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Re: IH 990

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Phil H

04-17-2013 15:17:41

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I live in Red Bluff, Ca. It gets REAL HOT summers are 95-110. Would try and cut the triticale when it gets to the boot stage and not when it comes to a head. It sounds like the mower conditioner would lay the hay in a good enough windrow to be picked up with a baler....

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04-18-2013 09:52:55

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 Re: IH 990 in reply to Phil H, 04-17-2013 15:17:41  
Your location makes all the difference in the world. I don't see any reason it won't work to leave it in the windrow and bale from there. As JD said, you will have issues with the top getting too dry and bleached out while waiting for the bottom to dry....but as it gets mixed together during baling you won't notice it as much. Since you already have the rake, I guess I'd opt for mowing the hay out wide, and using the rake to rake sooner because the hay WILL dry faster laid out wide. You'll have bigger windrows which tend to make for better bales and the baling will go faster. With triticale, you don't have too much of a concern over leaf loss so laying it out wide has it benefits. You could actually rake it a tad early and avoid heavier field losses....letting it finish drying in the windrow. Sometimes all it will need is 2-3 hours.

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04-17-2013 21:54:57

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 Re: IH 990 in reply to Phil H, 04-17-2013 15:17:41  
Phil,we have similar weather here in Delta County Colorado.I use a 12' NH 499 hydroswing.With triticale/oats,etc., I lay it into a 3 1/2' windrow.After 3-5 days I can flip it.It will usually bale the next day.

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Phil H

04-18-2013 08:21:27

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 Re: IH 990 in reply to DeltaRed, 04-17-2013 21:54:57  
I know what the weather is like in Colorado, I grew up just out side of Boulder. Between the thunder storms you had work fast to get everything down and turned to dryout. A lot of people went to the conditioner to get that extra day of drying out the hay. From what everyone is saying it looks like I can get it in a windrow from the mower but probably would be tough to get the bottom to dry, I think a side delivery rake is my best bet to role everything over.

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JD Seller

04-17-2013 16:39:12

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 Re: IH 990 in reply to Phil H, 04-17-2013 15:17:41  
The mower/conditioner will easily throw the hay in a narrow enought windrow to bale. The trouble is going to be getting the bottom dry enough to bale with out burning up the top hay.

You did not say how much hay you are going to have. If it is just a little bit then you maybe alright. If it is very heavy you will have trouble getting it dry enought. It all depends on how heavy the windrow is.

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