers that say their pastures are "done" and are starting to use more hay. We watch the local hay markets and it does seem...
  18. Machinery
    I have a market research question for hay producers, particularly those raising hay for horses. We have about 40 acres of alfalfa/orchard grass from which we bale about 10,000 small square bales a year for sale to people with horses (except any bad hay we round bale and feed to the cows). We...
  19. Alfalfa/Hay
    Hey guys and Gals, I bailed 40 Large Round Bails Net Wrapped 3 Days ago here in Kentucky. Some Storms have Rolled through the area. I was planning to store these bails inside for the horses this Winter. They are all Net wrapped, and rolled tight. Will these still be ok to store inside?
  20. Alfalfa/Hay
    I recently purchased some property and has about 52 acres of open hay field. I put fertilizer and potash on the 52 acres after my first cut. The timing couldn't have been better, since it rained the next day. I currently have coastal bermuda and it looks beautiful right now. I don't think we...
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