When dad and I did a lot of custom baling we tried to average 250 50 pound bales a hour.
We put 125 on a rack and would do two an hour if the barn crew kept us with empty racks.
I was 16 to 22 years of age at that time period. Dad was in his late 40's early 50's. Dad loaded every 3rd load to give me a break.
Many years we baled 40,000 bales a year loaded on the rack.
Best day was 1800 bales in 7 hours. I had help to load the last 3 or 4 loads that day.
Dropping on the ground a guy could average 300 an hour.
This was with a 275 New Holland baler. Still have that baler.
The round balers put our custom baling operation out of business. Thank God!