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Headed to the swather to cut some more hay


sandhiller

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Lots of hay ground here never cut at all this year. Too much rain, either too few days of sun in a row, or land too wet to carry the equipment.

Anyone that didn't get hay made by now is not getting it. Drying days are gone.  Haylage still possible. 

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David VanWinkel always said haying season was year round. He was either making hay or feeding hay. Used to always tell about putting a HeatHouser on the tractor so Gail Herman could rake for him. 

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Worked at Heathercrest Farms during high school, and about 4 or so years after. With 450-500 acres of alfalfa, 700 acres corn,  125 +/- acres of oats, haying most years started when spring plowing ended. And continued until corn shelling time. One year, I unhooked the plow from the 856, an hour later was mowing hay with the NH 489. Two days later the planter tractor(656 gas) was free’d up from the corn planter, to take its proper place for summer in front of the haybine.

There were some years, by the time we got to the last fields of 2nd crop, the alfalfa had totally blossomed out, dried up, and ‘3rd’ crop was sprouting along side. The hay baled went to the beef herd.

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done for this year

putting the GEHL chopper away tomorrow

well try to work some dirt till snow starts flying 

then as soon the temp below 45 degrees pig processing starts

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I mowed a little third cut tonight, hopefully bale it dry Saturday. Did some last week for balage. I think this is the third time in probably 20 years I’ve gotten third cutting. It definitely takes longer to dry with these under 50 degree nights. 

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The rain is what put us all so late here too.

Just had a week of upper 80's but still some light rains and Dewy foggy mornings which gave a late start to the days.

Now we have rain in the forecast Thursday thru Sunday.

I have wiped a dusting of snow off the M seat to go mow😂

I'm close to the hay I need to get through the winter, and the hay is out there, just need some cooperation from Maw Nature🤠

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At home in the south west of France, the hay harvest was significantly delayed by heavy rain. Most of the hay could not be brought in dry.
The hay balls were put in plastic film.
 
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Seems like here the baler gets hooked up at the start of July and it stays hooked up till in October sometime. Between straw and slough hay it's always late fall going. And we usually end up cutting 2nd cut alfalfa after a killing frost. Haybine has A/C but no heat. Funny how I never seem to get to cut hay in the summer but late fall I end up getting to cut most of the 2nd cut, usually at night, lol. It gets pretty cold in that cab, and gotta keep the fan going to keep the windows clear, so usually I got my winter parka and bibs on trying to stay warm cutting hay 🤦‍♂️😂

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9 minutes ago, db1486 said:

Seems like here the baler gets hooked up at the start of July and it stays hooked up till in October sometime. Between straw and slough hay it's always late fall going. And we usually end up cutting 2nd cut alfalfa after a killing frost. Haybine has A/C but no heat. Funny how I never seem to get to cut hay in the summer but late fall I end up getting to cut most of the 2nd cut, usually at night, lol. It gets pretty cold in that cab, and gotta keep the fan going to keep the windows clear, so usually I got my winter parka and bibs on trying to stay warm cutting hay 🤦‍♂️😂

LOL that really made me laugh because I have wondered why my swather didnt have a heater

 

Then I thought, because normal people are done haying by the time it gets that cold out🤣

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Baled the last of the hay for the season here yesterday.  We made round bales and my brother was running his big square, both custom work.  I am putting my foot down that in the future all hay better be finished around the 10th of September as we get into bean straw soon after and just don’t have time to mess with hay.

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7 hours ago, sandhiller said:

Then I thought, because normal people are done haying by the time it gets that cold out🤣

There can’t be that many normal people that call themselves farmers or ranchers. We’ve all done something like this. I can remember one year helping my dad combine corn in February because of the mud. Go in the field by 6, shut down after lunch when the frost came out of the ground and it got muddy. Took a couple days at that pace but got that field done without having to pull out stuck trucks or combine. 

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7 hours ago, sandhiller said:

LOL that really made me laugh because I have wondered why my swather didnt have a heater

 

Then I thought, because normal people are done haying by the time it gets that cold out🤣

I've wondered that myself. Our swather has heat and a/c but not the haybine. Last year dad was swathing canola and I was cutting sloughs on those fields same time. It wasn't freezing but it sure wasn't warm. We shut down about a midnight and I'm just trying to stay warm, all bundled up. I walk over to the swather and he's in a t-shirt in there, heat cranked up. He said gee I didn't realize it was that chilly out 😂

I guess I'm not the only non-normal one then 😂

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Near my house this summer; my CASE IH dealer demonstrated the new CASE IH PUMA 260 tractor and a Pottinger round baler which puts the hay bales in plastic film at the same time.

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Dad always said all the good was gone from the hay when the frost hit it the first time. However, I've cut hay from him at the end of October when the haybine reel was slinging frost over my head! I have cut and baled hay while wearing a flannel coat and surrounded by a heathouser, but that is extremely unusual. This year, I finished the second half of the second cutting on the 16th and even though it was about 150 bales short of what I normally make, I'm extremely happy it's over. 

Mac

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