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Baling Hay 101:

May 16, 2017

 

Timing is key. Timing is everything. 

 

A lot of factors go into the process of making just one hay bale. It isn't a quick process as some might think, no, it actually takes an average of three days. Why so long you ask? Baling hay is a match of science and art.

 

When the weather warms and the grass grows tall, the farmer, from monitoring the nutrients in the fields and keeping an eye on the forecast, will determine when the timing is right to mow the first field. The weather needs to show a zero percent chance of rain for at least three days out before you want to cut the grass. This is because the grass needs to dry standing after the morning's dew, then after you cut it, we let it dry on the ground for half a day, we use a machine called a tedder to shuffle the grass around for a new side to dry (do this a few times until the grass is all dry), and then we rake the hay to set it in windrows for the baler to pick it up and create that first bale. 

 

I know, confusing process, right? 

 

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