The reason to cut the outside 1st is twofold.What is the most proficient way to cut and bale and lessor extent, rake the windrows? The way I started out is to cut the outer edges backwards with tractor on the inside, then turn around and drive on the fresh cut side, so the turns are to the left. How sharp of a turn can be made?
Once flipped around and cutting on the opposite side, now all turns are to the right. How tight should those be and is there anything to do when turning?
How fast/slow should it go when cutting/baling?
To date I have done it three times, but my windrows seen to be all over the place by the time ready to bale, so I am sure I am doing something not right. I also have an oddball field to mow as it is L shaped and not square or rectangular which adds turns, the second field I work is square, but rough, and not very big and enclosed on all 4 sides, so not much room to turn around off field.
Is there a certain pattern I should follow when cutting?
1) The mower was always on the right side and since the outer windrow takes longer to dry it went first.
2) This also gave you room to turn around straddle the 1st windrow and continue cutting on the right.
As far as how tight the turns can be it depends on the machinery and field size, if the UJ chatters it's too tight.
For speed it depends on equipment, sickle-mower is the slowest, discbine the fastest, actual speed is a combination
of which cutter & tractor hp you have, should try to maintain an even flow to avoid clumps.