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Posted by Tom A on May 24, 2001 at 05:22:33 from (

Long question, but please bear with me!

Only been making hay for a year now, last year's turned out pretty decent. But I'd like to hear different opinions on the best way to handle rain that shows up after hay is cut but before it is baled. During the week I can only work the farm after work...a few hours of light this time of day.

I don't have a crimper or tedder and can't afford either right now. I have a very basic setup: 40+ year old sicklebar mower, rake, and square baler.

For example, yesterday (Wednesday) after work I cut a field. In places it is fairly heavy grass hay. The weather forecast is calling for showers tomorrow. So am I probably better off raking this evening, and letting it finish drying in windrows and bale it Saturday after the possible Friday rain....OR should I let it dry as it fell an additional day today and either let it get rained on Friday or windrow it Friday if no rain and bale after it is dry again, hopefully Saturday?

thanks for all opinions and explanations!


Reactie: here's a thought,
Get a hold of local weather records and look for a pattern, If your cutting hay now, i would think you will be getting several other cuts over the summer,

Im willing to bet that you will discover a pattern, that every 30 days or so you will get a break of good weather in bettween bad, do you follow. when good cutting weather comes along like now, you can expect it again in 20-35 days time all through the summer.

Take not of what the local dairy men are doing, when there cutting silage or hay, talk to them about it, bet you discover they wil have found the pattern,

It dosen't cost you nothing but a bit time waiting for good days. Find out your local cutting days cycle.

En een tweede reactie

Like the others have said, leave it lay until after the rain has passed. Not only will you have a chance of mold and mildew if you rake it before the rain, but if you have to re-rake it, it'll be tough. And that mold and mildew inside the bales is what causes barn fires....spontaneous combustion.

En om hem vrolijk te houden deze derde reactie: Do you have any problems with mould dust during the feeding process of hay during winter? Have any of you farmers develope Farmers Lung as a result of exposure to hay mould during the handling and feeding stage? Do you have a risk assessment for the handling and feeding process? If you have any information at all on the above, I would be very greatful, I am doing a project on Farmers Lung in the UK for a collage course.


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