Custom Hay Baling from Rick`s Custom Baling


Rick's Custom Baling, LLC.
East Berlin, PA

Contact Person:

Rick Jones


(717) 309-6582


Pennsylvania Custom Hay Baling - Rick`s Custom Baling



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. Nutritional loss occurs when the plant is low in moisture and them becomes rained on.



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.


Crone Rake

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.


Custom Hay Baling in PA

Small Square Bales - 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. The higher the moisture is, the more likely it is to mold and/or heat after being stored. We prefer not to use proprionic acid, which is a chemical that helps to dry hay in the event that it is baled too wet.

We use electronic moisture sensors on each baler that read real-time moisture contents (every 2-3 seconds) as we bale, to ensure the hay is dry. We also use a handheld moisture probe if an individual bale may seem higher in moisture. In addition, or balers have throwers on them in which a wagon is pulled behind the baler. As each bale passes through the baler, it is launched individually into the wagon. We found technique to be the quickest and most economical means of handling hay for storing in bank barns, as well as in pole barns.

Custom Hay Baling in PAMid-Size Square Bales of 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. These bales greatly minimize the need for hand labor through the use of mechanized machinery. More acreage can be covered within a day with a large square baler than a small square baler. Like our small square balers, the mid-size baler is equipped with an automatic preservative applicator to effectively produce feed-quality hay (up to 24% moisture) in the event that poor weather conditions are in the forecast.


Custom Hay Baling in PA

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.

The main reason for storing hay in this fashion is because hay is still performing respiration, even though it is stored. In other words, it is still drying just as it was drying in the field, except at a slower rate. If you would like more information or have questions on our services, feel free to call or email us at anytime. We would be glad to help you in anyway.

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