This is first in the hay making process. We use a mower called a discbine that cuts and conditions the hay. Conditioning hay is the act of opening the stomata on the plant for respiration to continue, even though the plant is cut. Cutting can be done during a dry day or a rainy day. Even if it is raining, the cut plant still has the same amount of moisture in it as when it was standing.
Tedding occurs immediately after cutting. As the hay is put through the tedder, it comes out of the tedder and is distributed evenly. In other words, it blankets the entire field with hay. This decreases drying time anywhere from 12 hours to 24 hours. It is a crucial piece of equipment needed to make quality hay.
Raking occurs on the same day of baling once the hay is dry. We use a rotary rake that puts the hay in a fluffy, tall windrow. This type of raking allows the hay to still dry while being in a row, versus older style rakes that "rope" and twist the hay into a windrow, therefore prohibiting the hay to dry thoroughly.
Baling is the process of picking the hay up off the ground, compressing it into approximately 10-12 flakes, and then tying the bale with plastic twine. We prefer to make bales approximately 38" long, which usually weigh 45 to 50 pounds, depending on the type of hay. Baling occurs when the hay is below 14% moisture.
3'x3'x7-8' can be produced, typically weighing from #500-700 pounds depending on length of bale, crop type, and moisture contents. These bales can contain 30-40 slabs per bale, which flake off similarly as small square bales. Moisture contents typically must be slightly lower in this larger package when compared against small square bales to minimize any chances of dust or mold.
The bales must be unloaded off the wagon as quick as possible to retain nutritional quality and color. If needed, we can provide labor to throw the bales for an additional charge. Bales should be stored with the twine to the side, and the cut side of the bale being on top. The cut side of a bale is the side which is cut by the plunger as it starts to pass though the baler.
Pennsylvania Hay For Sale
Rick`s Custom Baling strives to offer top Pennsylvania horse-quality forage at an affordable prices. Making our own Pennsylvania hay, we take pride in our prduct as an effecient feed source. Hay fields are carefully managed to consistently produce quality hay year after year. We use a combination of traditional techniques and newer technology to ensure any hay is produced dry, timely and efficiently. If we don`t have the hay you are looking for, we will work to locate it for you.
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